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  • BrauBeaton Level 1 Level 1
    However, should I be worried that persons could be
    screwing with my desktop and files while my iBook is
    locked up in the screensaver? Is that a legitimate

    It is possible that the screensaver only blocks a person from being able to see any sensitive data and that the keyboard/trackpad still remains functional while the output to the screen is shut down.

    To test this:
    -Place the cursor over the System Preferences icon in the dock and then invoke the screensaver lock.
    -Try clicking the trackpad while the screen is locked. (You could even try blindly using the trackpad to move the cursor side-to-side and enter random clicks)
    -Unlock the screen and see if any applications have opened up.

    If you find open apps then you will know that the screensaver lock only blocks visible output, not keyboard/mouse inputs.

    Quad G5   Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
  • nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1
    Yeah. I tried that. I couldn't do it. My best thought was that the cat was unlocking the machine, messing with stuff and then when she got down the screensaver would kick back in when the computer became bored from inactivity.

    Thanks, though.
  • nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1
    Greedy? I haven't asked for anything.

    I just wanted to know why my sleepy cat could open my system prefs despite the password lock.

    Bugger, cat just went to the kitchen. Other hobby of the cat: Stealing food off the counter. Oh, and licking self inappropriately.
  • nemesis256 Level 2 Level 2
    Wow this is one interesting, funny topic!

    Instead of thinking about the computer, have you thought of training your cat? I mean simply taping its head when she's on your iBook, to let her know she's being naughty.
  • nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1
    Okay. Thanks all. I really just expected somebody to log on here and tell me about something like Keyboard Cleaner. Which somebody did. And I installed it. And now the cat can only turn on the Caps Lock light. And I haven't had many problems since.

    And some people might say that a novelist who starts too many sentences in a row with the word 'and' lacks the competency to actually write a novel. But, like the loneliness thing, I'm complaining about that on yet another forum.

    Now that I've contained all of the cat-initiated security breaches, what about the ones from say, people? I need something quick and easy that doesn't require me to close all of my programs while I skip off to the vending machine to buy a Coke and maybe a bag of chips. User switching?

    I'm sorry if I sound dumb. There's a reason for that. I am dumb. I mean, I'm a guy whose life was being ruined by a sleepy cat. At least Antonio Rocco is standing up for me. Thanks, Antonio!

    I still want help, even as this legitimate concern seems to be declining into self-parody. Thanks to everybody. But, I don't really want to shock or harm or kill the cat.. you know?

  • undesirable Level 1 Level 1
    obviously your cat has installed a keystroke grabbing program on your computer.
  • nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1
    She's 14. That thing about old dogs and new tricks, applies even moreso to old cats. Often, she'll try to claw me when I attempt to push her aside so that I can work. There's no keeping the cat off the warm iBook keyboard.

    Thanks, though.
  • nilscrasher Level 1 Level 1
    This is less important, but my girlfriend is happy that I've finally obtained some level of popularity. Thanks for that, too.
  • nemesis256 Level 2 Level 2
    If you're 100% sure it was your cat, and no weird problems are happening anymore, I don't think you have anything to worry about as far as people go.
  • bcc58 Level 1 Level 1
    Would this be a tabby cat by chance? Those tabbies are notorious for this sort of mischief.

    PowerBook 12" G4   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   z/OS IBM mainframe
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6
    Servers Enterprise
    Hi nilscrasher

    You are more than welcome and it has been a pleasure standing up for you. One can tell you love your cat dearly and why not?

    As for you being dumb, no you are definitely not! I cant help you with a 3rd-party quick and easy thing. User switching usually works for me and like you I hate the cat shocking thing.
  • elmow Level 1 Level 1
    1. Go to Staples (or pretty much any office supply store).

    2. Buy a monitor riser: 5934840&prodCatType=1&storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&productId=151393&c mArea=FEATURED:SC3:CG6:DP1570

    3. Place the riser over the keyboard when you leave the room.

    I guess everyone is assuming you've done a thorough virus/trojan scan.
  • Jason Lich Level 1 Level 1
    I had the problem of the screen not locking and to keep my sanity I used this.

    1) Open Keychain Access, then Preferences.
    2) Check "Show Status in Menu Bar".

    You will now have a lock icon by your clock.

    3) When you are walking away from the computer you click on the lock and select "Lock Screen".

    Now your screen is locked right away, no more worries.
  • Snaggy Level 1 Level 1
    Your cat was a graduate of Cat Keyboard Command Class....

    PowerBook 17"   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • Query Level 1 Level 1
    Don't you get it? The CAT is the inside!