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Android and Apple have long given people a way to track and disable your gadgets remotely. Microsoft has also joined the club by letting you track and lock your Windows PC using the “Find My Device” on Windows 10.
Find My Device uses your device’s location data to help you find it when it’s lost or stolen. You can use the same service to make sure that the device is locked so that no one can use it, and also to display information about how people can return it to you.
The device needs to meet a couple of requirements to use the feature:
- It must be connected to the Internet.
- You must have already enabled Find My Device on the PC.
- You must have an account on the device that has administrator privileges and is a Microsoft account. You can’t do this with a local user account
Assuming your device meets those criteria, let’s take a look at how to use Find My Device.
How to Lock Your Windows 10 PC Remotely
Open a web browser to the Microsoft account page, enter your password, and then click “Sign In.”
From the main page, click on the “Show Details” link located underneath the device you want to lock.
On the next page, click “Find My Device.”
If your device location shows it to be somewhere you don’t expect, click “Lock” to begin locking your device.
Locking your device logs out any active users and disables local user accounts. Click “Next.”
On the next screen, you can set up a customized message to help people return your device. The message appears on the lock screen of your device when someone turns it on.
Afterward, if you think your account is compromised, we suggest you change your password to be on the safe side. After you find your device, you can sign in to it using the administrator account for your PC.
Alongside the long list of security features, such as built-in antivirus, anti-ransomware, and firewall, Windows 10 also includes “Find my device,” which is a feature that allows you to locate and lock your computer in case it’s lost or stolen.
If your desktop, laptop, or tablet is lost or stolen from your house, work, or a public place, even if “Find my device” isn’t enabled, you can use your Microsoft account online to quickly log out any active users remotely with the ability to change the password and track down its physical location.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to lock and track down your computer remotely using your Microsoft account to prevent prying eyes from accessing your data.
How to lock a Windows 10 device remotely
If lost, stolen, or you think your device has been compromised, you can use the following steps to lock your computer remotely:
Note: Although it may be obvious, remember that for this feature to work, the device must be connected to the internet using a Microsoft account.
In the “Overview” tab, click the Show details (or Manage) button for the device you want to lock.
Click the Lock button on the top-right side.
Click the Next button.
Click the Lock button.
Once you’ve completed the steps, if the attempt to reach your device remotely is successful, Windows 10 will sign out any active users, disable the local users, and show your message in the Lock screen. However, administrator accounts will remain active, but any unauthorized access will be blocked.
After you recover your device, nothing will be different. You can sign in to your account with your original or with the new password that you created during the lock process.
Enabling location tracking after the device is locked
The ability to lock your device remotely is part of the “Find my device” feature on Windows 10, and if it wasn’t already enabled, after the device is logged out, your Microsoft account will also give you an Enable location option to turn on the feature remotely to track down your computer.
If you’re reading this guide before the unexpected happen, it’s best to enable the Find my device feature on your computer when you still have access using these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Click on Find my device.
Click the Change button.
After completing the steps, your device will record its current location several times a day in your Microsoft account, which you can then use to determine its last known location in case it goes offline and you can no longer track its current location.
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We cannot imagine losing our computer or laptop and being used by someone else. All our personal data, passwords, and card information will be on our laptop and that is enough to give us a heart attack. In case you lost your laptop, you can now Windows 10 PCs remotely.
In this guide, we will show you how to lock Windows 10 PC remotely from anywhere.
Lock Windows 10 Remotely Using Find My Device
Microsoft account features a Find My Device feature that lets you track and locate lost computers. Though the tracking is not that accurate, you can still lock your Windows 10 PC and laptops remotely using the same. If your lost laptop or PC has Microsoft account logged in, you can try using the Find My Device option.
- Go to Microsoft account and sign in from another PC.
- Click on the “Devices”.
- Choose your PC to lock remotely.
- From the next page click on “Security and Protection”.
- Now click on the “Find My Device” tab.
- Choose your PC or Laptop from the Find My Device window.
- Click the “Lock” button to initiate locking PC remotely.
- From the next screen, enter a message to be shown and click the “Lock” option.
Your lost PC must be connected to the internet to lock Windows 10 remotely. This will sign out all the active users on your computer. Once you are able to get back your laptop, you will get back the administrator account only.
