I am 70 years old and losing my memory. The only other person here is my wife, who I trust with everything.

I have Ubuntu set to automatically log me in when I boot the system. I need to stop the constant password requests when I walk away from the computer for a while.

  • Not really an answer to your question but just an idea. You could set a password where you just drag your finger over the top row of keys or something similar. I do the same on mine because I got tired of tipping in my complicated root password.
    – unknown
    May 11, 2016 at 18:35

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There is an easily changed setting to prevent these requests for your password whenever you need to walk away from your computer for a while.

First follow this path:

Dash --> System Settings --> Personal --> Brightness & Lock

Then take the following two steps:

  1. Set the 'Lock' setting to 'Off'
  2. Uncheck the setting 'Require my Password when waking from suspend'

I have tested this successfully with both Trusty Tahr 14.04 LTS and Xenial Xerus 16.04 LTS. Below is a screenshot from Xenial Xerus to illustrate the technique:

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Obviously this shows the setting activated, you need to remove the tick (the check in the check box) by clicking on it.

Note: Keep in mind that this disables a security feature of Ubuntu, possibly not relevant in your case but relevant to many other Ubuntu users. This feature is designed to protect your computer from unauthorized use by others while you are away from your computer for a period of time...

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    No problem, and a big 'Welcome' to Ubuntu :). I hope you enjoy both Ubuntu itself and the community that supports it... May 6, 2016 at 21:47
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    And if this answer has solved your problem on AskUbuntu you can 'Accept' the answer by clicking the greyed out 'Tick' near my answer. This neatly wraps up the whole question and answer and shows the community what worked best for you... May 6, 2016 at 22:35
  • What 'Tick', please?
    – Tom D
    May 7, 2016 at 14:15
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    @TomD welcome to Ask Ubuntu! You might want to check this link to understand how "accepting an answer" works: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5234/… May 7, 2016 at 19:11
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    @TomD What people in some countries call a "tick mark" people in other countries call a "check mark", and it looks like ✓. It's roughly to the left of "Set the 'Lock' setting to 'Off'" in the answer. May 7, 2016 at 21:24

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