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

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Sep 27 20:54:08 UTC 2006

On Sep 27, 2006, at 2:12 PM, William Munson wrote:

> 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.

Locks keep honest people honest, and don't stop the real crooks.

I think computer screen locks fall into the same category, especially  
if the person(s) you are trying to "protect" the system from is/are  
your kids, as they normally are better computer techs than their  
parents these days :-)

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