For all the built-in security that comes with each Mac, users can still be a little paranoid. Who’s trying to use your Mac when you’re not around? Whether home or office, the Mac we use can be used by others.
Here’s how to make your Mac more secure by turning it into a secret spy cam that takes photos of anyone using your Mac. Is it ethical? Is it legal? Either way, it’s interesting and easy to set up.
2010 Year Of The Tiger. Or, Security
The number of Mac apps that add a layer or two of additional security have increased by a dozen in 2010. Most of these apps fall into one of two categories. One that checks Macs for viruses and malware.
And one that checks to see who is using your Mac.
Of the former, there’s not much Mac malware to speak about—better safe than sorry, though. Of the latter, if your Mac is at home, on the road, or in an office, it can be compromised. What’s a good defense?
Short of barbed wire or an electrified fence, when you’re not around, nearly anyone can get into your Mac. MacInLock is another Mac app to check logins and take a snapshot.
The Locked Mac With A Security Camera
On the surface, a locked Mac would seem to slow down a physical intruder—one sitting in front of your Mac trying to login. MacInLock snaps the when and the where and the who of an unauthorized attempt to use your Mac.
Installation and set up is simple and straightforward. From then on, any attempt to login to your Mac gets captured—time, date, and a photo snapshot from your Mac’s iSight camera.
MacInLock options are straightforward. Preferences, Network Settings, and Logins. Once you’ve set up MacInLock to constantly monitor your Mac, all you’ll need to do is view the Login attempts to see who’s trying to use your Mac.
Preferences also allow your Mac to send you an email message about an intrusion attempt.
MacInLock also has an option to upload the photos to Google.
The whole idea behind this extra layer of security is to give you a time, date, and, hopefully, a photo of someone who attempts to login to your Mac.
Of course, these extra features don’t mean much if you leave your Mac unattended and never use the login and logout feature built-in to OS X. MacInLock won’t protect your Mac from someone who steals it, either. Physical theft is more common with Mac notebooks and all of them feature the built-in iSight camera.
A smart thief will take proper precautions.
However, thieves being what they are (not always very smart), it’s likely that they’ll try to get into your Mac at least once the old fashioned way—sitting in front and trying a username and password.
In that case, MacInLock performs a gotcha service, snaps the time and date, and the photo, and gets them emailed quickly. It’s not a perfect deterrent, but it’s simple to install, setup, and use. The results might be surprising.