RedHand
RedHand 1.9.3
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Smart and flexible locking solution for your Mac.   Shareware ($5.00)
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RedHand locks your computer. Manually via global hot key, menu bar or dock. Automatically after a period of inactivity (much like a screensaver), depending on the presence of a Bluetooth device, or whenever your computer goes to sleep.

Whenever someone tries to gain access to your computer, RedHand takes a photo and informs you about it.

You don't have to think about locking your computer. You don't even have to remember your password. Use your phone as the key! Just tell RedHand to look for a specific Bluetooth device. If you leave the room your computer
What's New
Version 1.9.3:
  • Bug fix: Some preferences options could not be modified (introduced in 1.9.2)
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • iSight or other video capturing device (optional)



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RedHand User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
(32)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
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+4

Benbehr reviewed on 08 Dec 2012
On occasion I have been able to bypass the lockout simply with cmd + q. So in short the software is not doing what it is supposed to do. Hence only one star.
[Version 1.9]


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cssaleh reviewed on 21 Jun 2012
It would be great if it could be integrated with either the OS password or in case of business laptops with the LDAP password. But not necessary, just nice to have.
[Version 1.9]


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Macstyler reviewed on 15 Jun 2012
Got this free with the MacUpdate bundle. I have had two issues with this and both were responded to within 24 hours (the first on a holiday weekend). It took some fiddling with the options to get it to work the way I wanted but it works so well for me that I don't even bother to close my '09 MacBook when I leave the room. One of my issues was a personal preference concerning the graphic that comes up when you type in your password wrong. Since my laptop is used at times in a church setting, I suggested an alternative and the developer used my suggestion (the peace symbol…which, I understand will be an option in the forthcoming v1.9). Since I make mistakes when typing when I can't see what I'm typing. I had little trouble setting up my bluetooth until I realized that I had to leave it in 'discoverable' mode all the time--which I found by pure accident. This program is a pure gem for me, thank you Roddy! Looking forward to v1.9 coming out.
[Version 1.8.1]

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Soma-Zone replied on 16 Jun 2012
Macstyler, thank you for giving us the opportunity to fix the issues you had with our product!
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dpkonofa reviewed on 06 Jun 2012
Just got this app specifically for the Bluetooth locking and, unfortunately, it doesn't work at all... When I check the box to select a Bluetooth device, it keeps scanning and never gives me a list of devices to select from, even though it's displaying the one I want to use as the first item (greyed out and scanning constantly). Since I can never select the device and can't hit OK for the device it *has* found nor cancel scanning for other devices, it's useless. Also, it seems like there *has* to be a delay before it locks of at least 30 seconds. This isn't horrible, but I'd rather have the option to lock immediately upon Bluetooth disconnect. Until I can actually connect, though, I can't check how much that would annoy me.

Seems like a cool app, but it needs quite a bit more polish...
[Version 1.8.1]

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Soma-Zone replied on 06 Jun 2012
Hi dpkonofa,

We happily assist our customers, we just have to know there is a problem.

If you want this issue resolved, please file a ticket at http://support.soma-zone.com. It is likely something simple, maybe the phone is not in 'discoverable' mode when RH scans...
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Jmjdave replied on 08 Jun 2012
dpkonofa,
I too have the same issue. I contacted Soma-Zone and they said it's because iPhones need to be specifically put into Bluetooth discovery mode (i.e. Settings/General/Bluetooth). As this is more work than just typing in the password, it isn't usable for me yet. I think this will be an AWESOME App once the developer gets it working for iPhones even when not in discovery mode, which they assure me they are working on. Until that feature is added however, I won't use this app. I hope they realize this should be their number one priority as I would guess that a majority of Mac users are also iPhone users! :-)
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dpkonofa replied on 08 Jun 2012
This wasn't my issue with it, though. My issue was that I couldn't even get RedHand to choose my iPhone as the device. The iPhone shows up in the list of devices to choose from but it's greyed out and RedHand shows "searching..." forever. I waited about 20 minutes before I just cancelled it. It should not take 20 minutes to find Bluetooth devices. There should be a "Stop" button or something that shows the currently found devices in the event that the one you want is already shown. Apple does this in their Bluetooth search, why does RedHand do it differently?
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Jmjdave replied on 08 Jun 2012
dpkonofa,
Did you try going to Settings>General>Bluetooth to put your iPhone into Discovery mode and then trying to find it in RedHand? That worked for me, but I can't imagine having to do that everything I come back to my computer. Once they get this fixed though, it will be a must have app!
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+8

Kripton reviewed on 06 Jun 2012
Very cool! It has a lot of interesting customizable settings.
Suggested useful app.
[Version 1.8.1]


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Kalashnikov reviewed on 14 Dec 2011
Great Software! The best of the best!!
Will pay for it with the great pleasure!
There is only one thing I would recommend to add. It should show the language you use when you enter the password. Got confused last night when I switched the language and locked the screen...
And one more thing. Have no idea why but it freezes the OS when I open the browser full screen. Using Mac OS Lion.
[Version 1.7]

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Soma-Zone replied on 12 Jan 2012
Hi Kalashnikov! Thanks for your glowing review. I put the locale info on the todo list. If you have the time, please file a ticket at http://support.soma-zone.com. I'd like to fix the bug you described. A five-star product should not crash. Ever. :)
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+29
Djcz commented on 03 Nov 2010
Would be nice instead of calling up a lock screen, to have it lock the screen but energize the screen saver. I would much rather see that, than a static lock or blanked screen.
[Version 1.6.2]

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Soma-Zone replied on 30 Nov 2011
Hi Djcz, you may want to check out the "Dim screen" configuration option in the "Locked screen behaviour" section. From the popup you can select "Put display to sleep" instead of "Black screen, display lock symbol". I hope this helps.
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+2

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Fariborz reviewed on 10 Nov 2009
This is really a nifty utility that can be accessed either by menu selection or via a hot key to hide your screen from curious eyes. Black and white colors fade in and out in a very smooth and elegant way. The price is right and its author has full trust in his customers i.e. no serial number or software key is needed. I gladly paid for it after a few minutes of testing its features. Highly recommended! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
[Version 1.3]


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robotank commented on 13 Jun 2009
Nice little utility. Takes pictures on lock and unlock of the screen, and allows you to set a time for it to refuse further input after failed password attempts. It can be activated by a global keyboard short cut, allowing for very quick locking. One thing worth noting is that it doesn't use the OS X screen lock (what you'd get if you set your computer to require a password to wake from screen saver), so it requires its own password to be set. Anyway, I prefer it to locking my screen the old fashioned way, and I didn't much mind paying the $2.40 (Canadian) for it.
[Version 1.1]


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dids456 had trouble on 29 Jan 2014
Please help...Redhand was installed on my MBP by a friend who gave me the passoword, yet not instructions on how to login and turn it off. I have tried the password on the lockscreen and nothing. I need to access my computer and he is MIA...
[Version 1.9.3]


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Porkepix had trouble on 10 Oct 2012
Hi, just to say to the developper, if by luck he read it :

Version 1.9.1 on MacBook Pro with graphic switch force to use dedicated graphic card while version 1.9.0 did not. Why ? It's strange and sad when used on battery.

Mac OS X 10.7.4 on 15" MBP late 2011 (ATI 6750 & Intel HD3000)
[Version 1.9]

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Porkepix replied on 10 Oct 2012
My bad, on 1.9 it's not enable at start but when we lock screen it enable dedicated card and not disable it after.

Why using it ?
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Soma-Zone replied on 12 Oct 2012
Porkepix, I've used gfxCardStatus 2.3 to verify this issue. On my setup (MBP w/ Intel HD 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6770M, OSX 10.8.2) the discrete graphics card is only used as long as the screen is locked. I'll see what I can do.
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Porkepix replied on 01 Mar 2013
No news about the usage of the discrete graphics ?
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wrboyce had trouble on 09 Jun 2012
Doesn't seem to be compatible with FileVault?
[Version 1.8.1]


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Geopick had trouble on 10 Oct 2010
I do not recommend using this software until I hear back from the developer. Even though I removed the preference panel and restarted my computer, there is a faint image of the lock icon that stays on my iMac LCD, even over Finder windows. I hope it is not a burned-in image. Will report if I hear of a solution.
[Version 1.6.1]

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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 11 Oct 2010
Hi! We usually answer questions of our customers pretty fast. In your case it took 38 minutes. Just in case you missed our reply: RH provides three modes for locking your screen: black screen + grey lock symbol, black screen and display sleep. While I have yet to experience 'burn in' on an LCD it might or might not be a good idea to display a static image over a prolonged (two days, in your case) period of time. That's why we provide the options mentioned above. Just choose the one that works for you.
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Geopick replied on 13 Oct 2010
Yes, your reply was quick and spot on. Thanks!
I know that LCD screens don't technically "burn-in", but there was a vestigial image of the lock icon on my iMac until I shut the machine down for three days. When I restarted, that image had disappeared. Reminds me of the Shroud of Turin.

Nonetheless, this seems to be a really well written application. It's especially valuable if you have, for example, an iPhone because you can mate the device with RedHand and have your computer unlocked on proximity. I presently use AirLock for this purpose, but it doesn't have many of the other security features.

By the way, have your screen fade to black, just to be sure.
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Jrmendia had trouble on 01 Oct 2010
Really good application, but went I setup to lock it with my iphone via bluetooth it keeps locking the mac intermitently even with the iphone next to the mac. Maybe the iphone locks and goes standbye, and thats a problem.
[Version 1.6.1]

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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 01 Oct 2010
Thanks for evaluating RedHand!

Currently your phone needs to be 'discoverable' for Bluetooth locking/unlocking to work. We are working on this issue.

Code4delta rated on 26 Mar 2013

[Version 1.9.3]



Kabewm666 rated on 01 Dec 2012

[Version 1.9]



yearwood rated on 15 Sep 2012

[Version 1.9]



Megas rated on 13 Aug 2012

[Version 1.9]



nyonyo26 rated on 09 Aug 2012

[Version 1.9]



soereng rated on 04 Jul 2012

[Version 1.9]



BitCrusher rated on 25 Jun 2012

[Version 1.9]



+2

Bruss147 rated on 22 Jun 2012

[Version 1.9]



Greatpix rated on 19 Jun 2012

[Version 1.9]



Stuka rated on 19 Jun 2012

[Version 1.9]


Downloads:11,170
Version Downloads:1,108
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Shareware
Date:11 Mar 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $5.00
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RedHand locks your computer. Manually via global hot key, menu bar or dock. Automatically after a period of inactivity (much like a screensaver), depending on the presence of a Bluetooth device, or whenever your computer goes to sleep.

Whenever someone tries to gain access to your computer, RedHand takes a photo and informs you about it.

You don't have to think about locking your computer. You don't even have to remember your password. Use your phone as the key! Just tell RedHand to look for a specific Bluetooth device. If you leave the room your computer will be locked. As soon as you are back you'll find it unlocked. Unlocking via password still works-just in case your mobile ran out of juice.

With its ability to execute scripts (AppleScript or anything you could launch via command line) RedHand lets you perform any action you want: send an email or play an audio file when an invalid password was entered. Perform maintenance tasks when the computer was locked. Its up to you. The scripts can access the photo taken.


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