Who watches your home while you’re gone? Your Mac. We’ve all read of the Mac camera apps that act as motion sensors. They grab a photo or video of anyone or anything that walks in front of the camera.
Add to that slick security system a little home noise to scare away would be intruders. Noise? Most burglars and thieves will avoid a noisy home, so leave it to your Mac to supply the household-is-occupied sounds when you’re not at home.
The Sounds That Scare
I’ve always been partial to the leave-the-light-on trick. What’s more inviting to a thief? A dark house? Or, a house with lights that go on and off from time to time?
Actually, a house that makes noise as if someone is at home could work as a great deterrent to unauthorized entry.
Home Protector is the Mac app that keeps home security simple.
The app plays sounds, household sounds, at random times that make it appear as if someone is there.
Household sounds? The sound of people talking, launching, playing, crying, snoring. And, mix in sounds of printing, phones ringing, vacuum cleaner sucking, dogs barking, and toilet flushing and Home Protector makes it sound just like home, even when you’re not around.
Setup is shockingly simple and intuitive. Set the days and time range for each day. Then add sounds.
Home Protector comes with all the basic sounds you’ll need, but gives you an option to add your own sounds.
You choose which sounds play during which time period and on which days.
Any sound in the collection can be previewed with a click to the Play button.
The time ranges are arbitrary and limited from midnight to 6:00 AM, 6:00 AM to Noon, Noon to 6:00 PM, and 6:00 PM to midnight.
You can mix and match specific sounds to add more realism to the sound effects. After all, what thief wants to hear snoring for 20-minutes. The whole process is simply drag and drop.
Recording your own sounds or conversation snippets is easy, too. Simply select the New Audio Recording in QuickTime Player, click the red Record button, and record your sound.
Home Protector will import the QuickTime audio file and you can place the sound with others.
If you’re planning to be away from home for awhile, Home Protector can play sounds in All Day mode, too.
I’d like to see a different way to setup the time ranges. The six hour segments are common, but too arbitrary.