How many ways can you lock down your Mac to keep contents and apps from the prying eyes of co-workers, neighbors, family members, hackers, and government spooks? It’s a long list of items, and, yes, they all require a password.
You can set your Mac to require a password when it starts up, when it goes into sleep mode or when the screensaver launches, but everything to help protect your Mac requires a password. Such protection comes in layers and here’s one that works well but doesn’t get used often.
Protect The Apps
If someone has access to your Mac, even momentarily, they can find and steal files, run applications to see what you’ve been up to– incriminating email with Mail, incriminating browser history with Safari, and incriminating photos in Photos come to mind. Or, text messages in Messages.
Maybe what you need is another password. In this case, a password that protects specific applications on your Mac. That’s what Lock Pro does. It password protects apps on the Mac. How it works and what it does is very cool.
- Uses AES encryption; a password protected app cannot be launched without the password
- Locks up apps as a background process and does not use the CPU while idle
- Captures who tried to launch password protected apps with failed attempts– on camera
- Logs time-stamp when anyone tries to open a protected app
How cool is this?
Lock Pro comes with a nominal price tag and depending upon how paranoid you are about privacy and security it’s relative chump changes (after all, if everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have). There is a free version called Lock which has most of the same features but limits the number of applications which can be locked.
My day job has me working as a system administrator at a school with many, many hundreds of Macs, PCs, iPads, and Chromebooks, so you know there are plenty of paranoid staff and faculty who always want an extra layer of protection. Lock Pro helps.