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Re: Automatic timeout to locking screensaver
From: Mark Borrie <mark.borrie () OTAGO AC NZ>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:04:20 +1300

We are currently implementing a requirement for the use of locking screensavers. What I hadn't appreciated is that some screensavers are transparent and so do not hide what is on the screen (for instance OSX has a bubble screen saver that does this).

You may also want to ensure that no transparent screensavers are allowed.

Mark



On 5/10/2012 5:05 a.m., David Curry wrote:
Greetings,

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?"

So....

 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?

Thanks,

--Dave


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Mark Borrie
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Information Technology Services, University of Otago,
Dunedin, N.Z.
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