Lock Windows 10 Remotely by Sending Email
You can use Microsoft’s Find My Device option to lock Windows 10 PC remotely when you know the Microsoft account login and password always. But, it will be difficult if you forgot your Microsoft account username or password. in such cases, you can simply lock your PC with a mail, yes just an email to your computer and it will be locked instantly.
It is possible with the tool named Mozilla Thunderbird. One downside of this method is that you need to set up the Thunderbird on your Windows 10 PC before losing it. So, if you already lost your laptop and you have not set up the workaround yet, there is no hope here either. You can still follow the method and protect your other computers from lost again.
- Create a text file “Lock.txt” on your Windows PC or laptop.
- open the text file and type in the command:
“ @echo off
rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
- Save the file as “Lock.bat” by changing the extension from txt.
- Open Mozilla Thunderbird and click on the “Menu” from the top bar.
- Click on the “Add-ons” ad install the “Mailbox Alert” add-on.
- Now right-click on your Email ID.
- Go to “Mailbox Alert > Edit Mailbox Alert alerts”.
- Click on the “Add” button.
- Give any name in the name text box. Check the “Execute a command”.
- Click the browse button and select the Lock.bat file you created.
- Click OK.
- Now, go to the Thunderbird menu and click the “Message Filters”.
- Click on “New”.
- Specify any name in the Filter name part.
- Now type “Lock My PC” in the text box near to the dropdown list with the name “contains”.
- You should have to specify the exact word in the mail to lock Windows 10 Remotely.
- Go to “Perform these action” and set the first dropdown menu to “Mailbox Alert”.
- Change the next dropdown menu and select “Lock My PC“.
- Click Ok.
Now, you are all set. You can instantly log out of your account and lock Windows 10 PC just by sending mail. Send a mail with “Lock My PC” as subject to the thunderbird mail address in order to lock your computer remotely from anywhere.
All the above-mentioned methods can lock Windows 10 PC remotely without even bothering about your data loss. If your laptop or computer has an active connection at the current time, it will take no time to lock the computer from anywhere.
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To find (and remotely lock) your Windows 10 PC, you must use a Microsoft account, and have location services turned on.
- On another computer, log in to account.microsoft.com with your Microsoft account
- On the Account website, go to Devices, locate the device you want to lock, and click on Show Details
- From there, click on Find My Device, and then click on Lock
- You can set a personal message to show up on the device, and also see where the device is on a map
- If you believe your Windows 10 device was stolen, be sure to call the authorities.
Android and Apple users have a way to track and lock their gadgets remotely. You can do the same with any Windows 10 PC. “Find My Device” on Windows 10 uses your device’s location data to help you find it, if it ever gets lost or stolen. You do need to have your Windows 10 PC location turned on (Settings>Privacy>Location) to take advantage of the Find My Device feature.
Here are the three things you need to take advantage of Find My Device on Windows 10:
- You must have an internet connection.
- You must have already enabled Find My Device on your Windows 10 PC.
- You must have administrator privileges on the device and the device needs to be attached to your Microsoft account.
It should be noted that you will not be able to enable Find My Device with a local account on the Windows 10 device. Assuming your device meets all of the requirements, let’s move on to how to use Find My Device on Windows 10.
Find My Device on Windows 10
Open any web browser, and go to the Microsoft account page, enter your password, and then click “Sign In.”
From there, you will be taken to your Microsoft account dashboard. Here you can see a list of your Windows 10 devices. From this main Microsoft account dashboard, you can choose which device you need to locate and lock.
Click on the “Show Details” link underneath the device you want to locate and lock. From here, you will be taken to Windows 10 device page, choose “Find my Device.”
If your device appears in a location you don’t recognize, choose “Lock” to lock your Windows 10 PC. You can choose a friendly message to display on the lock screen of your Windows 10 PC in an attempt to physically retrieve your device.
Once you create a lock screen message, you can choose to completely disable and lock your Windows 10 PC remotely.
Once your device is locked, Microsoft will email updates on your device, although it is unclear what information Microsoft will email concerning your locked device. If your Windows 10 PC is stolen, you can call the police to give them the location details and go from there. I wouldn’t recommend taking the law into your own hands to retrieve any physical item that can be replaced. Although you will be out of a couple hundred or a couple thousand dollars, your physical safety is not worth the risk.
Windows 10 comes with all sorts of advanced security features built-in like an antivirus program, anti-ransomware software, and a firewall. Very useful right? But did you know that Windows 10 also features a “Find my device,” option? This can be an extremely valuable tool that will help you to find and lock your machine in case it has been stolen or somehow lost.
