Data theft and identity theft often occur because someone left a computer logged on and walked away long enough for someone else to sit down and use their passwords. Here at the University of Texas, students, faculty and staff should lock their computers any time they step away from their computers. Many of us have our browsers save our passwords. You don’t want a stranger reading your emails, messing up your Netflix account, or accessing your bank account!
Computer security is a serious issue on campus and the Windows lock shortcut is a simple command you can use to make sure no one can access your computer while you are away from your desk.
Locking your computer will not shut down any programs or files you are working on. Your user name and password will get you right back where you left off.
To lock your computer:
Windows Key + L.
To unlock your computer:
Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then enter your user name and password.