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Remotely Lock Your Host Computer

When you finish accessing your host Mac or Windows PC, we recommend that you lock your computer to help protect your data.

Windows users can set the GoToMyPC Security Preferences to automatically lock upon disconnecting. If you wish to lock your computer manually, follow the steps below for your operating system.

Note: GoToMyPC automatically disconnects after 15 minutes of inactivity on your host computer. For information about how to adjust this setting, please see Security Preferences.

Remotely Lock a Mac

Remotely Lock Windows XP Professional, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8

  • On your host computer, click the Windows Start button or Start icon and select Log Off.

- or -

  • From the GoToMyPC Viewer menu, click the Send Ctrl-Alt-Del button or select Tools and then Send Ctrl-Alt-Del. On the Windows Security screen, select Lock Computer.

             

Note: If the Send Ctrl-Alt-Del feature is not functioning on a host PC with Vista or Windows 7 then the Secure Attention Sequence (SAS) may be disabled. Please see Enable GoToMyPC to Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete on Vista and Windows 7 for more information

To lock Windows XP Home (or XP Professional with Fast User Switching)

  1. Click the Windows Start button and select Log Off.
  2. Select Switch User.

Your computer workstation is now locked.

Note: GoToMyPC automatically disconnects after 15 minutes of inactivity on your host computer. For information about how to adjust this setting, please see Security Preferences.

Remotely Lock Your Mac

Since GoToMyPC cannot automatically lock your Mac upon disconnection you should consider configuring your computer to automatically log out after a certain amount of inactivity time. This can be done in the Security section of your Mac System Preferences.

To lock Mac OS X v10.5 or newer

  1. Click the button at the top left of your screen.
  2. Select Log Out.

Note: GoToMyPC automatically disconnects after 15 minutes of inactivity on your host computer. For information about how to adjust this setting, please see Security Preferences.

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