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Security Recommendation: Lock Your Computer Screen

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Installing antivirus software and creating strong passwords are vital practices that will help keep your information secure. But even if you take these steps, you may be putting your information at risk without even realizing it. The easiest way to access someone’s information is not through complex hacking, but by using someone’s unlocked machine when it has been left unattended.

Luckily, this vulnerability has a simple solution: always lock your screen when you step away from your device, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes. That way, you will ensure that no one can use your computer in your absence without your knowledge. Make sure to follow the Department of Public Safety’s recommendations for laptop theft and recovery and leave your device in the care of someone you trust.

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