There are times when I think of humanity as an endangered species. Everything is out to get us. If it’s not disease or accidents or natural disasters, it’s some other human hellbent on getting into our stuff.
Sure, we can password protect our Macs, but step away from your yard in the cubicle farm and someone could swoop in to snoop through your Mac’s files with ease and abandon. Is nothing sacred? Is nothing safe? Here’s a Mac app that helps give you a bit more security.
My thanks to the ever paranoid Dave Farrington for inspiration to look for more ways to lock down a Mac, including the iLocker app which takes a unique approach to add another layer of privacy and security.
iLocker is simple. It lets you password protect your apps. That means you can lock down Mail, Photos, Safari, or various files and folders from unauthorized access. Look how easy this is:
To enable iLocker protection, just click the On button. Then, drag and drop whichever app or file you want to protect onto iLocker.
That’s about it.
All you need to open a locked app is the password, but for MacBook Pro users with Touch ID, it’s even easier. Just a touch and the previously locked up app is unlocked and ready to use.
Why bother with this extra layer of privacy and security?
People cannot be trusted. At home, your Mac may be available to children who could rummage through your browsing history, photos, email, and other private files. iLocker also comes with a feature called Deep Detective which scans your Mac for other unauthorized access attempts, including ransomeware.
- Securely protect Apps with a password
- Securely monitor personal data such as files and folders
- Allow children access to specific games and applications
- Set a schedule for each app or all apps to allow unblocked usage for specific days and times.
- Pop-Ups regarding security breaches
- Logfile protocol keeps tracking when someone tries to start protected apps.
- Deep Detective protection against known and unknown attack attempts incl. smart ransomware protection
iLocker also tracks failed attempts to gain access to Mac apps and files with a time-date stamp, and it comes with an exit feature that locks protected apps after a period of time away from the keyboard.
I can’t attest to the Ransomeware protection functionality because I keep my Mac rather pristine and locked down and don’t view attachments or engage in phishing, but it’s nice to know there is yet another layer of help.
One issue that bothers me is this– locking down applications means yet another password to remember, and iLocker doesn’t seem to have a way to integrate with 1Password or other password managers which work so well with websites.
Still, in a world where everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia and another layer of privacy and security couldn’t hurt.