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  • 15. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi Antonio, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Now that's called "Thinking outside the box." = computer. :~D
  • 16. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Last time I tried to close my iBook, the crack spread a little. I'm working around the dead pixels while I'm waiting to afford a new MacBook. Anyway, I need this machine for work, so I'm trying to minimize moving the screen at all.

    I'm less worried about the cat, more worried about the fact that I don't feel like my iBook is secure. I mean, the cat is 14 years old and could theoretically go at any time. That would also solve this little problem, I guess. The greater problem is that I just can't figure out how the cat it getting past my 13 character, fairly-random password.

    I'm worried that, even locked, I can't be sure that somebody as smart as my cat won't be screwing with my stuff. I'll follow all suggestions, thanks a lot. If I wake in the morning and the cat has been up to it's tricks again, I'll let you know.

    I should've just gotten a dog.
  • 17. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Outside the box.

    How about a cardboard cover w top, back and sides. Put it over the keyboard when you go for coffee or ...
  • 18. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
    Hi Jpfresno

    Thanks for the welcome! I’ve been on the forum for some time now, not this particular one, I’ve been plying my advice over on the Server Forums for what its worth. Sometimes it gets a bit stuffy and heavy over there so I cast around looking for a bit of light relief on the Client Forum. I read this one and could not resist a reply! Just thinking on, you could expand the drawer idea and put it into a wardrobe or cupboard, an ottoman would do nicely too. Putting a towel over it or a blanket would do as well. If the cat defeats that lot, then put the cat on the telly you’ll make a fortune!
  • 19. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)
    What a refreshing thread!

    My cat and I are enjoying it!

    I hate to be too serious, but very fine cat hairs can play havoc with your keyboard.

    The obvious solution to your problem is of course to buy a new MacBook Pro, and donate your old iBook to the cat so she can finish her novel, win some more on online poker, charge your credit card for two tons of luxury cat food, order a hit job on the vet, etc etc.
  • 20. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,690 points)
    Have you ever used Fast User Switching? It really is fast, much faster than shutting down.

    I'd suggest setting up an account in the cat's name and switch to it before leaving the room.

    Kitty wants to play with the computer? Pets are like children in more ways than one, I guess. Give her an account so she doesn't mess up yours.
  • 21. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
    Hi klaus

    Ha! ha! ha! Brilliant! I love it! Aren’t cats amazing creatures? Apple should release a new franchise and call it iCat, it will make them billions.

    What do you think?
  • 22. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
    Hi Ronda

    This is good! We ought to have more of these threads, far more interesting than the run of the mill stuff usually posted. It would be marvellous if somehow the cat knew all of this anyway and is quietly smirking to itself.
  • 23. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)
    Nice idea Antonio!

    As long as it is a security measure, akin to shark repellant.

    My cat adores watching paper emerge from the printer and tries to catch it.

    This does little for the print quality.....
  • 24. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)
    A friend of mine has offered a possible solution:

    Re-boot the cat. maybe twice...
  • 25. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All right. I've given the cat its own user account and I'm leaving Microsoft Word open to catch the stray typing, although I think her future as a novelist is limited. The prose she produces just lacks.. Well, her pacing? Off. And she seems to lack the vocabulary to fully express even simple ideas.

    So nobody has any idea how she was able to do this without unlocking my screensaver? Not at all?

    Bummer.
  • 26. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)
    Cats have a sixth sense...
  • 27. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
    Hi nilscrasher

    I like Klaus’s idea, resetting the cat’s PRAM is also good.

    Personally I think the cat knows and is just messing with your mind. Now you know what a mouse feels like.

    So nobody has any idea how she was able to do this
    without unlocking my screensaver? Not at all?


    The laws of the universe allow for such a random act. You could wait a very long time for such a random act to occur, then again it could happen this very second. Is that a reasonable answer?
  • 28. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's the aftermath that's random, not the occurence. Every time the cat sleeps on my keyboard, something happens. But, it's every time. And I'm not just talking about the Num Lock and Caps Lock being triggers. This morning, I awoke to find my International Settings activated on the menu bar.

    Screensaver still locked. I typed in my password and found that the cat had gotten through security again.

    This isn't a remote login thing, is it? Somebody screwing with me through my internet connection? I've disabled all that stuff in my security prefs, but.. still. If I sound naive about these things, you should understand that.. I am.

    I'm not overly bright, manifest here primarily by the fact that I honestly believe that my cat is hacking my iBook.

    By the way, I have a friend who used to be a Tier 2, Apple Support rep. He witnessed it first hand. Saw the cat sleeping on the keyboard, observed her wake of destruction while the screensaver was locked.

    Quote him: "Weird."
  • 29. Re: My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.
    natcarish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is it possible that your cat is upsetting your novel because she wants you to pay more attention to her!

    "People have dogs, but cats have people"
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