You should log out of your laptop or workstation if you leave your work area. But if you working on something important and don't want to lose your work, just lock the screen. In Windows, use the Windows logo key +L. On the Mac, enable Hot Corners in your screen saver settings and set your computer to require a password for sleep and screensaver in Security and Privacy.
NetIDs and Passwords
Your Yale NetID and password grant access to the campus network and many University systems, such as YaleSecure wifi, VPN, and computer cluster printers.
Every Yale NetID password must be changed at least once per calendar year to a different password. Each year's password must be unique – don't recycle previous years' passwords (see Policy 1601: Procedure 1601 PR.02).
Yale NetID password must be changed at least once per calendar year to a different password. This includes primary and Responsible NetIDs. Each year's password must be unique — don't recycle previous year's passwords (in accordance with Policy 1601: Procedure 1601 PR.02). Be aware that your password may be stored in multiple locations or devices. Before changing your password, identify where you may have your NetID password stored.
Yale NetIDs and passwords are case sensitive. Passwords that contain a combination of numbers, symbols, and upper and lower case letters are much harder to crack. See the Guide to selecting good passwords (PDF) for information on selecting strong passwords.
If your machine has PGP whole disk encryption installed on a Windows computer, please refer to the Whole disk encryption service – FAQs for important information.