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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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Automatic Logoff

User identity, authentication, and access controls are all intended to enable proper access to information and functions while also forbidding inappropriate access. Automatic logoff functionality recognizes that the user may step away from the computer without logging off. This could lead to someone else walking up to the computer and seeing what was displayed and using the computer as if they were the original individual. To prevent this, software tries to detect when the user might not be present and take steps to protect the system. This is referred to as automatic logoff and is typically implemented by noting that the user interface (keyboard and mouse) has been inactive for a defined set of time. The exact time is usually ...

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