On Sun, 2015-04-26 at 04:30 +0200, Kevin Kofler wrote:
Germano Massullo wrote:
> KDE Plasma 5 locks the screen with user password after 5 minutes of
> system being in idle.
> I think that we should disable screenlock as default behaviour for KDE
> Plasma, because it will annoy many users. If anybody needs it, it can be
> easly activated.
+1. Sorry Lukáš and Rex, but we should really override the upstream default
and revert to the Plasma 4 default here.
Automatically locking the screen after n minutes of inactivity is inherently
flawed and insecure, because it gives an attacker n minutes of time to take
over your desktop. There is NO alternative to locking your screen manually
when leaving your desktop. Therefore, supporting automatic locking sends the
entirely wrong message. (It lets users get away with laziness, until they
get burned by it.)
And then there is the annoyance factor already mentioned by other posters.
And the added exceptions for things like video players just make it MORE
likely that the automatic locking the user was relying on will not happen
(e.g., because of an embedded video in some web page in the background).
I entirely agree.
The message should be: If you want the screen to be locked, then lock
only takes 2 clicks.
Or close the lid if it's a laptop (which seems to be the use case most
people are concerned about).
Slightly OT: video players can prevent locking, but can they prevent the
screen going dark? This happens to me all the time when watching a long