COMMUNICATION DEVICE INACTIVITY PASSWORD LOCK
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-May-02
When a communication device (radio, phone, etc.), is misplaced or left unattended, someone other than the authorized user could use it, leaving the legitimate user responsible for the consequences, financial or otherwise. A password lock feature currrently allows users to "lock" their radios from use unless a correct password is entered, but this feature would not be activated when the device is accidentally misplaced, or the user hastily leaves his radio behind while attending to some urgent mat- ter. An improvement over the current radio lock fea- ture would be for the device to become locked after it is inactive for a preprogrammed period of time, similar to computer screen "locking" programs.