When it comes to network security, there are a lot of complex solutions that solve multi-faceted issues, some so mind-boggling in scope that it is simply overwhelming. Then there are the small-scale solutions that you can implement on a day-to-day basis that can make significant changes over time. Locking your computer is one of these tactics, and it should not be overlooked in your security strategy.

The simple act of locking your computer can make a world of difference when it comes to physical access to the PC. Let’s take a look at some of the issues that can pop up if you neglect the act of locking your computer.

Consider the immense number of records stolen every day. How many of them do you think come from external threats compared to those stolen internally? You never want to suspect your employees of such wrongdoings, but the possibility needs to at least be considered and accounted for in some capacity. We bet that if you issued a survey to your employees about who locks their computer when they get up to go to the restroom or leave for lunch, you would be surprised by how many don’t take this simple security precaution.

We understand the conundrum that you are in; you want to trust your employees, but you cannot let this get in the way of implementing practices that are designed to mitigate risk to your sensitive files and proprietary data. Failure to do so might even lead to a violation of compliance laws. Even something as simple as the office goofball switching the mouse buttons or changing desktop backgrounds on their co-workers’ PCs could lead to productivity problems and overwhelming frustration, something which does not help anyone.

What you do when you fail to lock your computer is basically broadcast to anyone paying attention that they have free reign to whatever you have on that computer, be it files or otherwise. This practice is unacceptable, especially considering how easy it is to solve the problem. All it takes is a quick keystroke of the Windows key plus L. Even if you cannot remember to do this, you can set a timer to automatically lock your device if it has been dormant for long enough.

We urge you to create a habit where you lock your device. It doesn’t matter what kind of device it is; desktops, laptops, and smartphones should all be locked whenever they are left unattended for any amount of time. Furthermore, we recommend that you take this all one step further by utilizing a multi-factor authentication system for additional security through the use of biometrics or secondary device authentication. These two practices should be enough to keep the majority of troublemakers from tampering with your computer, be it a thief who has stolen your device or the office goofball.

Keep in mind, locking your computer doesn’t add much protection when it comes to your cybersecurity—threats can still get in unless you have other measures in place.

SRS Networks wants to be your go-to source for any assistance with implementing cybersecurity solutions. All you need to do is give us a call at (831) 758-3636. We can go over ways for your company to augment its security and keep itself safe.

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