Outside? Sure. Chinese and Russian hackers and government spooks to start. Every Mac connected to the internet is under siege from someone or some server somewhere. Inside? Yep. A Mac at home has family, friends, and neighbors who might find a few minutes of using your Mac a worthwhile endeavor while you step into the kitchen or head to the bathroom.
At work it’s even worse as co-workers and passersby may drop by to take a look at what they can find while you’re in a meeting or out to lunch. Paranoid much? Listen, in a world where everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia might be a good attitude to have.
AppLocker is the Mac app you never heard of but could massage your paranoia into submission by doing something Apple could do to Mac apps but chooses not to. Lock up apps app by app. Someone could easily check your email or text messages while you’re away but with AppLocker installed getting Mail to open is a major challenge.
Here’s what they get.
Mail is locked. That means a password– ostensibly one known only by you– is required to unlock Mail to take a peak or use the app.
AppLocker couldn’t be much easier to use, either, considering the layer of security it adds to your Mac. Install the app. Open the app. Add a password. Select which apps you want to lock.
That means a password is a requirement just to use a selected application on your Mac. Mail is a perfect example, but locking Safari means no one can rummage through your browsing history or check your passwords. Locking the App Store app means no one can access your account or download apps.
There’s even an option to lock the Mac’s administrator applications. No password. No app. If your Mac is in an open environment– home, office, school– then AppLocker gives you one more layer of protection from sneaky passersby who don’t have your best interests at heart, but do want to know what you’re up to while you’re away from your Mac.
As always, make sure you remember your password. It’s also a good idea to invoke the password requirement on the lock screen after a few minutes of being away from your Mac.