Macs may be more secure from outside intruders than Windows PCs, but any Mac at home or in an office is vulnerable to inside intruders.
Think about it. Who’s looking at your Mac while you’re at lunch? Is there a way to lock down your Mac and know when someone attempts to use it? A powerful, sophisticated 21st century computer should snap a photo and alert you so you can catch an intruder redhanded.
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Through the years I’ve tried a dozen Mac apps that provide various levels of additional security. In most cases, at home or the office, it’s hard to beat the password lockout.
After a period of time the screensaver comes on and you need a password to get back in to your Mac.
This is effective in most cases, but not all, and certainly not if the intruder is experienced. Besides, there’s just no fun in a simple password as your security feature.
Imagine the scenario. You’re on your Mac for a few hours at work or home, then decide to go to lunch or shopping. It doesn’t matter whether your Mac stays on or is shut down. It can be vulnerable.
Redhand is a simple, behind-the-scenes app that tracks whenever someone tries to use your Mac. Not only do you get a list of intrusion attempts, Redhand can use your Mac’s iSight camera to snap a photo of whoever is in front of the screen at the time.
What you get when you log back in later is a simple log of the time and action and the photo of whoever is on the keyboard at the time.
There’s more to Redhand that mere photo capture and intrusion log.
Specific scripts can be set up to be executed when someone tries to get into your Mac. The control panel lets you set it up so Redhand starts when your Mac starts. You set the password.
Set the timer so Redhand locks the screen after a certain period of time. Select which camera Redhand uses to capture a photo.
There’s also options for specific events and actions to take place when someone attempts to gain access to your Mac. For example, a wrong password can be saved to the log.
Or, you can have Redhand run a script to send you an email message that someone has tried to use your Mac. It’s this area where Redhand could use some maturity. Most Mac users know not about scripts, so a list of specific actions would be an improvement.
Users need a simple check box for various script options (including the basic scripts) and multiple notification options, similar to the far more expensive app, Undercover.
For value and an extra layer of security, Redhand is difficult to beat.