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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Keep a Clean Desk and a Clear Screen


For security purposes, having a clean desk involves removing any sensitive information from your desk every day, no matter where your desk may be located. This includes USB sticks, notebooks, business cards, and printed documents. Inadvertently leaving them out is an invitation to data theft. Don’t assume because you lock an office door, or you work from home, that information on your desk is safe. 

Having a clear screen means that you lock your device when you leave it unattended so that someone else cannot view potentially sensitive information. Don’t wait for the 10-minute lock to take effect on UTHSC devices, but lock the screen when you leave your desk. The keyboard shortcut for locking on a Windows device is the Windows Key + L. For Macs, Command + Control + Q.