CAB* – Walking Away? Lock Your Computer! (IT Training Tip)

Many of us work with sensitive or confidential college data that is accessible from our computers. Information available through BannerGarnet GatewayBanking/Financial Applications/WebsitesSlateBatesReachiDocsTitanium, and many other applications and websites used by the college may store data that should not be seen or accessed by other individuals. As guardians of this data, it is our responsibility to prevent the unauthorized access to the information these systems provide to us.

You may also work in open office environmentsoffices that are publicly accessible, or leave office doors open while momentarily stepping away. In these examples, our computers, and the data they access may become vulnerable to unauthorized access when they are left unattended. You never know when someone may walk into your office while you are away and see or do something they shouldn’t.

The easiest way and the first line of defense in preventing unauthorized access to your computer is to train yourself to lock it when you walk away! With the use of a keyboard shortcut, you can quickly and easily lock your computer and safely walk away!

Locking Your Computer –

Microsoft Windows 7 Computers:

  • Option 1: Press the Windows Logo key and the letter “L” down together on your keyboard
    • The Windows Logo key is generally located next to or between the 
      CTRL key and the ALT key on your keyboard

  • Option 2: Press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys down together on your keyboard, and then click on Lock Computer
  • To unlock your Microsoft Windows Computer, just move your mouse or touch your trackpad and type in your password

Mac Computers:
To use keyboard shortcuts on a Mac computer, you will need to first enable the screen saver lock. 

To Enable the Screen Saver Lock:

  • Click on the Apple menu
  • From the drop-down menu, click on System Preferences…
  • From the System Preferences window, double-click on the Security & Privacy icon
  • Click on the General tab
  • Place a checkmark next to Require password “immediately” after sleep or screen saver begins
    • If “immediately” is not the default, click on the drop-down menu to select it

  • Close the Security & Privacy window
  • Close the System Preferences window

Locking Your Mac Computer:

  • If your Mac has an Eject key
    • Press the Control+Shift+Eject keys down together on your keyboard

  • If your Mac does not have an Eject key
    • Press the Contol+Shift+Power keys down together on your keyboard

  • Your Mac screen will go dark, therefore locking your computer
  • To unlock your Mac Computer, just move your mouse or touch your trackpad and type in your password

Tip: Rather than attempting to close or minimize windows quickly to hide sensitive or confidential information displayed on your computer screen from approaching individuals, simply lock your computer and what’s being displayed is quickly hidden.

*Cyber Aware Bobcat



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