Using a USB Flash Drive as a Computer Lock- How to?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LaryUdienhizer, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. LaryUdienhizer macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Hello everyone! I've got a question about computer privacy!

    If you're anything like me, you're having to put up with your family hijacking your personal computer at odd times when you're out of the house, and, frankly, they are not internet savvy enough to understand which websites you should and should not trust to visit.

    I know I could just change my user password and such, but what about this?

    Is it possible to take a USB Drive and mount some kind of script or software onto it that will effectively make it a "key" to "start" your computer? If you don't have the USB or some copy of it, you have no admission to the computer's contents beyond the log in screen. If you do, fine, you can log on and use it normally.

    Any ideas? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and have tried to find some kind of software to make it possible, but the internet refuses to give me an answer. What are your suggestions?
  2. AmbiguousNinja macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2011
    That sounds exactly like changing your password except with a USB drive sticking out of your mac. Why would you do that?
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You could also just create a user with limited privileges, especially no installation rights. Like parental controls, only controlling parents, I guess.

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