Much of my day-to-day work on the Mac is handled at home on a wide screen iMac. I worry less about security at home than I do with my trusty MacBook which carries most of the same files and apps. The MacBook gets locked down tighter than a drum. Since most of us sit in front of our Mac screens while working I’m disappointed that Apple doesn’t have some sort of motion detector, retina scanner, or other visual or biometric security built in already.
Until Apple figures out a better way to lock up a Mac, there’s clever apps like TokenLock which can lock and unlock your Mac automatically.
The number of locking options is extensive and far different than merely requiring a user ID and password upon login, or by requiring a password to get past the screensaver.
TokenLock’s security functions are both proximity and action based. For example, remove a USB device from your Mac, and it locks. Disconnect a connected Bluetooth device, and it locks. Got an iPhone with Bluetooth? Walk away and TokenLock locks your Mac.
TokenLock resides in the Mac’s Menubar so options and a quick lock are a click away.
That means you can lock up your Mac with a hotkey, or select Lock from the Menubar, or simply by clicking the TokenLock icon in the Dock. Or, lock it up with the Apple IR Remote. All those options, including the automatic lockups, make it easier to lock up a Mac.
Conversely, you can unlock the Mac by plugging in a USB device, or when your Bluetooth smartphone gets closer to the Mac, or you engage a ‘safe’ Wi-Fi network. TokenLock is smart, too. It knows the difference between removing a USB device and severing the connection, vs. when the Mac goes to sleep and loses the USB connection.
The feature I like the best is to pair my iPhone with the Mac. When I walk away, the Bluetooth signal walks away, too, and TokenLock automatically locks down my Mac. And, upon return, it unlocks my Mac as I get near.
For geekier Mac users TokenLock has a few other nifty features, including options to run an app, send a message, as well as an adjustable number of connection attempts, or adjustable time-outs for Bluetooth connections. Considering that TokenLock’s price tag is absolutely positively nominal (even within my threshold for throwaway money without a trial version, yet there is a trial version).