Combine your Mac and iPhone to bring the ultimate in security set-ups
Free Developer Saaspass, saaspass.com
OS OS X 10.9 or later Requires Smartphone with camera With good security comes inconvenience. The number of accounts that need complex passwords has grown so large over the years that logging in is a pain to almost every user.
Saaspass aims to streamline your passwords by combining your phone and Mac. You can log in to your Mac using an on-screen barcode by scanning it with the camera on your phone, or use the Bluetooth proximity setting so you can log on to your Mac without typing a thing. The app can also generate super-safe one-off passwords for other sites.
The process is easy to set up, but you need to follow the instructions carefully to get it working as expected. When you scan the barcode on your Mac’s login screen and it just works, it’s (for the first few times, at least) quite thrilling.
With Mac logins sorted there are a other sites Saaspass can help you keep secure. The only caveat to this is you’re reliant on Saaspass supporting that site. This is fine for when big names like Facebook, Google and Wordpress are concerned, but there are omissions, such as iCloud, for example.
Saaspass is aimed at corporate users looking for high-end security, but for the everyday user there are benefits too. It’s hard to rate this app given how much security needs differ, but the execution impresses and it’s a tool you should look at if you value security. Christopher Brennan
The Saaspass system works well where supported and the barcode login system also works well.
Log in to your Mac by scanning the 3D barcode. It’s surprisingly addictive.