The Mac has one seldom used built-in feature I would really like to see on my iPad. Multiple user capability. The only reason Apple doesn’t want multiple user mode on an iPad is because we’d share iPads, rather than buy one for each of us.
Apple makes more money when we buy more iPads. Alright, that has little to do with security, but here’s a Mac app that can help us secure Macs which have multiple users by preventing access to specific apps, regardless of the user.
Your Password Is Your Friend
To be honest about it, there are many, many ways to secure your Mac, whether at home or at the office or while lugging it around on the road. Your password is your friend and every Mac that has the potential of more than one user needs to be protected with a password.
That brings me to another level of protection. Password protecting specific apps. This is useful for any MacBook user, or anyone– home or office– that has a Mac that can be used by others.
Add Mac App Blocker to block anyone but you from using the apps on your Mac. All you need is a password and the apps you lock up won’t run.
What is really cool about this kind of password protection are the user friendly features. Wait. What’s user friendly about an app that locks everyone out?
You can schedule each app or all the apps on your Mac to be unblocked (which means easier, faster access for you) during certain times of specific days.
You can also setup a timeout value so after x-minutes of not using your Mac, the apps close down and lock up. It’s also easy to setup and use. Select the app you want to lock down with a password, set the time and schedule and settings, and, well, that’s it.
So this is a good tool for anyone with a Mac that travels, anyone with a Mac in the office, and just as important, anyone with a Mac at home that has family members who may have access.
You can even use Mac App Blocker to lock down System Preferences so no one else can tamper with your Mac’s settings. Those incriminating photos you have in iPhoto? Lock everyone out. Those documents you took from your government job? Lock the apps that would disclose what you did or what the government did.
The neatest new feature in Mac App Blocker is the network aware option. Depending on the network you can lock or unlock your Mac’s apps (great for road warriors). The only question I have is why isn’t something like this already built in to OS X?