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Auto-lock with password after certain time by default

Feature state

openSUSE Distribution


  • Enable automatic screen-lock with password required. E.g. after 5mins and 10seconds respectively.
  • add a default "lock" button to the GUI taskbar

User benefit:

To increase security. We have many and varied security-related features and policies.
Requiring a password when the screen auto-locks is just common sense.
An easily accessible lock button makes it more likely that a user will use it when he leaves his desk.
These both ought to be the default setup.


icons/user_comment.png D. H. wrote: (6 years ago)

Just to be clear, the proposal is just for a default on install?

Or is the proposal that somewhere within the system, the screensaver with auto-lock can be made mandatory?

icons/user_comment.png P. J. wrote: (6 years ago)

For starters, a change of default is sufficient, but clearly it would be better to also be able deny the user the possibility to change it. That seems to be a little more intrusive than a simple change of default though.

icons/user_comment.png T. E. wrote: (6 years ago)

No it wouldn't be better to deny the user the possibility of changing it.

Many people have their computers in environments (eg. their home) where they don't need to lock the screen, either because they live alone or they trust the people they live with not to stuff around with their computer without permission.

Having it as a default is not a bad idea, as long as it's configurable (and it is already in KDE so making it non-configurable would require breaking a KDE feature - a big no-no).

icons/user_comment.png P. J. wrote: (6 years ago)

A security feature that can be switched off by the user is really not much of a feature, unfortunately. Requiring a password by default is a step in the right direction, but I don't want my users to be able to disable that.
I think it would be absolutely fine to deny the user the ability to change this setting, but obviously anyone with root/admin access should be able to do so.

This way we cater to your home user as well as to my office users.

icons/user_comment.png D. H. wrote: (6 years ago)

I would add a variant: that the screensaver (with auto-lock) is invoked on bootup auto-login, so someone starting the computer needs to put in the password, but that all the usual start-up stuff can happen in the background while doing that.

icons/user_comment.png A. P. wrote: (6 years ago)

What about this idea for dealing with the home and office situation.
On install, at the point where security details are requested, to ask the installer where the computer is in an office or home environment. Depending on the choice, the suitable default configuration can be installed. Of course a typical home user would also know the root password, thus can change between the two configuration profiles at will and tweak them as needed.

This way you can satisfy both the office environment and the private home user.

icons/user_comment.png K. L. wrote: (6 years ago)



icons/user_comment.png M. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

quite late for 12.1.

Last change: 6 months ago
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