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Work From Home Tip - Enable Automatic Locking

January 17, 2023

While you may be able to carry out your work from home, one thing to remember is that you no longer benefit from the protection you normally receive when in the office. For information on staying secure both at home and work visit


If you walk away from your device at your home office, coworking space, or a coffee shop, you should lock it. Automatic locking is there to protect our unattended devices. 

Configure an amount of time that while convenient is not unreasonably long, such as 30 seconds for mobile devices and five minutes for laptops. 

Automatic locking is enabled by default on most devices.