FAQ: Secure Event Input alerts are annoying me. How do I turn them off? What are they?

These notifications are to help you identify apps that may be preventing TypeIt4Me from expanding your abbreviations, but if they’re annoying you it’s easy to turn them off. Open your Mac’s System Preferences and go to Notifications (it’s in the top right corner). Once you’re in Notifications you’ll see a list of apps on the left. Select TypeIt4Me in the list, then select the “None” option and untick all the checkboxes under “TypeIt4Me alert style”.

How to turn off TypeIt4Me notifications

So what does Secure Event Input do, exactly?

Secure Input is a very useful protective feature built into many apps (such as web browsers) that kicks in to shield your passwords and other sensitive data while these are being entered at the keyboard. This is so that they can’t be intercepted and recorded for nefarious purposes and only you will know what you’re typing.

Secure Input is very much a good thing, however it is meant to be used sparingly. It’s usually only temporarily turned on while you type in a password or credit card field in Safari. It can cause problems if it isn’t turned off again once it’s done its job. With some apps, when the Secure Event Input protection is triggered it mistakenly remains enabled even after you’re done entering the sensitive information and / or you switch to a different app. TypeIt4Me and other text expansion apps will then effectively be ‘locked out’ of keyboard input and prevented from functioning until Secure Event Input is turned off.

When apps “forget” to switch Secure Event Input off again – needlessly blocking text expansion – the way to correct this is to quit the offending app. That’s why TypeIt4Me displays notifications when an app enables Secure Event Input. When these alerts pop up it doesn’t necessarily mean TypeIt4Me will no longer work. They are a means to help you identify the culprit if TypeIt4Me stops expanding your abbreviations. For example, if you find TypeIt4Me doesn’t work even after the cursor has left a password or credit card entry field, you may need to quit Safari or Chrome and relaunch it.

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