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Switch to login window upon sleep
Authored by: Paul_Willis on Jul 28, '04 11:35:16AM

This is built in to OS X (a least in 10.3). In "System Preferences", choose the "Security" icon, check "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver"

or am I missing something?



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Switch to login window upon sleep
Authored by: rhowell on Jul 28, '04 12:07:48PM
If you require a password when the computer wakes, any Admin password will do. Forcing the system back to the login window will require your password only to get back to your session.

But you're right, since the intention is to keep thieves from accessing your account, enabling "Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver" will do the trick. They don't have an admin password.

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Switch to login window upon sleep
Authored by: Dahak on Jul 28, '04 12:08:00PM

Password protected wake-from-sleep is built into 10.3, but from my perspective it suffers from two drawbacks:

1. You can unlock the screen using any admin login and password on the Mac.

2. If you're set up as a Mobile User, where your login checks for an Open Directory server for authentication before falling back on cached credentials, your PowerBook may fall back asleep several times before the password screen even comes up.

With this hint, switching to the login screen allows you the security of knowing that only your login and password will unlock your session.



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Switch to login window upon sleep
Authored by: derrickbass on Jul 28, '04 07:34:33PM

That's precisely the point. The checkbox makes you authenticate on wake-from-sleep AND the screensaver. I've always found that annoying. I only want to authenticate on wake-from-sleep. (Actually, what I really want is my screensaver to come on after 10 minutes, but I want the password dialog only if I'm away for an hour.)

Oh, and to those of you who are worried about other admin users being able to get into your account from the standard password dialog... you may want to rescind their administrator access. They already have the ability to access everything in your account, change your password, format your disk, do screen captures to spy on you, whatever. If you don't trust them not to abuse this power, they shouldn't be administrators.

In fact, I wish there were a way for an administrator to get into other accounts from the login screen. It's awfully frustrating when you need to reboot but there is someone else logged in. You have no good way of knowing whether killing their session will cause them to lose work or corrupt their preferences or whatever. (Of course, these days there is absolutely no excuse for programs to lose data when they are killed, but programs that have this feature are nevertheless few and far between.)



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