Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. May 23, 2005
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Save Your Screen . . . and Your Data
Screen savers have several uses: They protect your screen from "burn-in" (though arguable with modern color monitors), they hide your work from curious eyes while you're away from your desk, and they provide entertainment for you and those who pass your office. A screen saver can also provide some additional data protection if you use a password.
To set up one of the Windows NT screen savers, right-click the desktop and choose Properties. When the Display Properties dialog box opens, click the Screen Saver tab. Choose the screen saver you want to use and then click Settings to customize it. After you change some of the settings, click Preview to see how it will look on your screen.
If you'd like to use password protection, select the Password Protected check box and click OK. The screen saver will use your default system password. Note: If you use password protection, you'll find that there is a slight delay between the time the screen saver appears and the password protection takes place. If you move the mouse during this time, the Windows NT screen will re-appear without a password request. You may find this delay handy if the screen saver kicks on while you're at the computer--just move the mouse, or press a key, and the screen saver will deactivate.