Password on start-up help

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menhir
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Password on start-up help

Post by menhir » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:23 am

I guess I still have newbie questions after all this time.

My office computer had a hard drive failure. No problem, because I had all the info backed up and had a spare computer also running Mint on the shelf, so to speak. I transferred all the information and updated everything...Good to go!

The problem is that I never bothered to to require a log in at startup on the spare because I was just using it for odds and ends around the home. Now that it's in my workplace, I want to require a sign-in and, ugh, I just can't remember how to do it. (Yes, I did a search but I just keep coming up with results about lost passwords, etc.)

The funny thing is, when I turn on the computer, no password is required, but when the computer times out, a password is required to get back on.

I'll admit that I've just come off some very very busy weeks at work and my daughter's wedding. I only have a couple of days to get caught up and I'm practically cross-eyed and probably...very probably not thinking straight. And it's now nearing 1:30AM.
Sometimes there's not enough beer in the world. :lol:

Any help would be appreciated. As always...Thanks.

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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by hpmital » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:43 am

Please click menu and type login window in the search box. Click to open the login window application. You can select the option for auto login or not.

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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by mdollarnomore » Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:30 am

You know that simple login is not very secure.
Please think about hdd encryption. Needs reinstall of OS.
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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by menhir » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:21 pm

Thanks, that did the job.

I'm a bit embarrassed because I tried it myself before I posted yesterday, but I apparently neglected to uncheck the auto login button on the next tab. :oops:
Well, like I said, i was a little too tired to think clearly...My bad.

Regarding the security...Noted, and thanks.
For my purposes on this particular computer, a simple login is fine. I keep no credit card or sensitive information on it. Just student records, curriculum details, daily transaction records, secondary back-ups, etc.. It's used merely used to access and work on and/or print my files, which are kept on a flash drive that goes back and forth to the office with me. Still, I don't want someone casually playing around with the computer.

Still, the idea of encryption is something I will likely pursue when I have some time. It may come in handy.

A follow up:
The new login screen at startup requires both the username and my password. Is it possible to just require that password only? I'm the only user.
I'm happy with the login working as it is, but I'm curious.

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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by Pjotr » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:24 pm

About encryption: should you ever wish to do that, encrypt only your /home folder and not your entire system. Less complexity on the hard disk, faster and more robust. :)
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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by all41 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:14 pm

The new login screen at startup requires both the username and my password. Is it possible to just require that password only? I'm the only user.
Again return to your Login Window Preferences/Options choose to automatically select the last logged in user

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Re: Password on start-up help

Post by menhir » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:14 am

Thanks. That did the trick. :D

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