[mythtv-users] Way to lock the screen???

William Munson wmunson at rochester.rr.com
Wed Sep 27 20:12:56 UTC 2006

Andrew Davis wrote:
> I know how to lock a linux GUI session, but how 'bout Myth itself? Any 
> options for this? I'd love to be able to program a button on my remote 
> to lock the screen and require a PIN from the remote to use it again...

AFAIK there is not a way to password protect a frontend however if you 
were to shutdown the frontend when not watching tv you can use a 
password protected screensaver as sort of a protection. (Easily defeated 
by a reboot.) Another option would be to use the rating limit system to 
make all channels "adult" and password protect based on rating. Thats 
not going to protect music or videos or dvds. Myth is really not 
designed to be secure, its a family entertainment center. My neighbor 
used to try to lock his satellite tv system with the default 4 digit 
password only to discover that his kid would simply try each password 
from 0000 to 9999. Took less than a half hour to break the password.

What about a key lock on the power switch for the frontend? Turn off and 
lock the frontend when you are not home.

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