Instead, most damage done to a Mac starts with user neglect which allows family members or co-workers to get into an unattended Mac. Turning off automatic login in System Preferences and making sure you don’t hand out your password helps. So does the RedHand utility.
The $5 Promise
Redhand is a promising Mac utility; the kind that has features we’d like to see built-in to OS X, but needs a few more to be indispensable.
The name RedHand probably refers to an option to capture a photo of someone who enters the wrong password while trying to open your Mac.
You know, ‘caught red handed.’
At the basic level RedHand locks your Mac. Do it through a global keyboard shortcut when you need to step away from the Mac (or use the Menubar or Dock options).
RedHand also locks your Mac after a set period of inactivity, much like when the screensaver comes on. Beyond that, there are two very cool features I like.
One is the photo capture of whoever is sitting in front of your Mac trying out different passwords.
Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words.
RedHand records the photo and time and date stamps the occurrence in a log. Also built in to RedHand is an option to run AppleScripts or Unix shell scripts. For example, if someone enters a wrong password you can receive an email, or play an audio file with a warning.
Finally, another favorite function is Bluetooth proximity. If you have an iPhone, RedHand can be setup to lock the Mac when you walk away. And, when you walk back up to your Mac, the Bluetooth connection is re-established and your Mac is unlocked.
RedHand doesn’t cost much and provides yet another layer of security which works well in a home, school, or office environment.