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Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton and Garrick Chow and Nick Brazzi

Video: Setting up an automatic login for Windows and Mac

- Hi, I'm Nick Brazzi. In this week's Monday Productivity Pointers, I want to talk about a favorite topic of mine, balancing security with convenience. Depending on how you have your computer set up, you may have to type your password in before you can use it every time you start up your computer or wake it from sleep. For some people, this is a necessary security precaution. But for other people who don't have any private or sensitive information on their computer, it's just a nuisance. The point is, some people have the password barrier set up, and some people don't.
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    1. Setting up an automatic login for Windows and Mac NEW
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      1. Welcome back to Monday Productivity Pointers!
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    3. 16m 55s
      1. The Pomodoro technique
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      2. Using accessibility tools to enhance productivity on Mac and Windows
        7m 36s
      3. Designating a Facebook heir
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      2. Using the free version of GoToMeeting
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      3. Creating mind maps
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      4. Working with a touch app on a Windows 8 desktop PC
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      1. Running a group meeting with coworkers
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      2. Recording and marketing chat on air
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      3. Creating a quick presentation
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      4. Presenting from an iPad or computer
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      5. Migrating your accounts to
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      6. Setting budgets and goals
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      7. Collaborating on team documents
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      8. Creating an online photo gallery
        4m 58s
      9. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
        10m 41s
      10. Driving traffic to your project
        5m 48s
      11. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
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      12. Adding video and chat notifications
        4m 7s
      13. Accepting a payment with Square
        4m 35s
      14. Using the Square Wallet
        2m 32s
      15. Setting up shop on Etsy
        6m 31s
      16. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
        4m 9s
      17. Raising your Klout score
        7m 3s
      18. Earning Klout perks
        4m 55s
      19. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
        4m 56s
      20. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
        2m 57s
      21. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
        5m 5s
      22. Removing a page from the Google search index
        4m 42s
      23. Browsing privately in public
        4m 38s
      24. Cleaning up your session before logging out
        5m 8s
      25. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
        3m 42s
      26. Taking screenshots from a PC
        4m 12s
      27. Taking screenshots from a Mac
        3m 36s
      28. Setting up Find My iPhone
        3m 36s
      29. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
        3m 49s
      30. Sampling color from the screen
        5m 27s
      31. Using for inspiration
        3m 22s
      32. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
        5m 49s
      33. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
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      34. Record your screen using QuickTime
        3m 14s
      35. Record your screen using CamStudio
        2m 34s
      36. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
        3m 9s
      37. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
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      38. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
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      39. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
        5m 46s
      40. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
        6m 52s
      41. Customizing the Mac Mail View
        7m 13s
      42. What's a firewall?
        7m 36s
      43. What is the Cloud?
        4m 42s
      44. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
        7m 19s
      45. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
        5m 7s
      46. Installing the Feedly browser extension
        6m 34s
      47. Customizing Feedly
        6m 53s
      48. Understanding the basics of Twitter
        9m 9s
      49. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
        9m 14s
      50. Working with URL Shorteners
        5m 45s
      51. Using
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      52. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
        6m 19s
      53. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
        6m 7s
      54. Shutting off access to social networks
        6m 18s
      55. Hiding taskbars
        2m 36s
      56. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
        10m 7s
      57. Running a productive online meeting
        3m 44s
      58. Getting meeting minutes faster
        6m 47s
      59. TextExpander for Mac
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      60. Breevy for Windows
        3m 44s
      61. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
        5m 52s
      62. Using Windows Libraries
        4m 25s
      63. Finding large attachments in your email apps
        5m 13s
      64. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
        3m 30s
      65. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
        2m 56s
      66. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
        4m 7s
      67. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
        3m 16s
      68. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
        3m 45s
      69. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
        3m 20s
      70. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
        4m 1s
      71. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
        4m 10s
      72. Resetting browser site passwords
        7m 11s
      73. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
        7m 42s
      74. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
        7m 59s
      75. Setting up dual band speed on your router
        7m 36s
      76. Add your social media activity to your website
        8m 54s
      77. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
        4m 48s
      78. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
        8m 20s
      79. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
        5m 58s
      80. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
        5m 11s
      81. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
        4m 31s
      82. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
        4m 18s
      83. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
        5m 52s
      84. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
        4m 25s
      85. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
        3m 55s
      86. Getting to Inbox Zero
        11m 4s
      87. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
        3m 19s
      88. Adding 2-step authentication
        3m 39s
      89. Enabling in-app PIN codes
        3m 31s
      90. Accessing your digital movies
        5m 20s
      91. Copying movies onto a device
        3m 25s
      92. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
        3m 34s
      93. Sending your scans
        2m 41s
      94. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
        4m 49s
      95. Writing a letter of recommendation
        7m 49s
      96. Constructing a successful press release
        4m 48s
      97. Troubleshooting wireless security
        4m 48s
      98. Writing a claim letter
        5m 22s
      99. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
        5m 9s
      100. How to do a firmware update
        6m 34s
      101. Siri, your iPhone assistant
        4m 48s
      102. Writing an email that gets read
        4m 51s
      103. Writing an email that requires action
        2m 54s
      104. Your Blu-ray questions answered
        3m 50s
      105. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
        3m 9s
      106. Exporting WordPress blog entries
        3m 28s
      107. Understanding how Office 365 works
        5m 9s
      108. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
        2m 58s
      109. Downloading your Facebook timeline
        3m 10s
      110. Scheduling email with Boomerang
        4m 24s
      111. Google Labs for Calendar
        2m 58s
      112. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
        2m 10s
      113. Requesting your Twitter archive
        2m 59s
      114. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
        4m 59s
      115. Easily remote to another computer with
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      116. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
        2m 58s
      117. Easily annotate images with Skitch
        6m 4s
      118. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
        3m 3s
      119. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
        6m 41s
      120. Migrating to Google Apps
        9m 31s
      121. Using supplemental To Do apps
        3m 43s
      122. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
        2m 36s
      123. Four tips to teach kids about websites
        8m 19s
      124. Caring for family members from afar
        4m 39s
      125. Using Google Sheets to make templates
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12h 16m Appropriate for all Mar 25, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2015

