Is there a way to passcode lock a a specific app (or applications) in Mac OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by alexreich, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. alexreich macrumors 6502a

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    I have a notes application I do not want friends and family getting into while I am away from my computer, or just letting them play with it. Is there a way I could lock the application where you could only open it if you knew a password/passcode?

    I am asking because normally I let friends/family use my computer, then I walk away for a minute and they dig up info they should not be looking at.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you can't password protect a particular app. You can, however, set up a separate user account for your friends/family and use Parental Controls in System Preferences to restrict what they can do. You can also set a screen saver that requires a password to wake from screen saver.
     
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    alexreich thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the quick response, I knew about making a guest account, just didn't want to it unless I have to. I did just today turn "on wake enter passcode" or something like that. Will the guest account take up any HD space?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Very little, unless they download or create a lot of documents.
     
  5. alexreich thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for asking so many questions :eek: but, one more.
    Is there a way I could make it where they couldn't download anything, but still browse in Safari?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If they can browse, they can download. Can't stop one without stopping the other.
     
  7. alexreich thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You can't prevent downloading files, but you can prevent installation of applications. In the case of a guest account, downloaded files do not survive a logout.
     
  9. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    you can create a password protected DMG and have the app in there
     
  10. Reeser macrumors newbie

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    Or you could use AppDefender to lock specific applications etc with a password/usb flash drive. It's like iProtect on an iPhone.
     

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