Macs and PCs in the school where I work have occasional unauthorized use attempts. It’s simply a fact of life where there are hundreds of Macs and PCs together.
How can you prevent unauthorized usage? The standard security practices apply. Screen lockouts with username and passwords for re-entry. What if someone is able to get onto your Mac to run applications?
No Silver Bullet Security
Unfortunately, there’s no single app or process that works to secure your Mac 100-percent of the time. AppDefender has promise because it stops intruders from using apps on your Mac.
That assumes an intruder is already inside and wants to run an app.
AppDefender is a Mac utility which monitors specific apps on your Mac and authorizes access only when the proper password is provided.
Plus, it goes beyond the expected usage of common apps to include System Preferences, your Mac OS X Terminal app, and the Mac’s Keychain (where all your other usernames and passwords are stored).
That means you can have a single password which must be used to launch certain applications. AppDefender sits in the background and monitors specific apps. When an app is launched, a pop up screen appears and the appropriate password must be entered.
Otherwise, the app won’t launch and the intruder is at least slowed down a little. AppDefender also has a feature that requires the password to be entered when using a USB flash disk that you carry with you.
Nice Idea, But…
I like the concept and the app is easy to setup and use, and it’s inexpensive. More security can be provided by a number of additional Mac apps.
For example, the 8 Ways To Lock Down Your Mac From Intruders goes beyond the keyboard to virus scanning and firewall functions. If you don’t mind mucking with the Firewall, there’s a Free, Secret Way To Improve Your Mac’s Security.
If you’re a bit paranoid and security conscious, there are 11 Ways NetMine Makes Your Mac More Secure—from the inside out. What if your Mac gets stolen? There are at least 6 Apps That Track Your Stolen Mac And 2 Are Free.
See the problem? There are umpteen ways to add more security to your Mac.
Of course, there are ways to Encrypt Mac Files And Fight Paranoia, but that doesn’t track a stolen Mac, capture photos of intruders, or limit intruders’ ability to run apps. In the end, the paranoid Mac user needs multiple apps to have safe and secure files.