Another great saying from father is this one: ‘The road less traveled is often less traveled for a reason.’ Again, great advice. What does either of those sayings have to do with unlocking your Mac?
Knock, And Ye Shall Unlock
There’s a new iPhone and Mac combo app making the rounds that dares to think different, is unafraid to go where no app has gone before in a vain attempt to make you think you’re being hip, cool, chic, and more secure.
Here’s the deal on Knock. Install Knock on your Mac. Install Knock on your iPhone. Then, when you want to unlock your Mac, simply knock on your iPhone.
The knocking motion will tell Knock on your iPhone to connect with Knock on your Mac via Bluetooth, and, Presto Voila! Unlock your Mac.
Cool, right? Knock on your iPhone like you’d knock on a door, and your Mac unlocks and makes itself ready for you to sit down and do a real days work.
Wouldn’t it be easier just to sit down and enter the Mac’s password to unlock the screen? Yeah, probably, but what’s the fun in that? Besides, you’re not helping the world’s fragile economy.
Knock uses Bluetooth Low Energy so it only works on newer Macs. Knock for Mac is free, but there’s a little price tag on Knock for iPhone.
I really don’t want to knock Knock, but I have to wonder whether or not I should apply those two sayings from my father.
Maybe we should look at this a different way. Should your Mac be locked in the first place? OK, I’ll go along with that. It should. You know; security and all that. Second, what if someone steals your iPhone? You can still use your password to unlock and log into your Mac (and disable Knock).
What I can’t figure out is why I have to pull my iPhone out of my pocket, then knock twice just to unlock my Mac. Wouldn’t it be easier just to enter the password to login?