is there a app to lock certain apps in yosemite?

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  1. ipos macrumors 6502a

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  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    By "lock" do you mean control access? What exactly are you trying to accomplish? If you don't want anyone to use the app, delete it. If you only want certain users to have access to it, take it out of the system Applications folder and install it in their accounts. You also have parental controls that you can put on specific accounts.
     
  3. 0d085d macrumors regular

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    If you want to allow only certain groups of users to use certain applications, you could create some Unix groups and remove the execute permission from the applications in question. That would give you fine grain control over who can run which applications.
     
  4. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Use parental controls in Yosemite.
     
  5. applelover4u, May 26, 2015
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    Quit being hard on OP, you know what he meant atleast I hope

    OP means locking the app just as he asked. He want the app password protected such as maybe his mail app etc
     
  6. 0d085d macrumors regular

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    Didn't mean to sound harsh - honestly just trying to be helpful.

    If you want to password protect any sort of file in Yosemite you can create an encrypted disk image in Disk Utility. By putting any applications that you want to 'protect' in such a disk image you effectively password protect them, as the disk image has to be mounted with the password first.

    For an extra level of sleekness, it would be possible to write a bash script to auto-mount, launch app, and then unmount the disk image.

    More detail on the above available if relevant.
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Sorry, I thought their answers were detailed and appropriate, not "hard". Yours made a massive assumption that you knew what the OP wanted, they did not. They even offered workable solution(s) whereas you did not.
     
  8. applelover4u, May 26, 2015
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    Gezzes!!!!!! The op said an APP not a WORKAROUND! My goodness some of you all are to smart for your own good hahahahaha

    He wants an app. Let me answer this.

    Op there is a few apps, use this
    Mac app blocker http://knewsense.com/macappblocker


    or this one macfort http://www.madowsoft.com/download-macfort-now

    personally i would hope everyone uses this. Logging out or locking the screen does nothing as one can easily wipe the password or change it
     
  9. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Post #2 has the answer, no additional apps required. Its not wrong to take what the user wants to achieve and explain how it can be done. Assuming that is what he meant by "lock".

    Hopefully OP doesn't mean they are trying to achieve the prevention of another person accessing some personal data (say used in a finance app), when using the machine from within a shared account, if the data is held in an accessible form this may not achieve what they want, hence the questions...
     
  10. applelover4u macrumors 6502

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    #2 doesnt have an answer it has a workaround that has nothing to do with what the OP asked. How is saying delete the app an solution HAHAHA

    Key word.. "APP" another key keyword "LOCK"

    And actually http://www.madowsoft.com/ macfort does make the data INACCESSIBLE to anyone by storing the data on encrypted image and encrypting it which is actually what some you guys said to do but this APP does it for you and makes it easier and PASSWORD protects it!

    Just stop while your ahead

    MacFort use AES encryption schemes to provide strong encryption for your important files and folders on mac. In June 2003 the U.S. Government (NSA) announced that AES is secure enough to protect classified information up to the TOP SECRET level, the highest security level – defined as information that would cause “exceptionally grave damage” to nationalsecurity if disclosed to the public.

    The AES algorithm uses one of three cipher key strengths: a 128-bit or 256-bit encryption key. Each encryption key size causes the algorithm to behave slightly differently. You can choose the cipher key strength easily in MacFort when you create a new encrypted vault.
     
  11. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Post #2 mentions parental controls which should work for the OP.
     
  12. simonsi macrumors 601

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    You need to read post #2 again, and again. Segregating the App into only the account(s) that requires access would segregate the App AND data. Seems you can't read past the first sentence to get to the TWO further suggestions (the other being parents controls).

    But seeing as you have a perfect understanding of what the OP is trying to achieve...
     
  13. applelover4u macrumors 6502

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    Should or would? actually it will not
     
  14. Taz Mangus, May 26, 2015
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    How ironic that you think others are to smart for their own good.
     
  15. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Indeed.

    LOL
     
  16. JayKyte macrumors newbie

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    Correct lol..

    SJ would have had a fit, keep it simple cos it just works......
     

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