#28 Deactivating via keypad


As indicated in post 2970500, there doesn't "appear" to be a way of disarming the application via keyboard. When I activated the alarm via the Menu bar, my screen went completely black with the logo appearing. I had no instructions or any way of knowing how to deactivate the alarm via keyboard, especially since the keyboard and mousepad are alarm triggering options. It was seem that a dialog box would be appropriate, as you mentioned considering, or not have the keyboard or mousepad activate the alarm. Secondly, if the keyboard is the current way to deactivate the alarm and there is no dialog box, what happens if I slip and hit the wrong key? Am I screwed? And yes, shutting the screen was the only way to shut the alarm off by making the computer go to sleep...opening the screen caused the Alarm to reactivate. I had to hurry up opening the screen and hold down the power button to reboot.

MacBook Pro 10.6.3


  • Edgar de Graaff

    Edgar de Graaff - 2010-04-20
    • labels: 1277800 -->
    • assigned_to: nobody --> edgraaff
    • priority: 5 --> 4
    • milestone: 1094367 --> 1095928
  • Edgar de Graaff

    Edgar de Graaff - 2010-04-20

    That's a good question. We know it completely locks up your mac. This can be a real pain during development ... if you make a mistake ... you're screwed :) Or when the debugger pops up at a breakpoint, you're never able to click it lol.
    As far as I know there is no magic key to force killing the application. Even ctrl+alt+cmd+eject doesn't make it shutdown.

    I haven't tried arming and disarming by password, only using the remote control. I didn't know how this worked and agree it is not very clear how this works. But apparently it is okay to stroke the wrong key and type the correct password after that.

    What do you suggest, a message dialog when you set a password?

  • Edgar de Graaff

    Edgar de Graaff - 2010-04-20
    • milestone: 1095928 --> Next_Release_(example)
  • Peter Easdown

    Peter Easdown - 2010-09-27
    • assigned_to: edgraaff --> ezsource
    • labels: --> New Security Mechanisms
    • status: open --> pending
  • Peter Easdown

    Peter Easdown - 2010-09-27

    v0.62 changes this to some extent. What I've done is, if you press a key (or move the mouse), the logo (if it has faded away) will reappear (giving you visual feedback of the keystroke). You have always been able to disarm simply by typing the password into the locked screen (without a dialog). As of v0.62, this will be a little different as, whilst it will immediately unlock if the correct password is entered, it will not trigger the alarm immediately if you mistype (or a thief enters something wrong) so that you can't simply work out the password by trial and error.

    so long as you had a password set, you should never have been "screwed" if you mistype. Yes, an alarm would sound, but quickly retyping the password from the start would disarm, and abort the alarm.

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