Protecting Your Computer’s Privacy

Protecting Your Computer’s Privacy

You may live with someone who loves to access your computer without you looking. Maybe it is a roommate who doesn’t have his or her own computer. Or maybe your grandkids like to jump on your work computer when you aren’t looking. We get it all of the time at the computer shop where a computer is infected because someone who isn’t authorized gets ahold of it and downloads something they shouldn’t have.

Windows has built-in methods of locking down your computer with a password when you log off or when the computer wakes up from inactivity. It is a decent way to secure your computer from others, but it isn’t bulletproof. A savvy child can often find ways around this or they may know your password.

Recently, I came across a program called ScreenBlur, which can secure your computer quickly and effectively. It can either lock your computer down after a specified amount of time being inactive or by a special hotkey that you determine when setting it up. You need to enter a password to get the computer to come back on after ScreenBlur locks it up. A good password is key though. The program is really only as strong as the password you choose. Here are the five most common passwords:

  • 123456
  • password
  • 12345
  • 12345678
  • qwerty

Genius right? I’m sorry if that offended you but don’t make your passwords so obvious! Locally our most common password is “almond.”  I can testify to that because we ask for our customer’s passwords when they bring them in for servicing.

Be creative. Even if you want to use one of these passwords do something like: @lm0nd!! or _qw3rty?.  Then there is always remembering what you used as a password, but that’s an entirely different subject.

If you want to download ScreenBlur you can find it here:

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