One of the best security measures you can put in place to protect your information is to put a screen lock on your devices. This can be applied to all modern day technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
Mobile phones and tablets
Mobile phones and tablets can achieve this with the use of PINs. PINs are simple and easy enough, usually with a four number sequence but newer technologies are using pattern recognition, and even finger print scanning. Where it may seem as a minor inconvenience to unlock your device with a PIN, every time you lock your device, you are protecting the information on your device from being misused.
Where the ability to set up a PIN security code on your device is present it should also allow an automatic locking feature. Setting your devices to lock automatically after a short period inactivity will ensure that you are minimising the risk of unauthorised access to your device and information.
Also, some modern devices encrypt their storage (by default) meaning that if it is connected to another computer the information is unreadable unless the PIN, pattern or biometric is provided.
Laptops and Desktop Computers
Most computers and their operating systems allow for password protected screen savers. This means that after a period of inactivity, not only does your screen saver kick in, but when the computer is awoken, the password is required before access to materials is afforded. It’s advised you have your screen saver settings set to initiate after a sensible period (for you) of inactivity.