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Do you lock your computer?


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Poll: Locking your computer (65 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you lock your computer when you leave it?

  1. Yes (By choice) (43 votes [66.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.15%

  2. Yes (Because I'm forced to) (2 votes [3.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.08%

  3. No (By choice) (19 votes [29.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.23%

  4. No (Because I'm not allowed to) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. No (Because my computer can't be locked) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. I've never heard of locking my computer (1 votes [1.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.54%

Is your screensaver password-protected?

  1. Yes (By choice) (24 votes [36.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.92%

  2. Yes (Because it's forced) (3 votes [4.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.62%

  3. No (By choice) (36 votes [55.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.38%

  4. No (Because it's not allowed to be) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. No (Because my screensaver can't be password protected) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. I've never heard of password-protecting my screensaver (2 votes [3.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.08%

Do you force others to lock their computers? (By group policy, etc.)

  1. Yes (7 votes [10.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.77%

  2. No (28 votes [43.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 43.08%

  3. No (I can't) (5 votes [7.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.69%

  4. Does not apply (25 votes [38.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.46%

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#1
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So, what do people here think about locking their computers? I always lock mine, since I don't want nosy parents or siblings poking around at home, or random people walking around the computer lab messing stuff up at school. My screensaver is also password-protected, but it doesn't really apply since I always lock up before it gets a change to kick in anyway. I force all users of my computer to have a password protected screensaver, except for the accounts that aren't allowed to lock the computer for various reasons (such as the guest account).
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I always lock my machine, it's just habit.
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I always lock my machine, it's just habit.



same here. When i first got my job where i work now, no one locked there computers, then i set it to lock after 15 min and let me tell you people started to yell. I told them it's to protect you so someone can't get on it and do something and you get blamed. I also said you should lock it right away whenever you get up.

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Nah I dont lock it. Only my parents have access and likely they wont mess with it anyways.

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enforcing it after 5-10 mins in the workplace is good practice, if anyone moans, tell them to work harder & stay at their desk!

i never lock my home pc, only me and my girlfriend use it, we just share one account

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at home its just force of habit, i just lock it when i walk away unless i'm still in view of the monitor.

in school its required though, my account has admin privileges so its very important that i do.

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in school its required though, my account has admin privileges so its very important that i do.

I take it you're a staff member, presumably an IT person? They sure don't give students admin rights at my school! :P In fact, this year they decided to not even let us lock the computers, by disabling the Lock Workstation button when you press Ctrl+Alt+Del. However, fortunately, making a shortcut to lock the workstation works - under windows 2000, it's
rundll32 user32.dll LockWorkStation
, but under XP that doesn't work. Fortunately, a shortcut to tsdiscon will work. :D

All of the staff at my school district have complete admin privileges, yet only a few lock their computers. :ph34r:
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Lock Computer: Work=Yes / Home=No - Unless we have company...

SS Password=No (I don't use screensavers/just let the screen blank)

Force others to Lock comps: I haven't yet...

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I voted all the options no, only my siblings and I use my computer and they aren't going to mess up anything. Why even bother, its a pain to type in a password.
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I don't lock it, 'cause I have no kids (yet :D) and my wife works on the PC only under my close supervision. ;)

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The screensaver is force on me, but I normally lock or hibernate my machine when I walk away depending upon how long I am gone and where I'm going next. I have a laptop and 4 offices.

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No. I live alone :)

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at home its just force of habit, i just lock it when i walk away unless i'm still in view of the monitor.

in school its required though, my account has admin privileges so its very important that i do.

ya i am the same at school. actuall i think that i am one of the only students who even has the privledges to lock my computer.
sometimes people would just lock there comp, walk away, and not come back, meaning that the computer would have to be restarted for someone else to use it..

even at home i lock my comp, i hate people messing around on my computer then messing something up.


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I always lock my computer at home and work.
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I lock my laptop whenever I leave it and since its my own laptop, only I use it no one else. ;)
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I always lock my machine, it's just habit.


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Yes.

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I lock my computer at home out of habit.
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I love it when people don't lock there computers... I stick my USB into there computer and steal all there passwords! :D

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I always lock mine and have screensaver password incase i forget to lock it. Don'y like people being nosey lol

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They sure don't give students admin rights at my school!

i had admin rights in high school

anyway umm when im using xp i tend to lock, when using 98se i cant be bothered to set a user password so i dont have any point in locking

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I don't lock mine. I don't need too.

If my pc was password protected, my wife would find that suspicious and would probably imagine all kinds of stupid things. Since i have nothing to hide, she can poke all she wants. She as her own pc and i know when she pokes around on mine when i'm not there.
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i dont really need to but some times i will when there are nosey visitors around, its better to be safe then sorry, id rather not lose any of my data due to being to trusting in everybody

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I do lock it because some people at work have been known to try doing stuff with it. Not at home though. It never goes to sleep.
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