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RE: Workstation Screensaver Lock Timeouts
From: "JTH" <jth () visi com>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 13:44:39 -0600

<snip>
...An ongoing problem we 
have is with users taking advantage of logged in, unlocked 
computers, to send entertaining email messages to the 
organization on behalf of the logged on user..  Any further 
thoughts are appreciated...  Rick

I've seen stories of this, and often this was the most effective way to
get users to manually lock their workstations *whenever* they get up from
their desk. Shortcuts should be provided so a user has only to click one
button, and inform them that in XP you can press the Windows key + L to
lock the desktop, or 2k/XP press ctrl-alt-del and press L or enter to lock
the desktop.

As for timeout, I would set it at 15 minutes and leave it. The users will
get used to it, or as you've seen, grumble about it at all. A good
pen-test can always be a good eye-opener. An external consultant with
payroll or HR files, sending each person their SSN or other private data,
can show the users exactly why they should do this, eliminating the
"there's no critical data here" argument.

That's somewhat harsh and insensitive to the user, but they should be
woken up to the risk somehow.

That, or make those "humorous messages" sent to everyone in the company,
every time. The embarassment might be enough.


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