Every week seems to bring news of another computer with credit cards and email addresses that’s been hacked. Is it a wonder we’ve become a society of paranoids? If everyone is out to get what belongs to you, then who can you trust?
So far, Apple has done a decent job protecting customers, but most security experts agree that the typical PC user is the weakest link in a security strategy. Take your Mac, for example. It sits on a desk at the office or at home or travels with you in a briefcase or backpack. When you step away or get distracted, the Mac becomes fair game for anyone who recognizes the opportunity to steal from you (or, just cause mischief).
One way to protect your Mac– beyond the standard password and login ID just to use the Mac– is an app like iLock. This one is a bit different than most. Instead of prohibiting access to the Mac, it prohibits access to apps on the Mac. It locks specific apps with password protection.
How it works is rather simple. List your apps on the app by drag and drop. Choose a password. Done.
iLock works by hiding in the background so it’s not easily disabled. A thief or hacker or co-worker or family member who tries to use a locked app won’t be able to without the password.
The app logs and tracks and timestamps when someone tries to use an unauthorized app. The locking is handled by AES encryption so the iLock app itself can’t be accessed without the password. And, a keyboard combo displays the iLock window for you.
That’s about it. iLock seems very well suited to a home and office environment where someone can gain access to your Mac while you’re away. With iLock working, the apps they want to use are locked down tight, creating another level of security.