Windows can be configured to lock your computer after the screen saver kicks in, which means when you return you’ll need to login again. The security this offers is nice but it’s not very customizable, and one such example is that you can’t easily the screen to turn off and lock the computer at the same time. That means you might be wasting electricity powering the screen while you’re not even sitting in front of the computer.
Using the free and portable Auto Lock app you can change that. As you can see in the screenshot above you can change a lot of the options relating to what happens when your computer has been idle for a certain amount of time. With it you can have the screen turn off at the same time your PC gets locked, or you can configure it to logoff, restart, or shutdown the machine.
There’s also the option to mute system sounds, which you may be wondering why you’d use an option like that. One of the reasons I thought about is that if you were going to have the app shutdown your computer you could have this mute the system sounds first to ensure that it performs a silent shutdown. So give Auto Lock a try if this sounds like something you’ve been looking for.
Auto Lock Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)