What’s the price of security for a Mac user? When you walk away from your Mac, even for a moment or two, it’s open and ready to be hacked, ravaged, or pilfered by anyone who walks by. The Sesame app locks your Mac when you walk away.
Open Sesame? Nah, Locked
The name sesame carries a number of meanings. There’s Sesame Street. The sesame plant. The phrase, ‘Open Sesame’ (the magical phrase in ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves‘).
In the case of Mac users who already have everything but not this, there’s Sesame the wireless lock. Wireless lock?
Yes, Sesame is a keychain fob and an app. The fob goes wherever you and your keys go. The app is proximity sensitive thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 and will lock your Mac when you leave.
And, when you walk back to your Mac, Sesame knows you’ve returned and will unlock your Mac and make it ready to use.
See? I told you it’s the Mac app for the Mac user who has everything else. Sesame is simple enough to setup and use.
Set the signal strength in Sesame’s preferences. You can lock your Mac after so many seconds or minutes, and toggle volume and pause iTunes, too.
Sesame’s key fob uses Bluetooth and the app monitors the fob. When the fob moves far enough away, the app locks the Mac. The app offers two-factor authentication which makes your Mac more difficult to access (or, press Sesame’s fob button to unlock the Mac).
This is exactly the kind of functionality you’d like to see Apple make default in an iOS app for iPhone or iPad. A keychain fob isn’t much of a hindrance, but it’s another gadget to carry around. An Apple app that locked and unlocked a Mac from an iPhone would be another reason to own a Mac (and an iPhone).