AppCrypt for Mac gives users the ability to protect apps with a single password.
When it comes to digital information today, you can never be too careful with storing your information securely. Apple computer users are fortunate to have a built-in encryption software FileVault for users of OS X (10.7 or higher), but there is not built-in ability to lock individual apps. This can be a very valuable security option in case your computer is stolen or is used by multiple users. Fortunately, software developer Cisdem has recently released AppCrypt, a utility made specifically for encrypting your applications on machines running Mac OS X.
“With the rising need to protect one’s Mac OS X apps, AppCrypt has arrived to level the playing field for all Mac users by making app encryption simple,” said Brandon Hancock, manager of AppCrypt project for Cisdem Inc. “AppCrypt was made with one specific goal in mind: create a security solution that would effectively keep prying eyes away from users’ Mac applications while ensuring that users themselves maintain seamless access to it.” And it does just that.
After you install AppCrypt, the process for securing your individual applications is very easy. In the upper left-hand corner of the utility’s dashboard, you select ‘add app,’ which is illustrated as a large green plus sign. When you click on it, a window opens and you can select applications freely from the application folders. It’s as easy as opening a file from the Finder.
- Password protect Mac apps from unauthorized usage.
- Keep tracks of failed attempts to access the protected apps.
- Capture a snapshot of the intruder with the front-facing camera.
- Create a custom hot key to reveal the AppCrypt window.
- Does not modify any system or application files.
- Works as a background process and does not uses any CPU load while idle.
- Fully supports OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
I am very impressed with AppCrypt. I will admit that sometimes I’m leery of security utilities because I feel like they overcomplicate the regular workflow of a computer, but AppCrypt is so easy to use that I forget it’s even running. Once it’s set up with a master password and you select the apps you want to be locked, you are ready to go. Then, as long as the utility is running (indicated by the key icon in your menu bar), you will have to enter the password when you open one of the locked apps.
AppCrypt is available through the Cisdem website. There is a trial version available through the site. A single license of AppCrypt is available for $24.99. For more information, visit cisdem.com/appcrypt-mac.html.