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Re: Automatic timeout to locking screensaver
From: David Scott <dwscott () FHU EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:19:29 -0500
1. Yes, we implement a mandatory locking screen saver on staff computers
via Windows Group Policy.
2. We only implement it for departments dealing with financial and
sensitive student information (Business office, admissions, etc.)
3. We implement a lockout at 20 minutes.
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM, David Curry <david.curry () newschool edu>wrote:
I'm trying to make the case for implementing a mandatory locking
screensaver on our office workstations/laptops (faculty and administrative
staff). It would be done in the usual way: after some period (15, 20, 30
minutes TBD) of idle time, the system would invoke the screen saver, and to
restore the screen and continue working, the user would have to enter his
or her password. Reaction has been mixed (as I expected), and the usual
question has come up: "well, what do other universities do?"
1. Do you implement a mandatory locking screen saver on your staff
and/or faculty computers?
2. If so, do you do so for all staff/faculty, or just certain groups
(and what are those groups)?
3. If so, how long is your timeout before the screensaver starts?
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