Stupid Simple Security Tips #1 – Lock Your Screen

Stupid Simple Security Tips #1 – Lock Your Screen

By Tom Lambotte | December 3, 2020

Here’s a scene:

“I was working on my laptop in a shared workspace when nature called. I got up to use the bathroom, leaving the computer unattended. Although I was only gone for a couple of minutes, the next day, I discovered that my account was hacked. What happened?“

Don’t Make This Mistake

The mistake? They didn’t lock their screen. This scary reality is true for both laptops and mobile devices, which is why screen locking is so vital.

Why Putting Your Computer to Sleep Isn’t Enough

Keep in mind that this tactic is far different from putting the computer to sleep. If anyone could simply click a button or swipe on the trackpad to access the desktop, confidential data is in jeopardy. Screen locking means a password, or PIN to get into the device. This simple strategy can be invaluable. I like to say that the things that are easy to do are also easy not do to.

How to Lock Your Screen

Fortunately, screen locking is also stupidly simple.

On a Mac, all you have to do is click on the Apple icon and select “lock screen.” Even if you don’t have a mouse handy, pressing command + control + Q will do the same thing.

If you’ve got a Mac equipped with the TouchBar you can add a dedicated button for locking your Mac. Head to System Preferences > Keyboard, then click the “Customize Control Strip” button. Drag the Lock Screen button off the bottom of your screen and onto your Touchbar.

Now with the click on the button your Mac is locked.

Pick one and go use the bathroom in peace.

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  • December 3, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.