Security Corner

Jun 30 2014   2:37AM GMT

Highly effective security: Lock your screen

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Screen savers

Do you know who’s playing around on your computer when you’re not there? Think it won’t (or doesn’t) happen? Think again: It can and does happen all the time.

I’m sure you trust the people you work with, and rightfully so, but what about the maintenance crew and the janitorial service personnel? Several times this year, I have had to clean up computers in the reception area because someone got adware and toolbars all over them. The only possible explanation is that the cleaning crew people were surfing the web on them.

Had the night receptionist remembered to either shut down or lock the computers before she left, nothing would have happened.

The same goes for your workstation. If you leave it on, like many at my company do, you are at risk for someone using it when you aren’t around or, worse yet, getting confidential private information off of it.

If you lock the screen so it requires your password to get back in, you have just made it nearly impossible for an unauthorized person to get your information or wreck your system.

It’s a simple, but highly effective security practice.

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