Stiff security is a problem for Mac and iPhone users. Most of us use simple passwords to access our devices and that leaves them vulnerable to hackers, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other ne’er-do-wells.
If security is an issue for you then a longer and more complex password can help– except that longer and more complex passwords also means logging into a locked Mac takes more time. Why not put the built-in technology of an iPhone and Apple Watch to help you unlock your Mac without the hassle?
iMac, Because MacID
Apple thinks iPhone and Watch are a perfect– albeit expensive– combination to unlock your Mac as you sit down to use it (and lock it up as you leave). Auto Unlock is coming to Macs with macOS Sierra.
Funny thing. True story, too. Apple seems to have lifted the Auto Unlock feature from the MacID app which already works with Mac, iPhone, and Watch and gives you more features, too, including a nifty neato security feature for Mac notebooks that even Apple doesn’t do.
Newer Macs and iPhones use a new technology called Bluetooth LE (low energy). MacID– free on the Mac– lets your iPhone’s proximity unlock your Mac without any effort. All you need is the MacID for iOS app.
What both MacID apps do in concert is revealing about what’s coming in the future. Proximity controls. With MacID on your iPhone or iPad all it takes to unlock your Mac is your finger on Touch ID’s fingerprint scanner.
Walk away from your Mac (ostensibly with iPhone in your pocket, or Watch on your wrist) and your Mac senses the proximity and locks itself up, but automatically unlocks when you return. Nearly ultimate security with incredibly easy operation.
MacID on your Mac (free) and MacID for iOS on your iPhone or iPad make it drop dead simple to unlock your Mac without having to type in a password. Show up with iPhone in hand and let the easy unlocking begin.
What about iPhone or iPad? No need. Both already have Touch ID fingerprint scanners, so security is high. The Mac doesn’t have Touch ID (yet) but having an iPhone or iPad with MacID for iOS increases security strength while decreasing the effort required to keep your Mac secure.
Bonus! MacID for iOS also works with Apple Watch, so the same proximity security can be applied to your wrist. Sweet. Just like Apple will do someday.
So, why get MacID? Check out this extra cool security feature.
Use MacID on the Mac to setup a custom tap pattern onto your Mac’s trackpad or even on Magic Mouse. Tap the pattern, and the Mac unlocks. MacID runs on Macs, iPhone, and iPads that have Bluetooth LE (low energy) already built-in. Does it work. Yes. It’s as reliable as Bluetooth.