The Mac App Store’s trend toward inexpensive, single-purpose, one-trick-pony apps is clear. They’re everywhere. They do pretty much one thing. They don’t cost much. They’re easy to use.
For example, how do you lock down your Mac when you’re away? Screensaver? Shutdown? Some kind of security app? Log out? Check out what 99-cents gets you.
Of Kids And Co-Workers
Macs are mostly secure from outside attacks. What about securing a Mac from inside attacks? Inside? Yes. Your wife or husband. Your children or neighbors. Your office co-workers?
How many ways can you tighten down and buckle up your Mac?
Actually, the answer is many. Set up secure login and shut down your Mac when you leave.
When someone tries to get into your Mac they need to know the password. Easy, huh? Except for that part about shutdown. How about fast using a screensaver with a password lock?
The Security > General tab in System Preferences makes it a single click option. And there are plenty of other screensaver and security apps that help to protect your Mac from prying eyes when you’re away.
What 99-cents Gets These Days
Lock Desktop is a very inexpensive Mac app that, well, it locks your Desktop so no one can get in without a password. Click the Dock icon and Lock Desktop springs into action.
Alright, spring isn’t the optimum word. It’s a program, Stephanie. It just runs.
To get back into your Mac, just enter your user password and you’re good to go.
No fast user switching. No shutdown. No logout. All your apps are where they were before you left.
Wait a minute. For 99-cents isn’t that doing what fast user switching already does?
Isn’t it doing what the security provision on the screensaver does?
Uh, yes. Mostly. But not quite. If there are multiple users on a Mac, Lock Desktop will let them log in, too. But your running apps are not shown as running. So, it’s different. Sometimes 99-cents gets you a nuance, not a revolution.