Based upon my experience slaving over a hot keyboard for the past 20 years there are three different ways your Mac can be hacked and data stolen. The first is outright thievery. Leave your Mac alone during lunch and when you come back it’s gone. Goodbye files.
The second is hacking in from the outside via the internet or your business network. That’s less common, obviously, but it can happen. Use strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
The third is what I call hacking by convenience. You step away from your Mac and a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or unscrupulous family member sits down and rifles through your Mac’s files doing who knows what. That’s more common than you might think but there’s a simple way to catch those thieves.
Enter PlugSpy, a clever utility with a package of tools that lock your Mac and watch your Mac while you’re away. Click on the icon in the Menubar, select a Action Set setting and you’re good to go. Literally.
How PlugSpy works seems simple enough. The app uses so-called Action Sets which are basic rules, sensors, and activities. The sensors watch the Mac’s MagSafe power adaptor, the Mac’s power, any connected displays, and the login window.
When someone tries to get into your Mac while you’re away PlugSpy sounds an alert, and can take an iSight camera snapshot, post to Twitter (not sure if I like that one), or push a Boxcar or Pushover message to your iPhone. When you step away from your Mac simply select a preset Action Set and your Mac becomes an intruder alert alarm.
The custom rules are easy to setup so you can customize your own protection scheme using simple drop down menus for rules and actions. PlugSpy is nicely done, not too expensive, and just might be the last line of defense between your Mac and a thief. I’d like to see PushBullet added, and having a sensor that uses Bluetooth to detect the proximity of your iPhone would be a huge plus.