Mac Basics - Setting up Hot Corners to lock your computer

As a Full Sail student you and your Mac Book Pro are virtually inseparable. It's inevitable that over time it will fill up with sensitive personal information that is best kept out of the hands of others. Occasionally you might find yourself having to step a few feet away from your computer for a minute or two. This may seem negligible but it doesn't take much to obtain personal information from your computer that could end up being more valuable than your computer itself.

To protect yourself in these cases we recommend creating a "Hot Corner" on your Macs display that will immediately put the display to sleep and then ask for a password to turn it back on again. To set this up simply follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click on the Apple in the menu bar and select "System Preferences."

Step 2. Once in System Preferences, click on "Security and Privacy."

Step 3. Under the General Tab, click on the padlock in the bottom left hand corner of the window and Authenticate yourself in the following pop-up.

Step 4. Once unlocked, check the box to "Require password 'Immediately' after sleep..." and then click the lock again to save the changes.

Step 5. Now click "Show All" to return to the full list of System Preferences.

Step 6. Next, click on "Mission Control."

Step 7. From within  the Mission Control settings, click on the button at the bottom of the window labeled "Hot Corners..."

Step 8. In the Hot Corners window simply click on the drop down next to the corner you'd like to assign the setting to.

Step 9. Select the action you'd like to assign from the drop down, click OK and that's it!

Now, when you move your cursor up to the selected corner your screen will immediately go to sleep and will request a password before allowing you access to the computer again.

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