Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 21, 2013, 12:41 PM   #1
Fed
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Liverpool.
Leave in a locked but useable state

I'm a little paranoid about security and the idea of leaving the house with my MacBook unlocked, leaves a chill over me. As such, for things like Handbrake encodes, iTunes home sharing and file sharing, it presents a little hassle.

Is there a way to essentially lock the system, so if anyone were stumble across it they wouldn't be able to log in and have a look round the file system? You could argue that a thief could simply take out the hard drive and look at the volumes of unencrypted data, but we'll assume it's a rather lazy thief.

I suppose, as a practical example, I'd like to have a combination of Caffeine mixed with a locked system.
Fed is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 01:48 PM   #2
hallux
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Set up Hot Corners (System Preferences -> Desktop and Screensaver -> Hotcorners in the bottom right) to turn on the screensaver, you only need one set up but you can choose what you want. Then in Security and Privacy set the timer for requiring a password to your preference (mine is 5 minutes).

When you want to turn on the screensaver and lock the screen, move the pointer to the corner you set up in hotcorners for starting the screensaver and leave it be.
__________________
2012 15" MBP, 2.3 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 750 GB Samsung EVO SSD, Hi-Res glossy
2012 Mac Mini 2.5, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
hallux is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 02:04 PM   #3
Tomorrow
macrumors 603
 
Tomorrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Always a day away
Quote:
Originally Posted by hallux View Post
Set up Hot Corners (System Preferences -> Desktop and Screensaver -> Hotcorners in the bottom right) to turn on the screensaver, you only need one set up but you can choose what you want. Then in Security and Privacy set the timer for requiring a password to your preference (mine is 5 minutes).

When you want to turn on the screensaver and lock the screen, move the pointer to the corner you set up in hotcorners for starting the screensaver and leave it be.
If you don't want to use hot corners you can simply place the lock icon in the menu bar. Click to lock.
__________________
I would scream just to be heard, as if yelling at the stars - I was bleeding just to feel.
You would never say a word, kept me reaching in the dark - always something to conceal.
Tomorrow is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 02:53 PM   #4
Fed
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Liverpool.
I already have this particular feature setup. Correct me if I'm wrong but won't this eventually stop running processes and spin down the disk after x amount of inactivity? I know you can change energy savings but perhaps I've misunderstood what the hot corner thing actually does. If I run handbrake for twelve hours of encoding and hot corner it a few seconds after clicking go, will it carry on until the encoding has finished and then depending on the energy savings, it'll then kick in the timeout after x amount of time?
Fed is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 07:02 PM   #5
hallux
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
I don't believe Hotcorners does things any different than the energy preferences are set for. Your Handbrake encodes should run as long as your energy saver preferences are set to allow.
__________________
2012 15" MBP, 2.3 GHz, 16 GB RAM, 750 GB Samsung EVO SSD, Hi-Res glossy
2012 Mac Mini 2.5, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
hallux is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Systems and Services > Mac Basics and Help

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I stay a state employee or should I leave and get non-state job? determined09 Community Discussion 28 Aug 25, 2014 11:53 AM
iPad: Keyboard Covers still useable when using an iPad shell? LincolnsiPod iPad Accessories 5 Oct 28, 2013 01:12 AM
Only receive notifications of messages under locked state uumart iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting 1 Mar 20, 2013 06:54 AM
How much useable disk on 128ssd deskjetian MacBook Air 18 Oct 9, 2012 06:03 PM
Verizon iphone 5 useable on AT&T bhigh8 iPhone 1 Oct 9, 2012 09:48 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC