QuickLock Is The Quickest & Most Convenient Way To Lock Your Mac

QuickLock

QuickLock is a terrific little tool from ThinkDev that makes it quick and convenient to lock your Mac when you leave your desk. It sits in your menubar out of your way, and a click (or a keyboard shortcut) is all it takes to keep your Mac safe.

With the latest version of QuickLock, users can enjoy a brand new interface and a number of new features. Best of all, it’s completely free.

QuickLock is a must-have if you use your Mac in an office, a classroom, a library, or another public place where you might leave it unattended for a while. You probably already use a password to ensure no one can gain access to your computer while you’re away from it, and the quickest and easiest way to activate that password and lock your Mac is with QuickLock.

“QuickLock is the absolute best way to lock your Mac,” ThinkDev says. “Unlike OSX’s hot corners, QuickLock works with a simple keyboard shortcut or menubar click, and never gets in the way of your workflow.”

And here’s what’s new in its latest update:

- Completely redesigned user interface
– Revamped user experience
– New icon
– Great new animations for locking/unlocking
– An awesome screen bounce or lock animation when typing
– Upgraded security features
– New display features
– Major bug fixes and improvements

Because QuickLock’s new features are currently in beta testing, you can get a copy of the app and try them out completely free. Just visit the QuickLock website and download it to get started.

ThinkDev has another awesome app that called QuickRes, which has been developed to make it super simply to switch between display resolutions on a Retina MacBook Pro. Like QuickLock, it sits in your menubar.

QuickRes is the best way to switch between screen resolutions on your Mac. With the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, you can set your resolution all the way up to an extreme 3840 x 2400! With other Macs, you can set your resolutions to things you’ve never seen before, including a HiDPI mode, which is as close as you can get to a Retina Display on a standard display.

A free version of QuickRes can be downloaded from the Mac App Store, but due to Apple’s restrictions, it only allows you to switch to one resolution — and you have to go into System Preferences to switch back. The paid version, however, let’s you switch between resolution as much as you like.

It’s just $1.99, but Cult of Mac readers can get 50% off for a limited time.

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  • bdkennedy

    Or you could just press CONTROL+SHIFT+EJECT for free.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Or you could just press CONTROL+SHIFT+EJECT for free.

    That is not quite the same because it puts the machine to sleep.

    I use Alfred (free version) instead. It has configurable shortcuts for a variety of actions including “lock”.

    However, I find it very dumb that after so many versions of OSX you still can’t assign a shortcut to the “Login Window” item in the Fast User Switching menu.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Or you could just press CONTROL+SHIFT+EJECT for free.

    That is not quite the same because it puts the machine to sleep.

    I use Alfred (free version) instead. It has configurable shortcuts for a variety of actions including “lock”.

    However, I find it very dumb that after so many versions of OSX you still can’t assign a shortcut to the “Login Window” item in the Fast User Switching menu.

  • JamesGunaca

    Anyone care to comment on the QuickRes app HiDPI feature? Would like a little more explanation on how it’s different that what’s accomplishable in system preferences.

  • Stuka_UK

    I just use a Hot Corner and password protect the screen saver.

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