You know what the pros say about computer security, right? ‘You can never have enough.‘ Out of the box, OS X brings relative security, with the most frequent breaches occurring from user neglect. Step away from your Mac for a few minutes and it’s an open door for anyone nearby. So, it pays to log out of your Mac when you step away.
Or, add the Padlock app to your Mac. It starts the screen saver with a simple keyboard shortcut and locks down your Mac. Locking happens one of two ways and uses a different global keyboard shortcut.
Or, just click the setting in the Menubar before you step away from your Mac.
The built-in Security Assistant also checks your Mac’s basic security settings and will notify if something needs to be adjusted. It monitors security settings and gives you an alert if they’re altered by anyone except you.
This isn’t an all inclusive security option, though. It’s based more upon convenience for the Mac user, and puts a couple of speed bumps in front of a would-be intruder. And it’s priced accordingly, though there’s no reason why Apple can’t put something similar into OS X.
Padlock doesn’t do anything for remote hackers, but that kind of unauthorized access occurs far less than drive-by intruders (actually, they probably walk by, sit down at your desk while you’re gone).
Similar and free is Lock Me Now which puts a quick screen lock in the Menubar.