How can I lock Windows computer session using the security screen saver?

To provide more security and prevent others using your computer while you are away for short periods of time you can lock the session by: 

  1. Hold Windows key
  2. Hit L key

Your session will be secured for up to 20 minutes and you will be required to enter your password to unlock the computer.

NOTE: After 20 minutes the PC will restart itself if you have not logged back in.

If you forget to set the security screen saver and move away from the computer the screen saver will launch automatically after 10 minutes of inactivity. If you have not logged back onto the computer within 20 minutes the screen saver will log you off and reboot the computer. Once the computer has been logged off and if no one is seated at the computer, it is free to be used by another user. Leaving belongings next to any university computer unattended is not advised and does not reserve the computer for use.

It is in your interest to use the security screen saver every time you move away from the computer. Do not let others have access to your session, use your quotas, or view your work.

NOTE: Remember to save your work every 5 minutes to My Documents and then save it to a removable media (e.g. USB) or OneDrive.

Further Assistance

If you require further information or assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk on (08) 830 25000 or 1300 558 654.