How to Lock and Unlock a System User Account
Disabling shell access doesn't fully lock a user out of a server. They can still login via ftp/pop/imap/smtp servers if they are running on the local server and are checking local user authentication. Below you will find instructions on how to fully lock a system users account.
In this example we will lock the system user johnsmith
/bin/passwd -l johnsmith
In this example we will unlock the system user johnsmith
/bin/passwd -u johnsmith