Re­mote se­cu­rity

Mac Format - - PROTECT YOUR MAC -

If you work in an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment, you may need to lock your Mac when­ever you leave your workspace for se­cu­rity rea­sons. The sim­plest so­lu­tion that re­quires no ef­fort on your part is to in­vest in a Sesame 2 Prox­im­ity Lock (£40, atama.io). This lit­tle gad­get can sit in your pocket or on a key fob, and when you walk away from your desk your Mac will lock au­to­mat­i­cally. When you re­turn, your Mac un­locks, ready for you to re­sume where you left off.

You can also use your iPhone to both man­u­ally lock and un­lock your Mac us­ing Knock (knock­toun­lock.com). You need to re­mem­ber to lock your Mac be­fore leav­ing your desk – you can do this from the iPhone app as well as your Mac it­self – but un­lock­ing your Mac sim­ply in­volves mov­ing within range, wait­ing for a green cir­cle to ap­pear around your user im­age and dou­ble­tap­ping on your iPhone screen to un­lock – all with­out your pass­word. It’s not as el­e­gant as Sesame, but it’s a lot cheaper: the Mac app is free, the iOS app will set you back just £2.99.

It’s also pos­si­ble to re­motely lock your iPhone or iPad should you lose it with­out hav­ing al­ready set up a pass­code – see over the page for de­tails on us­ing Ap­ple’s Find My iPhone fea­ture.

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