One simple step to help keep your information private.
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Make sure to lock your devices when they’re not in use. This simple step helps keep your messages, photos, data, and accounts private.

What to Do:

  • Set up password protection on all your devices, like laptops, phones, or tablets. That way, no one can access the data on them without knowing the password or passcode.
  • Lock all your devices when you’re not using them. You should lock your computer anytime you step away, even for a minute or two.
  • Safeguard your devices by physically securing them, too. For example, lock your phone in an office desk drawer.

Here’s a trick for Windows users to quickly lock a computer: Find the Windows key on your keyboard. (It should be near the space bar, and it looks like the Windows logo.) Press that key plus the L key (for Lock) at the same time to lock your computer.

To learn more about password protection, check out the Creating Strong Passwords training module at https://go.uillinois.edu/securitytraining.

Stay safe, stay secure. Contact securitysupport@illinois.edu with questions or feedback. 

-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team