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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube,, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

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Jess Stratton Garrick Chow Nick Brazzi

Setting up an automatic login for Windows and Mac

- Hi, I'm Nick Brazzi. In this week's Monday Productivity Pointers, I want to talk about a favorite topic of mine, balancing security with convenience. Depending on how you have your computer set up, you may have to type your password in before you can use it every time you start up your computer or wake it from sleep. For some people, this is a necessary security precaution. But for other people who don't have any private or sensitive information on their computer, it's just a nuisance. The point is, some people have the password barrier set up, and some people don't.

But there are lots of people who have not enabled or disabled the password lock feature because they just don't know how to do it. Now this is a little easier to set up on a Mac, so we're going to start there. Then, we'll move over to Windows in a minute. So here on the Mac, i'm going to go into System Preferences, and I'm looking for the category labeled Users and Groups. On your computer, you may only have one user account, but on this computer I have several. That's because this computer is used at my office for recording courses for

One of the other user accounts is for Brad, one of the other authors here at, and then we have some accounts that are set up by our IT Department. So you may see multiple accounts, or you might not. If you share a computer with a family member, you might have multiple accounts here. But that's not really the point. I'm going to focus on just one user account for now. Before you can make any changes to your account settings, you're probably going to have to hit this lock icon to unlock it. So I'm going to click on that, and I'll type in my password.

And I'll hit Unlock. And now I'm able to make changes. So from here, I'm going to select the option that says Login Options. And what you're looking for is this setting here for Automatic Login. If this is set to Off, then you will need to select your user and type in your password every time you turn on your computer. Now if you don't want to type in your password every time you turn on your computer, you can choose your username from this list, and again, on your computer, there might only be one username.

But if you choose your username and then type in your password, then the next time you turn on your computer, it'll automatically log in to this account, and it won't ask you for your password every time. This is much more convenient, of course. But to keep some extra security protection, I generally prefer to turn Automatic Login off, so I'm going to turn that back off here. Now, if somebody turns on my computer, they won't be automatically logged in. They would need to type in my password before they could really use the computer.

Okay, but if you turn Automatic Login off, that protects my computer if it's off and somebody turns it on. But what if I put the computer to sleep? Or what if I just walk away for a few minutes? Somebody could still sit down at my computer or grab my computer. If I'm already logged in, that doesn't help me. So, let's take a look at this. I'm going to take a step back in System Preferences, and I'm looking for the section on Security and Privacy. There's an option here to require a password after sleep or the screensaver begins.

I have this enabled, and it's set to five minutes. So if my computer goes to sleep, or if the screensaver kicks in, five minutes later, my computer will be locked down, and nobody will be able to use it without the password. So since this lock will engage when the computer goes to sleep or when the screensaver starts, I need to make sure that I have my sleep timer and my screensaver enabled. So what we'll do is take another step back, and this time I'm going to go to Desktop and Screensaver, and I'll switch over to Screensaver here at the top, and I currently have this set to begin a screensaver after 20 minutes.

