Sunday, 15 January 2012

Unattended computer security

On Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, a new setting to protect unattended computers will be applied to computers running Microsoft Windows. This setting will lock the computer after being continually idle for more than 20 minutes. We still recommend that you lock your computer immediately if it will be left unattended. This can be accomplished by pressing the “Windows logo” key and the “L” key.

This change is in response to the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard. Section 5.2.3.2 of this standard states “Staff, faculty and lab computers must be configured to auto-lock and password protect after a maximum of 20 minutes of inactivity. “ All UTPA-owned computers must comply with this standard. Employees with Apple Mac or Linux computers must manually configure their systems to meet the standard.

Below are the answers to some common questions you may have regarding this change.

1) What does this mean for me?

If your computer is continually idle for more than 20 minutes it will lock itself in order to protect access to University data. At this point you will need to login once again to access the system.

2) Will I lose my work?

No, everything will be the same way as it was before the computer was locked.