Lock or Unlock Your Mac with Any Bluetooth Device
has posted a nifty little guide that allows Mac users to lock and unlock their computers simply using any bluetooth capable device. The idea is that when the bluetooth device comes in range of the Mac, it would unlock your Mac without the need for user interaction. And when you leave the area, your Mac would lock on its own.
The guide requires the use of a utility for Mac called Proximity
, along with a couple of simple AppleScripts written up by mech14
at MacWorld Hints. The setup is quite easy, and the entire process can be downloaded over at Lifehacker, and it includes a readme file to help you out should anything go wrong.
I gave the entire guide a shot, and the whole process was quick and painless, and worked just as advertised on my Mac. I used my own iPhone, and when I left the room, the screensaver turned on, when I came back, it all unlocked on its own. The trick will be certain to save me a few extra moments when I return to my desk, not to mention, itís also pretty cool. It also is nice that there is no app required, which allows any bluetooth device to work with the created scripts.
Be sure to check out the LifeHacker article, and give it a shot yourself!