Here’s a new way to add a few layers of extra security by locking up (or, unlocking) your Mac using Bluetooth or USB devices. This one is inexpensive and is almost good enough to not worry about device security. Almost.
The Lock Up Utility
OS X offers a few built-in ways to lock up your Mac including logging out, a password protected screensaver, and, well that’s about it.
What we need is a security utility that does a little and here it is. TokenLock gives you six ways to lock up your Mac (and to unlock your Mac) that you didn’t know about.
At first, TokenLock appears to be a simple security device. It’s not. There’s more lurking behind the scenes than you think.
TokenLock can lock up your Mac when a USB device is removed. Think about what that does if someone removes a USB storage device in an attempt to walk off with your Mac.
TokenLock can lock up your Mac when a Bluetooth device is disconnected from the Mac, or when a specific Bluetooth device reaches a minimum signal strength.
That feature alone is worth the less-than-a-sandwiche price tag. Pair it to your iPhone and it can lock up your Mac automatically when you walk away.
Or, setup TokenLock to lock your Mac with a hotkey combo, or the Apple Remote. Lock the Mac with a quick click to the icon in the Menubar. TokenLock works in the other direction, too.
Unlock the screensaver when you plugin the USB device, or when a paired Bluetooth device checks in again. And, of course, it can be unlocked with the Apple Remote.
Locking can be disabled for a predefined time period, and there’s an option to designate safe Wi-Fi networks for added security. TokenLock is smart enough to know that when your Mac sleeps it can cause USB disconnections so it doesn’t double lock.
What’s interesting about this utility is the price tag does not match the capabilities. You’ll be impressed by the number of video clips which walk you through all that TokenLock can do. Those extra layers of security are valuable and made more so by the nominal price.