Definition - What does Molly-Guard mean?
A molly-guard is a physical shield or barrier that prevents unauthorized or improper access to part of a hardware device. The molly-guard is placed over a button, lever or other control so that less experienced users have more trouble getting to it and it cannot be activated by accident.
Techopedia explains Molly-Guard
In the urban legends surrounding this term, “molly-guard” is often attributed to a programmer working on an IBM 4341 mainframe computer. According to the story, the programmer's young daughter, who was named Molly, pushed a particularly important control button twice during a given day. Presumably, the programmer then constructed some type of molly-guard to prevent further difficulty.
As the term has emerged, it has often been used in conjunction with the term “big red switch” for a primary power switch, shutdown switch or other primary control, and may be used on hardware devices or even on industrial machinery.
7 Tips For Selecting an Enterprise Mobile Device Management Solution
Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic: