This is not an idea I dreamed up so I can’t take credit for how cool it is, but I’ll exercise my God-given right to a little hubris and call it ‘proximity smarts.’ Your iPhone or Mac can trigger specific functions depending on your location and that’s smart.
Here’s an example. In this particular case the app TokenLock locks or unlocks your Mac as you leave or come back to your Mac. Automatically. How cool is that? The way TokenLock works is simple enough. It uses Bluetooth to pair with your iPhone so the Mac knows you’re nearby. When you walk away from your Mac then the connection is broken and the Mac is locked up automatically. When you return, the Mac senses your iPhone, and unlocks itself.
I mention iPhone because I’m somewhat Apple centric, but TokenLock is smart enough to monitor nearly any Bluetooth device, USB device, and even Apple’s much-maligned IR remote. When any of those paired devices come back into range the Mac is unlocked.
TokenLock even keeps a locked and unlocked history that is visible with a click.
Got USB? Of course you do.
TokenLock can be set up to monitor a USB device including a flash drive (or almost anything). Remove the device and the Mac is locked up. There’s also a built-in stealth mode which keeps TokenLock running in the background but without Dock or Menubar icons to alert a thief that’s there’s an extra layer of protection on your Mac.
TokenLock can also be configured to work, or not, on specific Wi-Fi networks. When it locks the Mac it can also allow sleep and the screensaver. Either way, you can have customizable lock screens, backgrounds, and a message.
This is a cool and easy way to lock your Mac automatically based upon the proximity of your paired Bluetooth device or USB device. The price is remarkably low considering how much it does and how easy it is to setup. All those five star reviews are a testament to the value.