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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)
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?
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.
1. Go to Staples (or pretty much any office supply store).
2. Buy a monitor riser:
http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?ts=117485 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.
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.