Since there’s no shortage of paranoia in the world, there’s no shortage of security apps for Mac users. Macs are pretty secure on the inside. Outside hackers can’t easily hack into your Mac.
What about those in your office or family? Who watches your Mac when you’re not around to watch it? Who’s trying to login while you’re gone? Do you get alerts when someone begins to use your unguarded Mac?
Who Watches What You Cannot?
My latest find is a handy Mac app that does just that. It watches your Mac when you are not around. That makes it perfect for home use, office use, even travel.
Watchmac does what you want. It watches your Mac.
Specific sensors are set up to monitor select functions on your Mac.
Under normal conditions, if someone tries to unlock your Mac’s screensaver, they may just move on after a few attempts.
With Watchmac, the intrusion event is recorded and you’re notified. Watchmac can even take iSight camera snapshots of the intruder.
The Tattletale Sensor
Most Mac users have Mac notebooks. Many newer Mac notebooks have a built-in hardware motion sensor. Watchmac knows when someone tries to move your MacBook, MacBook Pro, and some older models.
Watchmac can be set to capture a photo of the intruder using the Mac’s built-in iSight camera. All intrusion attempts are logged into a file history with time and date stamps, including the captured photos.
Wait! There’s more!
It’s one thing to capture the time and date when an intruder tries to mess with your Mac, but it’s something else again to sound an alarm. Watchmac does that, too—loud enough and long enough to scare away a Mac intruder.
There’s still more.
Watchmac also alerts you—not only with a lengthy log of intrusion attempts—but via email.
If you’re out and about and carrying your iPhone, you’ll get an email alert that someone is messing with your pride and joy.
I love this little app. Watchmac just sits there and does the deeds, sounds the alarms, acts as a witness in a Kangaroo court, and gives you yet another leg up on the nefarious criminal types—office co-workers, or snooping family members.
Now, if Watchmac could also monitor my Mac’s firewall and give me alerts whenever some outside force is trying to force its way inside…