Guardian An­gel

Use an iPhone to lock your Mac

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We all look for con­ve­nient ways to keep our Macs se­cure when we're away from them, and this app uses your iPhone as a tool to lock and un­lock a Mac. It's much like the Atama Sesame 2 wire­less prox­im­ity lock we've al­ready looked at in this is­sue (page 94), just with­out the ex­tra piece of hard­ware to keep in your pocket. For any­one with an iPhone and a Mac, Guardian An­gel seems like the bet­ter so­lu­tion. Plus, it's way cheaper.

When run­ning Guardian An­gel for the first time you can choose the lock range (much like Sesame), but the range map is a bit hit and miss, with your Blue­tooth de­vice (iPhone) jumping around strug­gling to be pin­pointed. For­got your phone? Well, your master pass­word will get around that prob­lem. The op­tions to tweak are plen­ti­ful, but also a lit­tle overblown for some­thing that's sup­posed to be mostly free of ad­min. Still, it works with­out any hic­cups and is a very in­ex­pen­sive prox­im­ity so­lu­tion. Christian Hall

A use­ful app, us­ing your ex­ist­ing de­vices, but a few nig­gles pre­vent it from be­ing the best so­lu­tion.

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