Lock It Down
A few weeks ago, a client asked what the best way was to configure his Windows computer so that nobody could see his personal information when he stepped away. However, he also wanted all of his tasks and programs opened when he returned.
This reminded me that locking my computer is a reflexive action for me, but something many others don’t do. That’s why I’m sharing this bit of good computer practice with you now.
On modern Windows computers, you can press the Windows Key and L together on your keyboard to lock the computer. On modern macOS computers, you can do the same thing by pressing cmd, ctrl, and Q together.
When a computer is locked, it covers whatever activities you’re doing with the sign-in screen, protecting your data from anyone who might walk by while you’re away. Conveniently, all of the tasks you were doing remain open, so you can pick them up exactly where you left off when you’re ready.
Those of us who are now working remotely don’t need to worry as much about strangers reading our computer screens, of course, but many others still need to go into the office. They may lack that security.
In addition, locking your computer prevents anything about your tasks from being changed and any text from being entered into your open windows, which may be particularly useful for people working on sensitive projects.
As ever, you don’t know what you don’t know. We hope this technical tidbit was helpful to some of you. If you have more questions about improving your workflows or your computer security, feel free to reach out to Deep Core Data.