How many ways can you secure your Mac from passersby? You know, those co-workers, family members, or friends who might want to take a look at what’s on your Mac while you’re not around? Can you secure a Mac from such fly-by-hacking attempts?
Here’s a little utility applications that adds another layer of security to your Mac that improves security and yet makes it just a bit easier to unlock your Mac yourself. More security, less effort. And it works on any Mac with a trackpad; Mac notebooks, of course, but also iMacs and other Macs with a Magic Trackpad installed.
Tap, And Ye Shall Receive
The app is call Tap because that’s kinda sorta mostly what you do with it. Tap the trackpad and unlock your Mac. Tap could just as easily be called Swipe or Gesture or Password Draw or Pattern Lock but you get the idea, right? Instead of entering a password to unlock your Mac, simply tap the correct gesture onto the trackpad.
First, setup the password and the gesture or tap you wish to use in Tap.
Second, you’re done.
A single gesture can be setup as a character within your password. Even the number of fingers you use to tap can be part of the password that unlocks your mac.
That means your fingers are used to unlock the Mac with a gesture that only you know. It can be multiple taps, drawing gesture, or even a combination.
Tap resides in the Mac’s background and takes up less energy on a notebook than the Finder or the Dock so its energy efficient.
Tap makes it easier and faster to unlock your Mac and get back to work without having to type in a password. The app costs just a few dollars and adds another layer of security to your Mac that isn’t easily guessed or copied by anyone nearby while you’re away.
Controls are in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s easy to make changes to the pattern you use to enter the password automatically. What I would like to see is a similar trackpad option to lock the Mac before stepping away, and, of course, the option to capture a photo of anyone who tries to get into your Mac while you’re gone would be handy.
Otherwise, there’s much to like. Tap is simple, straightforward, and all you need to do is remember the tapping gesture you use to unlock your Mac’s screen instead of some arcane password. Tap remembers the password and enters it for you.