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Why does my computer ask me to enter my password when I ask it to "wake up" from sleep or from screen saver?

This setting is intended to protect your computer from misuse by someone who is not authorized to do work on your computer. The NSD Technology Department does NOT recommend that you turn this feature off, as it may protect you from being the target of misconduct.

If, however, you feel compelled to turn this off, here's how:

  1. Click on the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Click on Security & Privacy.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Require password immediately after sleep or screen saver begins. You can also use the drop down menu to select a different delay before the screen saver starts.


Screen Saver Time
If you need to change the number of minutes before your Screen Saver comes up, see KB Article 95 and follow the instructions under "Change Screen Saver settings" (step 4 shows how you can use the slider to adjust the amount of time before the screen saver turns on). See also Mac 101: Change Your Screen Saver.


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