So if I walk away from my computer, 20 minutes later the screensaver turns on, five minutes after that, everything is locked down. Of course I can change the timing on either of these options. Let's take one more step back on System Preferences, and go into Energy Saver. And this is where you can adjust when your computer goes to sleep. Now currently this is set to sleep after two hours. For extra security, I might want to change this to something like two or three minutes. But I'm just going to move that back to two hours for now.

So whatever the sleep timer is set, after the computer goes to sleep, five minutes later it will be locked down. So now if I walk away from my computer, and I haven't shut down, and I haven't put it to sleep, the screensaver or the sleep timer will kick in, and everything will be nicely locked down. Let's see how this works on Windows. Most Windows computers by default will require your password when you turn the computer on. So let's take a look at how we can change that setting. Now this is a little buried, you're not going to find it inside of PC settings or the Control Panel.

You're going to have to run the command prompt. And it's really not that hard. I'm going to show you what you'll need to do. You'll need to go to the Start screen, and then type in the word run and press Return. This opens up a command prompt where you can type in a very specific command to launch some of these features that are a little more hidden. In this case I need you to type in this specific command: control userpasswords2 then you hit Ok, and it'll open up this User Accounts window.

I'm looking for this option that is currently turned on. It says Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. We need to turn this feature off. Now before I do that, it's going to be a little bit easier if I select the user account that I want to use to automatically log into this computer. So when I turn on the computer, I want it to log into this account. So I'll select that, then I'll turn off the option to require user name and password, and then when I hit Apply here, this window will pop up.

It's asking me for the password for the account that I had selected, which is fine, I'll type that in, and I have to type it in twice to confirm. And I'll hit Ok, and Ok here. Now whenever I turn this computer on, it will automatically log in to that user account, and it will not ask me for my password. So those are the options for automatic login from a cold shutdown or restart. Let me go back into that real quick. And I want to turn that option back on.

So I want to flip this back to the more secure mode, where we'll require my password each time. So I'll apply that, and hit Ok. So I just pretty much reset that. Next I want to talk about the password lock for the Sleep mode and the screensaver. For that, I'm going to need to go into Control Panel. So I'll just point my mouse at the top-right corner of the screen to bring up my charms. I'll hit Settings, and then Control Panel. From here, I'm going to go to System and Security, down to Power Options.

Then on the left side of the screen, I'm looking for this option that says Require a password on wake up. So I'll click on that. And this is the option that I need to change. Instead of saying Require a password, I want to switch it to don't require a password, but it's not letting me make any changes here. But that's only until I hit this option here, where it says Change settings that are currently unavailable. If I select that, then I can set this to not require a password when I wake the computer up from sleep. But it's much more secure if you do require a password, so I'm going to set it back to that.

Let me take a step back here. And one more option over here on the left side, I want to look at Change when the computer sleeps. If you have it set to require a password when you wake the computer up from sleep, then it's a good idea to set a timer so the computer will automatically go to sleep after a certain amount of time. So I might set this to five minutes or 30 minutes or something like that. And it's a good idea to set both of these. Finally, we should look at screensaver options, which will also help you out when you stand up and walk away from the computer.

So let me start from the beginning in Control Panel so I'll just cancel this. Close this window, and let me go back to Control Panel. So back into Settings, back into Control Panel so we can start from the beginning. This time I'm going to go to Appearance and Personalization. And I'll go to this option here that says Change Screensaver. Currently, there is no screensaver set. So I'm just going to choose any one of these screensavers. Then I would set how much time I want before the screensaver kicks in automatically, and then, most importantly, I want to select this box On Resume, Display Login Screen.

So this means after five minutes the screensaver will come on, but when I turn off the screensaver and try to work with the computer, it will require me to log in. That's all good, I'll hit Ok, and that's now been set. Now that the computer is set to require a password when it wakes from sleep, or when the screensaver is deactivated, you should be all set. As long as you have a reasonable amount of time set for either the sleep mode or the screensaver so that one of those kicks in shortly after you walk away, your computer will be well protected.

You really should think about balancing security and convenience for your needs. I've seen a lot of people who should have a password lock and don't. And I've seen a lot of people who do have a password login enabled, when it's just unnecessary or annoying. You should now be able to get your system set up the way you want.

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