Android and Apple have long given their users a way to monitor and turn off their gadgets remotely.
Microsoft followed by allowing you to track and lock a Windows PC using "Find My Device" in Windows 10.
Find My Device uses your device's location data to help you find it when it is lost or stolen. You can use the same service to make sure the device is locked so that no one can use it.
The same service displays information on how someone can return a lost device to you.
The device must meet certain conditions for using this feature:
- Must be connected to the Internet.
- You must already have Device Finder enabled on your computer.
- You must have an account on the device that has administrator privileges and must be a Microsoft account. You cannot do this with a local user account
If your device meets these criteria, let's look at how to use Find My Device.
How to lock your Windows 10 computer remotely
Open a browser in Microsoft account page. Enter your password, then click "Login".
From the main page, click the "Show details" link below the device you want to lock.
On the next page, click "Find My Device".
If the location of your device indicates that it is somewhere you do not expect, click "Lock" to lock your device.
Locking your device disconnects any active users and disables local user accounts. Click "Next".
On the next screen, you can write a message to help someone who wants to return your device. The message will appear on your device lock screen when someone turns it on.
Then, if you think your account has been compromised, we suggest that you change your password to stay safe. Once you find your device, you can sign in to it using your computer administrator account.