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Protect your Windows PC
You probably lock your phone without thinking when you put it in your pocket, but what about your computer? The same principle applies – always lock your device.
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Even if you trust those around you, it only takes a glance for someone to do serious harm. This is especially true if you work from home and have sensitive business information on your computer.
Here are some ways to lock down your Windows PC:
- beat Windows + L Lock your computer in one step.
- according to Ctrl + Alt + deletethen select Lock option.
- click start button, then select your user icon and click Lock.
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Make it easier on yourself and set your computer to automatically lock after a certain amount of inactivity. On a Windows machine:
- Open set up then go personalisethen choose lock screen.
- click screen saver settings and select any option (except not any) from the Screensaver drop-down menu.
- Sets the amount of time Windows waits before locking. A few minutes should be fine.
- Check the box On recovery, show the login screen then hit OK.
You can also set your computer to automatically lock when you step away from it. Windows uses devices paired with your computer via Bluetooth to help detect when you’re away. Very minimalistic.
First, you need to pair your devices. Your phone is a good option since you will most likely have it with you when you wake up.Find instructions to pair with any device Windows 10 is here and Windows 11 is here.
Once you’ve paired your phone to your computer, here’s how to set your computer to lock when it detects your phone is away:
- choose Start > Settings > Accounts > Login Options.
- choose dynamic lockthen select Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away checkbox.
- Carry your phone with you when you’re away from your PC, and it will automatically lock a minute or so after you leave Bluetooth range. Note that Bluetooth range may vary. Do a trial run to find out how far the computer locks.
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lock your Mac
Use a Mac? Here are some different ways to lock your screen.
- choose Apple Menu > Lock Screen.
- according to Touch ID If it’s available on Mac or Magic Keyboard.
- according to lock screen button (if it’s available on Magic Keyboard).
- use hotspotwhich lets you perform an action when you move the mouse pointer over a corner of the screen: select Apple menu > System Settingsthen click Desktops and Docks. Click hot corner Then click the pop-up menu in any corner and choose lock screen. Click Finish. When you move the pointer over this corner, your screen will lock.
- choose Apple menu > System Settingsthen click Desktops and Docks.
- click hot corner Then click the pop-up menu in any corner and choose lock screen.
- Click Finish. When you move the pointer over this corner, your screen will lock.
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To set your computer to automatically lock after a certain amount of inactivity:
- choose apple menu > System Preferences.
- click Desktop and Screensaver > Screensaver.
- Use the slider to select a time.
- click show all back to main System Preferences window.
- click Safetythen click A password is required to wake this computer from sleep or the screen saver.
- close System Preferences window.
Here’s how to set your Mac to log off when you’re not using it:
- choose Apple menu > System Settings.
- click Privacy & Security > Advanced.
- Open Automatic logout after inactivity.
- click Sign out After the pop-up menu, then select the time before auto logout.
What about laptops?
Your laptop may automatically lock when you close the lid, but you should make it a habit to lock it first. You probably won’t press the lid all the way down, and it’s good practice to lock your computer every time you leave it, so make it a habit.
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You wouldn’t leave your phone unattended, would you? Anyone passing by can slip it into their pocket. I know it’s obvious, but even a locked phone is still a burden on your privacy and security.
Also applies to laptop and tablet computer. If you’re in a coffee shop, it’s not the same as at work. Don’t leave them unattended! Packing your computer and running to the bathroom can be annoying, but it’s worth it.
The same applies to flash drives. You can encrypt them, but the temptation is too great for crooks to steal yours or you to lose it.
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