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My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.

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I have this old cat that likes to sleep on my iBook while I'm not using it. I have set the screensaver to require a password in order to prevent her from entering random keystrokes into the documents I leave open while I'm away.

However, I've noticed that while the computer is still in the screensaver when I return, she has somehow managed to circumvent the password and, among other things, rename my hard drive, execute complex keystroke combinations changing my system settings and save over documents which I have minimized.

I mean, I'm not even smart enough to see what she's done without the password. How is this happening?

Any way to lock up my iBook so that the cat can't.. uh.. do this? Can't close the iBook, due to a cracked screen.. which I am dealing with. We all have our crosses to bear, right? I'm not complaining, I just want to stop the cat from trying to rewrite my novel.

Cheers.
iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7 (26,915 points)
    I can totally sympathise. In fact, I just bought one of these for my G5 for that exact reason...

    Are you sure she hasn't done her creative writing before the screensaver kicks in? Do you have it on a timer, or set as a hot-corner when you go away from the computer?

    Matt
    2.5GHz|3.5GB G5, 1.5GHz|1.25GB PB12, 5G iPod, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    You're sure there isn't a two-footed prankster around? That's quite a list of accomplishments for a cat!

    Doug
    iPod video / G2 Nano, PMac G5 1.8 SP, MacBook 13", Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Parke Hitchings Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
    Probably your best bet is to log out of the user when you leave. Or "Fast User Switch" to the login screen. You could make your password longer reducing the chance of an "accidental" login.
    PowerBook G4 15in, Xserve, G5 Dual 2ghz,, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    Could you sleep the iBook instead of just triggering the screen saver?

    Doug
    iPod video / G2 Nano, PMac G5 1.8 SP, MacBook 13", Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    I guess I'm not smart enough to follow everything here, but why not just sleep it by closing it? Surely the cat doesn't have enough muscle power to pry it open, even if s/he could figure out how to wake it by opening?
    iSight iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
    Barbara --
    I think this is why . . .

    Can't close the iBook, due to a cracked screen..

    iMac Intel2 -1GB; Mac G4 17" FP, 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, and Mac Mini upstairs, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Cable I'net; LaCie Ext. HD
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    Thanks, ~Bee. I missed that part.
    iSight iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
    Barbara --
    We "B"'s have to stick together
    iMac Intel2 -1GB; Mac G4 17" FP, 1 GHz, 768 MB RAM, and Mac Mini upstairs, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Cable I'net; LaCie Ext. HD
  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,460 points)
    I have noticed that sometimes the Mac will allow a wake from the screen saver without the password, even when the password option has been selected. Try going to homefolder/Library/Preferences/ByHost and deleting all of the com.apple.screensaver plist files. Then go back to System Preferences and reset it how you want.

    You can also enable fast user switching, and switch to the login window before leaving the Mac unattended.
    eMac (1.25GHz USB 2.0), 768MB, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi nilscrasher, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Maybe putting it into mail or widgets temporarily would help. I would think mail would do it unless kitty has also learned how to use the mouse. ;~D

    Joyous Computing, JP
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD Dantz Retro Expr, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Hi

    Just occurs to me that you can do everything you want by just putting the ibook into a drawer and closing the drawer. If you have to go to the washroom or kitchen and you have to leave it for 15-20 minutes then putting it in a drawer takes as much or as little time as waiting for the screensaver lock to kick in. Surely you must have a drawer (and face it an iBook is not that big) that is in the main room that you generally are in that you can put it in.

    Its not surprising that your cat is drawn to your iBook it must see it as a nice warm toasty spot for it to laze its day away!

    I wish I was a cat sometimes!
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