What if I didn’t enable the “Find my device” feature?
That’s not a problem. Even if your personal desktop computer, your laptop, or your tablet gets lost or stolen from your home or your office you can still enable”Find my device” through your Microsoft account online to speedily log out any currently active users remotely. You can also change your password and find your machine’s location from your Microsoft account.
This article serves as a guide on how to activate your “Find my device” feature, lock your device, and prevent thieves from getting their hands on your private data.
How to lock down a Windows 10 computer remotely with “Find my device”
If you somehow misplaced your Windows 10 device or it was stolen from your home or workplace you can follow these steps to lock it quickly and remotely:
- Enter your Microsoft account online.
- Select “Devices”.
- Press the “Overview” tab, and select the Show details (or Manage) button for the device you wish to lock.
- Press the “Find my device” tab.
- Select the Lock button on the top-right side.
- Click on the “Next” button.
- At this point, you will be prompted to create a short message with return instructions. This message will appear in the Lock screen. Leave whatever message you want but make sure it contains your contact info.
- Click the “Lock” button.
- Press the “Reset password” button to change your current password if you think your account may have been compromised. Alternatively, click on the OK button.
Note: for this to work your device MUST be connected to the internet. Otherwise, it will be impossible for the lock command to reach it.
After you have completed all 10 steps Windows 10 will automatically sign out any and all active users, disable the local users, and show the message you wrote in the Lock screen if the attempt to reach your device remotely was successful. The administrator accounts will still remain active, but any unauthorized access will be stopped.
If you got lucky and managed to get your Windows 10 device back, everything will be the same as before. You can simply sign in to your account with your original password or with a new password if you created one during the lock process.
How to enable location tracking after your device has been locked
The option to lock your device remotely is just one part of the “Find my device” feature on Windows 10. If you hadn’t already enabled it your Microsoft account will automatically display an “Enable location” option to turn on the feature to remotely track down your missing device, assuming it’s still connected to the internet.
- Here’s how you can enable the “Find my device” feature on your computer:
- Enter the Settings menu.
- Press on “Update & Security”.
- Select “Find my device”.
- Press the “Change” button.
- Hit the “Save my device’s location periodically” toggle.
Note: it’s recommended that you perform the actions as soon as possible.
After you’ve done these steps, your Windows 10 device will log its current location multiple times a day in your Microsoft account. This will be quite handy if you’re unlucky enough it gets lost or stolen. Even if someone disables it you may still be able to track it through its last known location.
Microsoft released Windows 10 with many interesting features that not only makes it more convenient but also more secure than its predecessors. One of the aspects where Apple has a significant edge over Windows is security. Therefore, Microsoft has worked a lot to provide its users complete peace of mind when it comes to safety and security.
Features like, smartscreen filter, Windows Defender, secure Edge browser, Find My Device, etc. make Windows 10 a safer platform to work on.
Amongst all these nifty features Find my Device is one of the most appreciated one. The feature helps know exact location of your computer/laptop. This feature works like find my device feature in Android and iPhone. Moreover, using this feature you can lock your Windows 10 computer even when you have walked away from it. Sounds interesting! And wish to learn how? Then just continue reading the article till the end.
Remotely Lock Windows 10 Computer
Though quite lately but lastly Windows introduce this highly needed security feature that allows its users to lock their Windows PC or laptops remotely. This comes handy when forget to lock our system. Best part of Find my Device is, you can lock your Windows 10 PC remotely even with your smartphone.
Windows already provided Remote Desktop Connection feature in the earlier versions. But accessing the PC remotely using Remote Desktop Connection raise security concern, therefore security experts advice to disable this feature when not in use. This is when, Microsoft’s Find My Device feature helps lock your PC remotely.
Prerequisite for Using this Feature:
Before getting started with this feature, you need to fulfil following pre-requirements:
- Your Windows 10 device should have an active Internet connection.
- Find My Device Feature should be enabled on the machine. If you do not know how to enable this feature, read How to Setup Find My Device in Windows 10
- You need to have an account with administrative privileges, signed with a Microsoft account. This feature cannot be used with a non-Microsoft account.
Once all the above prerequisites are followed you are good to go ahead.
