Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
2.0.1

2.9

Guardian Angel free download for Mac

Guardian Angel

2.0.1
09 September 2016

Locks your Mac when you leave and unlocks upon return.

Overview

Guardian Angel watches over your computer when you can't, connecting to your phone via low-energy Bluetooth and locking your Mac whenever you leave, whether you're gone for a few seconds or a few hours, and automatically unlocking it when you return.

Not Too Close For Comfort: When you run Guardian Angel for the first time, you can choose how far you want to be from your Mac before it locks, so whether you are at home or in the office, you can tweak the range to your liking. No Phone? No Problem: Before Guardian Angel gets to work, you'll be prompted to set a password to be used as a backup. That way, if you lose your phone, or it goes out of range, you can still get back into your Mac the old fashioned way.

Key Features
  • Alter the range at which Guardian Angel locks your Mac
  • Use Apple's screensaver as your lock screen
  • Built-in actions to pause your iTunes and set your IM status to away when your Mac locks
  • Add custom actions that take place when your Mac locks or unlocks.
  • Support for multiple monitors

What's new in Guardian Angel

Version 2.0.1:
Improvements
  • Added a new setting in the experimental pane that can be used to improve the reliability of connections for non LE bluetooth devices.
Bug Fixes
  • Addressed issue with media pausing.
  • Potential fix for the phantom closing issue on first launch.
  • Fix for graphics switching issue.

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4 Guardian Angel Reviews

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Twizard
22 April 2013

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Program locked computer when I left but would not unlock it on my return. No guide with program so had to learn how to use it by trial and error. May be the cause of it not working for me.
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Version 1.0b11
anonymous-parrot-4391
28 October 2014
OK, I have never before had to explicitly warn anyone about an application, but this is it. I downloaded Guardian Angel and launched it. It searches for a device. Finds none (my iphone is 20 cm away with Bluetooth on). Try again. No luck. I then click the General button to have a look at the settings. and the screen is suddenly locked. It asks for a password I never had the oppourtunity to set. Force reboot, and goodbye Guardian Angel.
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Version 1.1
1 answer(s)
alex-24
alex-24
03 December 2014
Hi Michno,

I'm really sorry to hear that you're having trouble with Guardian Angel, we're struggling to replicate the problem that you've been having. Please could you send some more information about the problem and your system to support@ingeniousbytes.com so that we can get to the bottom of this and fix it for you?

