How do I lock my Mac? Secure your desktop in 3 easy steps

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There are a few ways this can be accomplished, and the following steps use a Keychain Access shortcut to provide easy access to the Lock Screen feature.

TIP: Make sure your identity is set up with a secure password, too: your locked desktop won't be too secure if everyone can guess your password!

Here are the steps:

  1. Open Keychain Access
  2. Open Keychain Access preferences
  3. Check the Show Status in Menu Bar checkbox

You will now see a small lock icon in the menu bar - click the icon, and click on Lock Screen menu item to lock your screen.

That's it!

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