For that, we use our Macs and a Mac app that acts like a motion detection alarm. It automatically captures photos or video from the Mac’s built-in cameras. All we need is a burglar to walk by. It works so well that we’re all wearing pajamas or Snuglee when wandering around the house at odd hours.
Arm Your Mac For Security
Here’s what I mean about geekiness in the Mincey Mansion. The Mac app we use to arm our place for security is called Witness. The Mac’s camera watches everything within sight. Literally, the Mac becomes a motion detector.
When motion is detected, the Mac springs into action, snaps a photo or video, and sends it to– here it comes– your iPhone or iPad.
Witness has a companion iPhone and iPad app which serves as your warning detector.
But it does more than that. It’s also the way you can arm Witness on the Mac at home when you’re not at home.
Arm or disable the alarm, check images and videos when the Mac detects motion in front of the camera.
Witness is a very clever app. What if the room is completely dark? The Mac’s camera won’t work, right? Right. But if the thief has a flashlight, Witness and the Mac’s camera will capture that, so you’ll know there’s an intruder.
All the camera needs is enough light to detect motion. A bunch of non-Mac video cameras also work on Witness (perfect for a Mac mini and an inexpensive USB cam).
Thieves are smart. Can’t they disable Witness? It’s not easy because Witness runs as a root process so quitting it requires administrator access.
Problems? Yes, Witness is not a theft-tracking or Mac recovery app. The same folks who make Witness also make Undercover to track your Mac and Undercover iOS to track your iPhone or iPad.
The other issue that bothers me about Witness is that it’s on a Mac, so it’s not exactly discrete (as would, say, a security camera hiding in a photo frame). It’s a Mac. They’re valuable. Thieves like valuable things. Even then, Witness can capture an image of the thief as he or she is hauling the Mac away.