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Separate password and virtual keyboard for screen locker

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jbanister
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Hello,

Typing my long secure password for root is a PITA to do every time I need to enter a password for screen locker. The type of casual trespass for which having a screen locker password is beneficial for me at all does not warrant such a long secure password, and having to use my root password so frequently takes away form the security of that password. I like a short insecure password for screen locker: something that guarantees people won't see porn if they accidentally bump my mouse but is easy to type 30 times a day. Giving me the opportunity to set a separate password for screen locker would solve this problem.

Also, screen locker works poorly with my tablet PC. If there was no keyboard connected at the time screen locker started, plugging one in to type the password doesn't work. If it's too complicated for it to check for the presence of a keyboard, giving me the option to have screen locker display one every time would work.

Thanks for taking the time to read and consider these words.

Kind regards,
John B.
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DO NOT LOG INTO A GRAPHICAL SESSION AS ROOT!
NEVER!


Actually do not login as root ever, su, sudo or kdesu(do) when you have to and do not permit remote root logins. Best deactivate the root account (man passwd) - at least for password logins.

Remote logins need a strong password (or, preferably, login by ssh key only, which you can carry on a usb stick) and for local logins you need a password that cannot be broken "by the way" - whoever has physical access to the machine has access to *everything* that is not encrypted.
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Thanks for the good advice. To the best of my knowledge, I have not installed the software that would permit remote login. I don't log in when I start the computer, and I don't have root access without su, so in general, I'm living in the manner you recommend. Except, when I'm away from the computer for a little while and screen locker locks it, the password screen locker wants to unlock it is the root password, and I don't find any facility to tell screen locker to use a different one.
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that sounds weired. the locker (every screensaver you can get) should deactivate by the current users password.
when logged in, enter "whoami" into konsole - if it prints "root", you are.
if not enter "passwd" provide your old, then a new password.

if you automatically log in as root (should not be possible) please change that in systemsettings

 
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