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