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Can I password protect when Ubuntu wakes up from an idle or sleep, like you can in windows?

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Yes, you can. Open System > Preferences > Screensaver and select the "Lock screen when screensaver is active" option. Next, run gconf-editor, navigate to */apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/use_screensaver_settings* and enable *use_screensaver_settings*.

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This worked for me in v9 but not in v10. As a work-around, I created a shortcut to pm-suspend on my panel (for some reason, other suspend options still lock the screen - I think this is a bug). – nbolton May 25 '10 at 21:52
This works for me in 9.04, and 10.04. Thanks – D'Arvit Jun 9 '10 at 13:19

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