Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

As you can see, when unlocking from sleep there is an, in my opinion, intrusive white box surrounding icon and password. Is it possible to remove it?

share|improve this question

It is not a white overlay, but a real UI element (likely a window without title bar) containing the password box and your avatar. You can click on it without dismissing the password box contents, but if you click outside, they are removed. You can observe similar behavior with a direct CGSession -switchToUserID call.

There is no preference for it. Since it's not just a pretty image like the circle around the avatar, it is not easily editable.

share|improve this answer
I believe the process responsible is SecurityAgent, but I'm not a 100% sure. Its disassembly is painful to read. I'm giving up. Can't be done with sanity intact. – Daniel Beck Dec 23 '11 at 21:36
Alright, I was hoping there would be a texture file stored somewhere in the library that I could just get rid of or replace with a blank image to change it. Thanks the same :) – Francesco Zeno Dec 24 '11 at 11:44

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.