Requiring a Password When Resuming from Stand-by Mode (Sleep)

Requiring a password when resuming from a screensaver or waking from sleep (stand-by mode).


A screensaver password and a sleep/stand-by password are different settings on a PC. It is likely that your screensaver starts up before your computer goes to sleep, so that may be a better choice on a desktop computer. On a laptop, your computer goes to sleep when you close the lid. Since your screensaver would not be active at that point a screensaver password would not protect you.

So for laptops you will want to set a sleep/stand-by password.

  1. Start menu: Control Panel
  2. Power Options
  3. On the left choose Require a password on wakeup
  4. You may have to click the link that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”
  5. Select Require a password.

You will be able to wake the computer with your network password (if you are on campus) or your local Windows password (off campus) although it is likely they are the same.

To put your computer to sleep immediately:

Press ctrl-alt-del and choose “Lock this computer” or “Lock this workstation” or hit the Windows Flag key and the “L” at the same time

For desktops you may want to set a screensaver password.


  1. System Preferences: Security: General tab
  2. Check the Require Password box and choose the delay time

To put your computer to sleep immediately:

From the Apple menu, choose sleep, or use the shortcut Apple-Option-Eject.