All Brewster-owned computers are delivered to the user with the Lock Screen enabled. If your Lock Screen is not active, here are the steps you can take to enable it. Also, see below for shortcuts to put your display to sleep manually.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then navigate to Security & Privacy.
- Under the General Tab, check the box to Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins.
Now that you have that set, your Mac will be locked any time it goes to sleep, and it’ll require your password to make it useable again.
Forcing Your Mac to Sleep
…or you can use a keyboard shortcut: hit Control + Shift + Eject or Control + Shift + Power (depending on your Mac model) to make the screen go to sleep…
…or you can activate an additional shortcut by going to Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver. Click the “Hot Corners…” button, then set any corner of your choosing to “Put Display to Sleep” (preferably a corner you won’t activate accidentally). Whenever you move your mouse to that corner, it will put the monitor to sleep, thus locking your computer. Now your data is safe and secure, even when you need to step away.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then navigate to Desktop & Screen Saver.
- Click on the Hot Corners… button.
- Click on the corner that you want to activate, here we are choosing the lower right corner.
- Select Put Display to Sleep from the menu and then click the OK button.
NOTE: you may think that closing your laptop will automatically lock your screen and you would be right most of the time, but IF your laptop is connected to an external mouse, keyboard, or monitor, closing the laptop will NOT lock your screen.