We are moving quickly into the 21st century and in the age of Big Brother a little paranoia might be the order of the day. If it’s not Google or the government tracking your every online move, are the fears that your bank account and credits cards could be hacked. Someone could even hack your Mac and steal sensitive and private information.
If your Mac is shared by others there are two ways to handle a first layer of security. First, give every user their own user account. That solution is free, and provides a measure of protection for your files. It’s not easy for a non-administrator user to get into another user’s account.
Or, second, try a solution such as Mac App Blocker, which simply password protects every app on your Mac. That gives you more granular control over which apps can be used on your Mac and by whom.
At the simple level all you’re doing is assigning a password to each app. If anyone tries to use a blocked app on your, Mac and they don’t have the password, they can’t use the app.
Bring up the list of blocked apps, add an app to the list, set the inactivity time (the time of inactivity before the app automatically locks), and set a password.
Mac App Blocker records the number of failed attempts to use an app, and the last failed attempt time. It works on all Mac apps, including Terminal, Activity Monitor, even System Preferences.
To open a blocked app, simply select the Blocked Apps list from the Mac’s Menubar. If you enter the wrong password for an app, the Menubar icon turns red, indicating a failed attempt to use an app (and it records the attempt in the log).
What’s missing, of course, are a few bells and whistles to justify the price tag. For example, where’s the iSight camera capture (so you get a timely photo of who’s trying to open an app) Mac App Blocker may not stop users with plenty of experience in OS X, but it’s great for putting up a road block on the casual use of your Mac while you’re away.