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Back to the Office: Locking Your Workstation

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

As some begin to transition back to office space, it is imperative that we continue with our standards for Cyber Security Awareness. At Lone Star Communications, we continue to value physical security. We recommend it to our customers and we constantly remind one another about the importance of security within our own offices. Locking your workstation is an easy, yet often overlooked, way to keep your information safe. Though locking your workstation each time you leave your desk or cubicle may feel inconvenient, even if just running to the printer or to fill up your water bottle, it is important to take the time to do so. When your workstation is unlocked and unattended, you are leaving your own and the company’s information open to any guest that may be visiting, external cyber security auditors, or simply anyone walking by with bad intentions.

Although most people who walk by your desk probably aren’t going to steal sensitive data, someone passing by could possibly download malware onto your workstation, get access to your online banking if you save passwords in your browser, or send emails as if they were coming from you. At the very least, coworkers may send embarrassing emails to others within the organization. Let’s continue to stay safe and share our standards with all new employees as we begin transitioning back to our office space.

How to Lock Your Computer/ PC:

  • If you’re on a PC, you can easily lock your workstation by pressing the “Windows” key and “L” simultaneously.

  • Another method is to press “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Delete” keys simultaneously for a few seconds and then select “Lock” or “Lock Computer.”

-Brian Banks, Internal Information Security Officer



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