How to Secure Your PC When You’re Not in the Room

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Windows 10 has a great feature called Dynamic Lock that will automatically lock your PC whenever you leave the room. It works by pairing your Android with your computing device. But for this feature to work, you need to have Bluetooth enabled on your phone, and your PC needs to have Bluetooth capability. To activate Dynamic Lock, all you have to do is take your phone with you when you’re not in the room, and it will automatically lock around a minute after it detcts that you’re no longer in Bluetooth range.

How it works

Dynamic Lock will lock your computer automatically based on the following:

  1. It does not detect user input for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Bluetooth has been enabled on the PC and smartphone.   
  3. Your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone is no longer in the same room.
  4. If someone starts to use your PC while it’s unlocked, Dynamic Lock won’t engage even if you leave the room with your smartphone.
  5. There’s no Dynamic Unlock feature when you return to your desk. You’ll have to login again.

How to enable Dynamic Lock

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth on your PC and Android device.

Each Android device may vary, so if you can’t find your Bluetooth settings, check your phone’s manual. You can also visit this link: https://support.google.com/android/answer/3094742

Enable Bluetooth on Android:

  1. Tap on Settings on your Android device.
  2. Look for Bluetooth or the Bluetooth symbol in your settings and tap it.
  3. Look for the option to enable. Tap on it so that is in the on position.

Enable Bluetooth on Windows 10:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
  2. Toggle the Bluetooth switch to turn it On or Off as desired.

Step 2: Pair your phone

You must first pair your phone with your PC before you can enable Dynamic Lock.

  1. On your PC, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. (You can also press Start and then type Bluetooth in the search bar and press enter.)
  2. Turn on Bluetooth with the toggle switch.
  3. Next, tap the “+” button for Add Bluetooth or other device.
  4. In the pop-up Add a device window, click on Bluetooth, then choose your device from the list that shows up.
  5. You should now get prompts on both your PC and phone.
  6. Passcodes will appear on your phone and PC. If they match, accept them both by clicking Yes on the PC and then click Pair on the phone to pair.

Update your PC’s Bluetooth driver:

In the search box next to the Start button, type Device Manager and click to expand the Bluetooth line.

Right-click on the first Bluetooth item listed (e.g, Bluetooth USB module), tap Update driver and then select Search automatically for updated driver software.

Step 2: Activate Dynamic Lock

Once your PC and phone have been paired:

  • Click the Start button
  • Go to Settings > Accounts
  • Click Sign-in options in the left panel.
  • Scroll down to the Dynamic Lock section and check the box for Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device when you’re away.
  • You’re done!

You have now enabled Dynamic Lock. So, every time you leave the room with your smartphone, your PC should automatically to into Locked mode.

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