Thanks,
John
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djcz
28 May 2013
This post is being moved from the review section and continued here... Alex, This is what I am seeing, when viewing the Console... 2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Starting proximity with a timer of value 1.000000 2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Proximity set to yes 2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Timer activated, 1 2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: Calling in background thread 2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: About to test connection with phone 2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: Trying to connect to the device 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 0 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Rssi value is: 50 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Checking to see if connection needs to be closed 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Conection has successfully been closed 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Checking 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Finished Checking 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Starting proximity with a timer of value 1.000000 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Proximity set to yes 2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Timer activated, 1 2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: Calling in background thread 2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: About to test connection with phone 2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: Trying to connect to the device 2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 4 2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Rssi value is: 127 2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Checking to see if connection needs to be closed 2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Checking 2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Finished Checking The first half of that segment, with the RSSI value of 50, was when Bluetooth was on. The second half, with the RSSI value of 127 started when I turned off the phones Bluetooth. But it just keeps repeating the same segments over and over, and never locks the Mac. Also, if I manually lock the Mac from GA and turn on the phones Bluetooth, it will not unlock the Mac.
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Version 1.0b17.1
5 answer(s)
Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
28 May 2013
Sorry to keep asking things of you but what does the contents of the settings file look like located at ~/Library/Group Containers/2X2MJ9BKC5.com.ingeniousbytes.Guardian-Angel/com.ingeniousbytes.Guardian-Angel-Preferences.plist And does restoring to defaults fix the problem? Thanks Alex
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djcz
djcz
29 May 2013
The "Restore Defaults" option seemed to work. It is now locking and unlocking the screen, as it should. Here is the contents of the settings file, before I restored defaults... AllowUnlockApple ControliChat ControliTunes CurrentWallpaperOn CustomWallpaper DeviceAddress e8-8d-28-c8-be-1e DeviceName POD X DoubleCheck 1 ItemsOpenOnLock ItemsOpenOnUnlock LockScreenOnSleep LockUsingScreenSaver LogToConsole ManualLoginOn MoveToApplications PreferencesShouldLoad ProximityOn Range 40 RunInBackground StartAtLogin StatusBarItemOn Time 1 UnlockAppleLockScreenOnWake UseGuardianAngelsLockScreen
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
29 May 2013
Ah so it was a corrupt preferences file that was causing the damage, we will look into perfecting the way we store the preferences for the next build. Are the true and false values meant to be missing or is that a copy and paste error? Thank you so much for helping us find the cause of this bug. Alex
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djcz
djcz
29 May 2013
Sorry about that, but I copied from Textedit and pasted into the reply window. Everything looked fine, until I hit submit. MacUpdate was nice enough to strip out all that extra "fluff" for me... thanks MU. Anyway, I sent an email to the main support@ address and put it to your attention. The email contains the full contents of the settings file, before defaults were restored.
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
30 May 2013
Email received. Alex
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djcz
28 May 2013
Nice try, but it just doesn't work. It paired fine with my iPhone 5, but refuses to lock my MacBook Air when the phone is out of range or if the phone's Bluetooth is turned off.
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Version 1.0b17.1
4 answer(s)
Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
28 May 2013
If you could provide us with some more information about your problem, for example in the preferences does the phone actively move around in the proximity lock tab (this would show that the device is actually communicating with GA). Also as a side note GA won't lock if the preferences are open. Alex
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djcz
djcz
28 May 2013
Hi Alex, Yes, the phone does move around. Like I said, it does seem to be communicating with the phone. If I turn off Bluetooth, the phone will zip off the screen to the upper right corner. As for the preferences being open, I made that assumption and purposely did my testing with the preferences closed. MacBook Air running 10.8.3 iPhone running iOS 6.1.2 I wouldn't think it should matter, but the iPhone has been Jailbroken.
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
28 May 2013
A jailbroken device should not be a problem as our main device is jailbroken as well. Ok so it is not a connection issue, could you possibly turn logging on in the preferences and then check the log to see if GA is successfully connecting to the device when the preferences are closed. You should see some output like this: 2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Calling in background thread 2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: About to test connection with phone 2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Trying to connect to the device 2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 0 2013-05-28 15:53:00 +0000: Rssi value is: 44 When you then turn bluetooth off on you device the log should say that it is locking: 2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Screen is locking: 1 2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Pausing iTunes 2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: About to run Lock items 2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Lock items ran 2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Lock window has loaded along with all of its subviews. If this is not happening we may need some more information. Thanks Alex
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djcz
djcz
28 May 2013
Please see the Troubleshooting tab for more information about this issue.
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Twizard
22 April 2013
Program locked computer when I left but would not unlock it on my return. No guide with program so had to learn how to use it by trial and error. May be the cause of it not working for me.
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Version 1.0b11
8 answer(s)
Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
22 April 2013
Well that is not good, did this happen every time or only once? We are in beta so unfortunately bugs are possible, also how do you feel it could be made clearer to use so that trial and error is not required? Alex Ingenious Bytes
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Twizard
Twizard
22 April 2013
This happened every time but the 1st time I tried Guardian Angel. May be related to how long I left the computer room? Will try it again at different lengths to see if time is a factor. Will report on that later in a reply. As to how to make it clearer to use, could write a short instruction RTF document downloadable with the program. Most programs have such a file in a folder with the app. For example, I thought when 1st setting up the app. it needs a way to tell the program how long before it locks. Found the slider only by pushing the Edit button which is not clear - what are you editing? I would label the button as "Preferences" and the slider as "Time To Lock" or something to that effect to make it clearer. The "Setting" button shows instructions of functions of settings. Maybe you could put the sliders under "Settings" with a little greyed explanation underneath each? Also, when I click on the "Turn On" button, Guardian Angel started looking for a device. What is this about and the "Select Device" button? There's no information on what kind of device it's looking for or why. It doesn't find any device so is that the problem? Thanks for the quick response to my initial rating of your program.
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Twizard
Twizard
22 April 2013
Tried different time between leaving room and returning from 10 min. to 30 min. and Guardian Angel failed to unlock every time.
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
22 April 2013
Before we begin on all these tweaks :) what device are you using and what does the guardian angel log say in console, when it is failing to unlock, also was you device paired with your computer beforehand? Alex
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Twizard
Twizard
22 April 2013
Got ya (;-) But what kind of device are we talking about? An iPod, iPad, mouse, etc? The banner for this app. says it will lock your Mac and unlock it when you return. Neither the banner nor the description say anything about having to have a "device" attached to the Mac. When the app. searches for a device it does not find any. Please clarify - thanks.
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
22 April 2013
Basically you need to use a bluetooth device, when you walk out of range with it the computer locks, when you return with the device it unlocks. (If it locked and unlocked purely on your presence that would be amazing! ;) ). Alex
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Twizard
Twizard
22 April 2013
I see how it works now. There's no explanation about this so I had to come up with an explanation on my own about how it works. I thought maybe it used the iSight camera built into my iMac and recognized changes in that. And that the "Desired Range" changed how big a difference in the iSight camera picture was needed to lock and unlock your computer. You're right - now that would be something. I'd even pay for it!
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Alex-Kornitzer
Alex-Kornitzer
22 April 2013
That is our fault we will update the explanation, and extra text and tool tips have been added to Guardian Angel ready for the next beta. Alex
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