When discussing security, many people think about cyber security and unscrupulous people trying to hack into their computers, and often overlook physical security, simple things like leaving their computers unlocked when away from it.

In the past, we had to rely on group policy or Windows + L to lock our computers, but wouldn’t it be great if your computer automatically locks itself if we just walked away from it?

Well with the new Windows 10 'Creator's Update' amongst many new features is Dynamic Lock, which does just this. But how does it know this? well the answer is by pairing your phone via Bluetooth (So it’s your phone that needs to be away from your computer not actually you).

 Enabling Dynamic Lock

Once you have installed the Windows 10 'Creator's Update' and connect your phone via Bluetooth, you need to use the steps below to enable Dynamic Lock:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Sign-in options.

Under Dynamic Lock, check the Allow Windows to detect when you're away and automatically lock the device option.

Dynamic Lock - Windows Creators Update New Feature - Novata Solutions
Dynamic Lock - Windows Creators Update New Feature - Novata Solutions

After finishing the steps, you should be able to pick up your phone and walk away from your computer, and after 30 seconds your computer should automatically lock (I have tested this by turning off my phones Bluetooth).

If you are having troubles implementing this you can find more information here   


Microsoft’s new Tap for Word and Outlook allows you to surface and reuse existing content all within Word and Outlook 2016. This enables you to keep your focus on the document creation rather than searching for files and looking for information. 

Tap for Word or Outlook will surface the most relevant files most frequently used by you and your co-workers. Tap recommends personalised content from Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications and displays it in the tap pane. Once files are visible, you can pull content from those files directly into your working document.

The caveat is that Tap is only available if you have an Office 365 Subscription and as of now is only available to customers who have one of these Office 365 SKUs: Enterprise E3 or Enterprise E5.

You can find out more about Tap here