Once my hands held a shiny new iPhone it didn’t take long to realize the need for security and a lock screen; either numeric or alphanumeric. After all, there’s plenty of valuable information stored on an iPhone, and if the phone is lost or stolen life could become pretty complicated.
So it is for Mac users. Most Macs sold these days are MacBook models, and notebooks tend to get lost or stolen more frequently than desktop models such as the iMac or Mac Pro.
How do you lock your Mac? One way is to require a login ID and password upon startup. For most of us that’s more bothersome than it should be. Why doesn’t the Mac startup with voice and facial recognition by default?
Adding an extra layer of security is easy, and one of the more useful apps is called Lock Your Screen. You know from the name what it does already, but there’s more to it.
Lock Your Screen can be personalized so the screen contains useful information– wallpaper, message posting, weather conditions, clocks, battery meter, photo slideshow, iTunes information, email alerts.
That lengthy list of useful items is merely eye candy. Lock Your Screen goes the extra mile to justify the $1.99 price tag. Images of unauthorized users can be captured by the Mac’s iSight camera.
Lock Your Screen has five ways to lock your Mac. Password lock. Key lock. Magic lock. Dot Match lock. And, Free lock. The one of interest is Dot Match lock, which requires you to match dots in a specific pattern to gain entry.
These unlock methods are useful to deter the casual Mac snooper, but a die hard Mac user with geek credentials can easily bypass most of the eye candy security options.
What we need is a new way to access the Mac. Fingerprint. Retina scan. Voice or facial recognition. Or, even better, multiple layers of security options including personal question and answer. You’ll feel a little more secure with Lock Your Screen on your Mac, but if the Mac is stolen it’s not much security at all.