Lock It or Lose It
[Oct. 16, 2018] Leaving your computer screen unlocked when you're away from your desk not only puts the security of your personal data at risk but also that of the college. Someone can easily take control of an unattended computer and wreak all sorts of havoc, even if you're away for only a few minutes. Risks can include:
- unauthorized access to personal/business files
- they can be copied, deleted or manipulated
- having email/messages being sent from your account
- being pranked by co-workers - not to give anyone ideas but example shenanigans include:
- altering computer settings (e.g. mouse button controls/speed; schedule computer shutdowns; change volume levels; change web browser start pages; etc.)
- sending broadcast messages for free lunch (you're buying, btw)
How to Lock Your Screen
Locking your screen is one of the easiest things you can do to safeguard your computer and data.
- Be sure to use a strong password to unlock your computer.
- Remember to shut down, log-off or lock your computer anytime you leave your desk.
- Disable any auto log-in features. When your computer is starting up or waking from sleep/being locked it should always require a password.
- Adjust your display settings to go to screen saver whenever your computer is inactive (we recommend after 10 minutes of inactivity).
4 Ways to Lock Your Windows Screen
- Hit the Windows key and L. You're in lock!
- Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Choose lock from the popup menu.
- Select the Windows Start button in the lower left corner of the screen and click your user icon. Select Lock from the popup menu that appears.
- Adjust your screen saver settings to require a log-in when your screen saver is used. From the Windows Start menu select Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > Screen Saver Settings. Check the box beside On resume, display logon screen.
3 Ways to Lock Your MacOS Screen
- From the Apple menu select Lock Screen
- Use the Lock Screen keyboard equivalent: control + command + Q
- From the Apple menu choose System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
- Check the box beside Require password after sleep or screen saver begins. Specify a time interval from the dropdown menu.
- Check the box beside Disable automatic login.
Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or concerns regarding the reuse of passwords or password security in general, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.