Lock My Mac
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Locks access to your Mac, keeps apps running in background.   Free
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Lock My Mac... This simple application will lock OS X while keeping your programs running in the background. Enter your password as you would at login to resume your session.

Using this program in conjunction with Spotlight or Quicksilver will enable you to quickly lock your mac.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5.2



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Romka reviewed on 22 Feb 2013
After lock it disables my desktop wallpaper!
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Fking reviewed on 29 Sep 2011
simple, works great (on Lion).
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RJphotovideo commented on 08 Dec 2008
Why? For maximum security settings on your computer, assuming you did create and set a password, do the following.

Go to System Preferences>Security. Check the boxes for Require Password To Wake This Computer From Sleep or Screen Saver; Disable Automatic Login; and Require Password to Unlock Each Secure System Preference. You may have to click on the Lock and enter your Password to enter your choices.

Then, while still in System Preferences, go to Accounts, and click on Login Options. Make sure that Automatically Log In As is not checked, and for Display Login Window As you will check Name and Password. Again, you may have to click on the Lock and enter your Password to enter your choices. If you did not create and set a Password, while in Accounts, click on Your Account in List, then click on Password tab>Change Password. If you did not ever enter a Password, this was left blank. Now you can enter a Password or change your Password here.

Now open up Keychain Access (Applications>Utilities), and open its preferences. Check the box for Show Status in Menu Bar. Now when you need to secure your computer, click on the Lock Icon in your Menu Bar, the first choice is Lock Screen. Selecting this will Lock your screen and start screen saver. To get back in, click mouse or any key, like Space Bar, computer will ask for your Name and or Password.
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Rokcet Scientist commented on 03 Mar 2008
I think 'Lock My Mac' (http://www.freemacware.com/lock-my-mac) is excellent, simple, and convenient.

Thanks, developer(s).

I hope the next version allows us users to preset a screenshot or screensaver, whereby one tap on the space bar conjures up a LogIn window waiting 60 seconds for the LogIn password or fade again - while recording a QuickTime movie of the person trying to LogIn . . .
Those little QuickTime movies to be automatically destroyed after 2x 24 hours, in accordance with the laws on privacy. So no harm done if no attempts are made.

Now THAT would make for a killer app! Security like a bank!
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coolfactor commented on 27 Feb 2008
Two 3rd-party applications that use the Apple-designed FileVault icon. Good way confuse end users.
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wizzard1 commented on 27 Feb 2008
I use Utility Lock and this looks like an exact copy of this, even down to the icon.

As well you can not get to developer web site as there are no active links to it.

Stick with Utility Lock and if you use it before of overwritting it with Lock My Mac
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semaja2.net commented on 27 Feb 2008
I develop Utility Lock and was wondering what makes your product unique compared to Utility Lock and what it offers more/less/instead etc?

PS. not trying to take any business just curious what your view is
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(developer) replied on 27 Feb 2008
My motivation for creating the application was that OS X does not have a feature to lock the OS like Windows (Windows Key + L) or Linux have. As such, I wanted to create the most focused, down the point application: that is, one that just locks OS X when launched and that's it.

I know of a number of other mac users that expressed the same concern, and so I decided to figure out a solution, and it turned out to be Lock My Mac. I spent some time browsing the web to find an app, but none were tailored to do exactly what I wanted: search for "lock" in spotlight/quicksilver, press enter, and have OS X instantly locked so I could walk away from my computer.

As far as the icon, I don't have a huge amount of time since I'm in college to develop a graphic (or the time to develop the skill...yes, that would be more appropriate), so I looked into what was already available that symbolized a lock. I found that the File Vault icon was perfect for this, so I decided to use this.

By the way, I checked out your (semaja2.net's) site and got a kick out of, "there's no place like 127.0.0.1."

Hope this detailed response has satisfied anybody's question as to why this application exists.
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@timi commented on 26 Feb 2008
Meh, this really isn't necessary.
It basically does what you could do if you pull down to "Login Window" on your userswitching menu.
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Roro01 replied on 26 Feb 2008
I totally agree. In addition, if you don't want to have userswitching in the menu bar - download SuspendSession.
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Alan replied on 26 Feb 2008
no need to download anything; simply enable password-protected screensaver

voilà
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Macmath17 commented on 26 Feb 2008
Or, open Keychain Access.app, open its Preferences, and select the 'Show Status in Menu Bar'. This will put an icon (looks like a lock) in the Menu Bar which will allow you to lock your screen when you leave your computer. You can also lock your KeyChain from there.
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dhufford replied on 27 Feb 2008
This can be useful however. If you use Spotlight in Leopard, you can just use keyboard shortcuts to open Spotlight, type in lock, and hit enter, and that, to me, could potentially be much quicker than using the mouse to go up to the Fast User Switching icon. If you don't use fast user switching, these seems still faster than using the Keychain Access equivalent.

We might be talking in milliseconds, but I know that most of the time my hands are on the keyboard, so anything that I can do to use shortcuts is faster to me.

Waiting until the screen saver comes on isn't really effective either. If you want to lock your computer immediately from surrounding people (like in a residence hall in college) you don't want to wait 5 minutes or whatever for your screen saver to come on.


Just some thoughts...
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Alan replied on 27 Feb 2008
macmath17, i like your tip. cheers

dhufford, i use spotlight all the time; as for me, it's an irreplaceable tool. spotlight + exposé = even better and faster; simply activate one of your screen corners for starting a screensaver and voilà!
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Ngonzal rated on 28 Jun 2011

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Version Downloads:18,101
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:26 Feb 2008
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Lock My Mac... This simple application will lock OS X while keeping your programs running in the background. Enter your password as you would at login to resume your session.

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