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Screensaver Tips – Choosing the Optimum Screensaver Settings For Your Computer

If you have ever used a computer system, it is highly likely that you have heard the term screensaver at one point or another.

The term optimum settings can mean many things, depending on what type of user you are. For example, a lot of companies have been known to use screensavers as advertisements for themselves, i.e. by displaying their name and/or company logo as a part of a screensaver.

For those of you that don’t know, a screensaver is simply a program designed to keep your monitor from being ruined from what is known as the burn-in effect, where images on a screen can become `imprinted` on the monitor if left on the screen for long periods of time.

Whilst this is usually more common on older monitors, it is still considered good practice to have a screensaver in effect on newer systems, as it can serve the dual purpose of protecting your monitor and preventing unauthorised activity on your computer.

The procedure for choosing a screensaver can vary depending on your operating system, but the controls for this are usually found in the Display settings section of your computer’s Control Panel settings.

To prevent unauthorised computer activity via a screensaver, you need to check the relevant box in Display settings, which will ask for a password when any keyboard / mouse activity is detected after the screensaver program has been activated.

The most vital piece of information about setting up a screensaver would be to never tamper with the monitor settings, as this can permanently damage your monitor and result in having to purchase a new one.

The best screensaver for your computer would be one that contains plenty of animation and that is set to come on at a maximum of around 5 minutes after your computer has become idle, i.e. not used.

(For business and sensitive networks, a much better option would be to set the screensaver to activate after 1 minute, as this will provide far better data protection than a longer time period)

One key thing to note here is that, especially on corporate / business networks, it is not always possible to change these settings yourself, so in this case you would need to direct your queries to the computing / IT department of your organisations.

Finally, avoid downloading screensavers from the Internet wherever possible, as these files can contain viruses that are not always detectable by antivirus programs.

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