What is it they say about security? Only the paranoid survive. If what’s on your Mac is valuable and you’d rather not share it with people you don’t know, locking it down is a good thing to do.
Red Hand is a Mac app of a different color that locks your computer down tight. When someone tries to use your Mac, Red Hand snaps a photo and tells you.
The basic ways to invoke the Red Hand locking system apply. Menubar, Dock, or a global hot key all start the Red Hand security process. Even inactivity will lock your Mac.
What sets Red Hand apart is a feature akin to proximity sensors which unlock many new cars as you near the car. You never have to take your keys out. Simply open the door, and push the Start button.
Your car knows who you are by the wireless proximity sensor.
Red Hand works in a similar way. If you have and iPhone and Bluetooth, Red Hand will unlock your Mac when you get nearby (it senses your iPhone as the correct device).
While that sounds simple enough, Red Hand has plenty of preferences to bring out the geek in you.
You can set the options for password, start on login, display of Dock icon (out of sight, out of mind), and then set the locked screen’s behavior, which include dim screen time, input timeout, and penalty time (for those who try to use your Mac).
Red Had has settings for screen locking and logs every time someone attempts to use your Mac, including time, date, and photo (if your Mac has an iSight or FaceTime camera).
There’s more to the app than simple security. Geekier Mac users will appreciate the option to execute scripts (any command line script), and run other actions (email, play audio file, etc.).
It’s a handy, inexpensive way to add a little extra security and a lot more pizazz to your Mac.