Start screen saver after some time of inactivity
Show a screen saver after a given time to protect your on screen content. Even set a password so nobody can get into your Mac while you are away.
How to fix it
macOS 13 - 14
- Open “System Preferences”
- Go to “Lock Screen”
- At “Start Screen Saver when inactive” choose an suitable time. 5 or 10 Min is ok. (depends on your environment)
- At “Recuire password after screen saver begins or it display is turned off”. Choose “immediately”.
macOS 10.11 – 12
- Go to “System Preferences” > “Desktop & Screen Saver”
- Click the Screen Saver tab. Screen savers appear on left side of the window, and a preview of the selected screen saver appears on the right.
- In “Start after” choose an suitable time. 5 or 10 Min is ok. (depends on your environment)
- Ensure in the Screen saver options, that your computer name is not shown.
Require a password after the screen saver begins
- Go to “System Preferences” > “Security & Privacy” > “General”
- “Require Password” xx seconds. Choose “immediately”.
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