5 best USB software for locking your PC [2020 Guide]

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  1. WinLockr USB Lock Key

WinLockr is another popular freeware that lets you lock or unlock Windows computer using a USB flash drive. It features a simple interface that displays the main functions of the application in a single Window.

The first step in using WinLockr is to create a master password which will be needed in the unlocking process. When your PC is locked, the unlocking window is displayed in two modes: a full-screen mode or a mini window. The program supports automatic keyboard locking. In addition, it features a unique shutdown prevention feature that prevents restarts or shutdowns when the computer is running.

WinLockr USB lock key

WinLockr also disables both the keyboard and mouse for extra protection and can only be released by a key combination. Even if someone discovers your password, their attempts will fail because they will need a key combination to unlock the keyboard. This adds an extra layer of safety and keeps off any unauthorized access to your computer. To use this software, simply launch it after the installation process is complete and create a password. Once prompted, plug in the USB and choose ‘Install on USB’. This automatically configures the device to act as a locking mechanism.

Download WinLockr USB lock key from this link

  1. USB System Lock

USB System lock is an open source locking freeware that enables you to unlock your computer when a specific USB drive is plugged in and automatically locks the system once the drive is unplugged. The software can run on almost all USB devices including Card Readers, MP3 players etc. The only limitation with this software is that it can only protect your computer under the normal boot. It does not run under the safe boot. Other than that, the program is really good and simple to use, adding an extra layer of security to your PC.

Download USB System Lock from this link 

USB lock keys are very convenient as they don’t require you to memorize passwords from time to time. Have you used any of the above keys before, or perhaps you know of other handy USB lock key software? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.