How to Setup a Password Protected Screensaver in macOS

how to set up a password protected screen saver in macos

Protecting your Mac’s screensaver with a password is simple. Yet many users don’t think about doing it.

If you’re a Windows user, don’t worry, we have you covered right here!

Set Up a Screensaver With a Password

  1. Open System Preferences. If the icon in not in your dock, you can access it by opening the “Apple Menu” that is always visible in the top left corner of your Mac’s screen.
  2. You can find the screensaver’s password settings under the “Security” icon. In the pane that appears, tick the box that says “require password immediately after sleep or screensaver begins.”

And boom! You’re finished! Now, the next time the screensaver is running you will be prompted for your Mac’s password before you can start using it. If these steps don’t match the macOS version you have, Apple has a support page you can check.

When you wake your computer or the screensaver comes on after you’re inactive, it might seem silly to have to enter in your password to get back in. But a little inconvenience for you means a lot of inconvenience for hackers. Or someone stealing your computer.

Yes, using a screensaver with a password is optional (unless your company has information security policies that require this setting). But it’s your choice to make yourself an easy target.

Don’t Leave Your Computer Vulnerable

Password protecting your computer after a screensaver seems basic. And it is. But many people ignore little steps like this. That’s why company security policies are so crucial to communicate with employees. If your company requires all work devices to have passwords, that is a security policy that everyone should know and be held responsible for following.

This may even be a topic or policy that prospective business customers ask about in a vendor security questionnaire.

Each time we let our guard down, that leaves a new vulnerability into our computer system or even a company network. If you have a B2B company, lax security practices can ultimately lead to a poor cybersecurity posture that damages your sales.

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