How to Remotely Lock Windows 10 PC
2. Now provide your username followed by the password in the Sign-in window to login into your Microsoft account.
3. After signing in click on Manage option located under Devices section.
Alternatively, you can also click on Devices, and in the new window that open click on Show Details in the device section.
4. On the new page that open click on Find My Device option. This will display the current location of your PC along with the last seen status.
Here, click on the Lock button as you wish to remotely lock your PC. This will log you and other active user out and disable local accounts, blocking all unauthorized access. Click Next button to proceed.
On the last screen, you can write a personalized message that will stay on the lock screen. However, since your primary objective is to lock the computer you can skip the message and click on the Lock to proceed.
This way you can lock your Windows 10 PC. Now, whenever you have access to your PC to login use admin account to sign in to your computer.
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Find My Device is a feature that can help you locate your Windows 10 device if it’s lost or stolen. To use this feature, sign in to your device with a Microsoft account and make sure you’re an administrator on it. This feature works when location is turned on for your device, even if other users on the device have turned off location settings for their apps. Any time you attempt to locate the device, users using the device will see a notification in the notification area.
This setting works for any Windows device, such as a PC, laptop, Surface, or Surface Pen. It needs to be turned on before you can use it.
You can’t use it with a work or school account, and it doesn’t work for iOS devices, Android devices, or Xbox One consoles. Here’s what to do if your Xbox gets stolen.
Turn on Find my device
When you set up a new device, you can decide whether to turn on or turn off the Find my device setting. If you turned it off during setup and now want to turn it on, make sure your Windows device is connected to the internet, has enough battery power so it can send its location, and that you’re signed in to the device using your Microsoft account.
On the device that you want to change, select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Find my device.
Select Change for the device you want to change.
Find your Windows device
Select the Find My Device tab.
Choose the device you want to find, and then select Find to see a map showing your device’s location.
Note: You can locate a shared device only if you have an administrator account on it. On the shared device, select Start > Settings > Account > Your info to see if you’re an administrator.
Lock your Windows device remotely
When you find your device on the map, select Lock > Next.
Once your device is locked, you can reset your password for added security. For more info about passwords, see Change or reset your Windows password.
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Hello friends, Today I will tell you a method on how to lock your Windows PC remotely when you are away. Users can lock their Windows PC/Laptop remotely. You can lock your Windows computer even when you are far away from your computer. You can secure your computer remotely using this method. Both of these methods are working, and you can lock your computer even when you are away. You can lock by staying in office to home or vice versa.
Suppose you are not at home and you need to lock your Windows PC then how you will lock your Windows PC remotely? Ever wondered about a method to lock your Windows PC remotely? Not now, right. Well, I will be explaining a couple of ways by which you can learn that how to lock your Windows PC remotely when you are outside. Of course, you can lock your Windows PC remotely using your Android smartphone. The methods are very simple and straightforward so that you can learn easily that how do you lock your Windows PC remotely from the Android phone.
Method 1 – Using TeamViewer
TeamViewer is the best and very popular remote desktop software in the world. Everyone knows TeamViewer very well. TeamViewer is available for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc. devices. Though, you can use it to lock your Windows PC remotely using the Android phone. TeamViewer is totally free to use though no charges you have to for it to use it. I have shared simplest guide ever to know that how to lock your Windows PC remotely using TeamViewer software. Explore the step by step guide from below to know more about it.
- Get the TeamViewer software on your Windows PC/Laptop.
- Now, get the Teamviewer app on your Android phone.
- Then, open it on your Windows PC and note down the ID and password of it.
- After that, go to your Android phone and enter that Id then enter the password.
- Once connected to your Windows PC then you can use the lock feature to lock your PC remotely.
Method 2 – Using AnyDesk
AnyDesk is a very famous software for remote desktop service. Most of Windows users use Anydesk to get remote desktop service for free of cost. The best part of Anydesk is that it is free, run smoothly on Windows OS, and very light weighted for every device. However, it supports the devices like Android, Windows, Mac, iPhone, and more. I have shared a method to you by which you can get and use Anydesk to lock your Windows PC remotely from your Android phone. So, let us go through the method to know more about it.
- Get the Anydesk software for your Windows PC/Laptop.
- Now, go to the Google Play Store and get the Anydesk app for your Android phone.
- Then, open Anydesk on your PC and write down the ID and password on your Android phone.
- Now, when you get outside then open the Anydesk app on your Android phone.
- Enter the ID and password to get connected. After that, lock the PC using options.
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