Logon Logoff Event: 4801

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Account Management » Logon Logoff Event: 4801

Event ID 4801 – The workstation was unlocked

Event ID 4801
Category Logon/Logoff
Sub-Category Other Logon/Logoff Events
Type Success Audit
Description The workstation was unlocked

When a workstation is unlocked, event 4801 is generated. This is preceded by the logging of event 4800, when the workstation was initially locked. If the user uses a screensaver, this event will correspond with the invoking and dismissing of the screensaver.

This log provides the following information:

  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Logon ID
  • Session ID

Why does event ID 4801 need to be monitored?

  • Primarily being an informational event, we can monitor it to get information on when a machine is unlocked, and which account is used for it
  • To monitor actions of high value accounts
  • To detect anomalies and malicious actions
  • To ensure non-active, external, and restricted accounts are not used
  • To ensure that only white-listed accounts perform certain specific actions
  • To enforce conventions and compliances

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Event 4801 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2008 R2 and 7
  • Windows 2012 R2 and 8.1
  • Windows 2016 and 10

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