How many ways can you lock down your Mac and make it secure from intruders, family members, neighbors, thieves, and co-workers? The answer is plenty— there are plenty of ways to secure a Mac, its apps, and data.
Security for any modern computer usually is set up in layers. No single security method guarantees your Mac cannot be tampered with, but the more layers, ostensibly the better the deterrent, and ipso facto– better security. Here’s another option I like, and this one is particularly useful for Macs in a business, school, or home environment where people may want to see what’s on your Mac when you’re not around. iLock locks down apps.
iLock Because iCan
The idea behind iLock is simple. It prevents unauthorized usage of installed apps on your Mac. That makes it easy to setup, easy to use, and adds yet another layer of security. First, simply select which Mac apps you want to protect. Drag and drop works. Open the Finder to Applications, drag those you want to protect onto iLock.
Then, choose a password. iLock locks down apps pretty tight and uses AES encryption, so, without the password, the app can’t be used. iLock then works in the background and uses very little resource so it won’t drain your Mac’s battery.
A few other features make it easier to use, too. There’s hotkey access. Press the right keys and the iLock window opens. It also logs every attempt by someone to use an app on your Mac and can catch perps on camera.
Again, setup couldn’t be much easier. Drag and drop to select the apps you want to lock down. When someone tries to use your Mac and a locked app, a popup window asks for the password. No password, no using the app.
I like the idea behind iLock because it gives a Mac user a bit more granular control over which apps can be used and by whom. This is good for home where you don’t want some family members to use specific apps. Oh, one more thing. The Preferences gives you an option to change the onscreen pointer. Don’t ask why.
iLock doesn’t try to lock down specific files for apps, though. So, if someone has access to your Mac, they also have access to your Mac’s files.
What you get here, and for just a few dollars above my limit for throwaway money, is an app that locks down your apps, and that alone can slow down someone who might want to rummage through your files and need to open an app to check out the files.