Lock Desktop for Mac Review

*****DISCLAIMER: PLEASE NOTE THAT I WAS CONTACTED BY THE DEVELOPER AND GIVEN A FREE COPY OF THE APPLICATION TO REVIEW. THIS HAS NO EFFECT ON MY REVIEW OR OPINION****

Lock desktop is a simple to use program on the Mac App Store to quickly lock your password to prevent unauthorized access to your computer. This is good if you are about to walk away from your computer, even for a few seconds and be sure your computer is safe and your data is safe.  Once you buy the 99 cent app, you just click the app icon in the dock or in  the Applications folder and your computer will go to the login screen. It is just that simple. There is no options or preferences just click and lock.  This is good for the sake of simplicity since it is a single-use application, but it also limits the users’ control. The application does exactly what it says it does and it is worth the 99 cents to make sure your computer is safe from unwanted users. The only thing I wish the application had was a keyboard shortcut so that, instead of having to click a icon for the app,  you could just use a hotkey and lock your screen, like the Windows-L shortcut on Windows. This is one thing I wish Mac OS had built-in.

This is of course,  all  dependent on you using a strong password, it will take you to the login screen whether you have a password or not, but,  anyone could just click on your username and get in if you-don’t have a password. Also remember that you need to use a strong password meaning no easily guessed names, birthdays, etc. Strong passwords use capital letters, lower case letters and numbers.

Lock Desktop is a great application as long as you don’t mind clicking an icon. It does what needs to be done in order to protect your computer as long as you use a strong password. This is especially important if you are in a public place, live in a dorm or just don’t trust someone around you and will keep all your information safe.

One comment

  1. Reed says:

    I can’t believe mac doesn’t have this. I guess it does if you count putting it to sleep then requiring a password at wakeup.

    If your rendering a video that’s gonna take 1/2 hour and you wish to walk away from your desk and KEEP the video rendering you can’t on stock os x.

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