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Even though your network files are protected by a Novell password, we strongly recommend setting a separate workstation password to protect your workstation from unauthorized access and add an additional level of security for your files.

Without a workstation password, your computer is vulnerable in two ways:

  • Anyone who has physical access to your computer can use it to connect to the Internet or access all the files on your hard drive, with or without your permission.

  • Anyone who also knows your Novell username and password has full access to your network drives.

Setting a separate workstation password provides an extra level of protection for all the information stored on your computer.

Setting a password for your Mac workstation

Activating password protection when you leave your desk

Setting a Password for Your Mac Workstation

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. In the System row of the Preferences window, click on Accounts.

  3. In the Accounts window, select the account with your name on it, then click Set Password. In the next window, enter your old and new passwords as prompted.

    Note: To change your workstation password in the future, follow steps 1-3 above but click Change password.

  4. Return to the System Preferences window.

  5. In the Personal row of the Preferences window, click on Security.

    System preferences

  6. In the Security window, make sure the checkboxes beside Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver and Disable automatic login are checked, as shown below:


  7. Follow the steps below to use "hot corners" to launch your password-protected screen saver whenever you leave your desk

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Activating Password Protection When You Leave Your Desk

  1. In the Personal row of the Preferences panel, select Desktop & Screen Saver.

  2. In the Desktop & Screen Saver panel, click on the Screen Saver button at the top, then on the Hot Corners button in the lower left.

    Screen Saver preferences

  3. In the Active Screen Corners window, choose the corner of your display from which you want to launch your screen saver, then select Start Screen Saver from the drop-down menu in that corner.

    Once a Hot Corner is activated, if you move your mouse into the furthest point of the selected corner, your screen saver will start up.

    In the example below, the user has chosen the lower-left corner.

    Hot Corner preferences

  4. To re-activate your workstation when the screen saver is on, just move your mouse. When the prompt appears, enter your workstation password.

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