FiaFo, a UK based digital innovation studio has created an app called Tether that promises to keep data on your Mac secure when you move way from it, (such as when you are taking a break from your desk) and bring it back to life when you return back. Tether needs to be installed both on your Mac and your iPhone for this to work.
With security becoming such a huge issue these days, it is becoming all the more important that you lock your PC when you move away from your desk and unlock it when you get back. But this quickly starts to become a problem when you need to input your password multiple times. That’s where Tether app makes your job easy. Let’s take a look at how this cool app works.
Tether App Review
Tether app for Mac and iPhone is available as a free download. Once installed it will have to be paired with both the iPhone and the Mac using Bluetooth 4.0. That’s it! When you move away from your Mac, the device will get automatically locked. When you return back, it will unlock itself. Automation certainly at its best. Eat that IFTTT!
Apps like Knock and FingerKey let you unlock your Mac using different methods, but Tether just makes the job so damn easy. Plus its absolutely free. The app idea was an unexpected resultant of a project that the FiaFo team was working on and while they used the concept initially for internal purposes, they realized that the world could benefit from it as well. They have big production plans for the app in the coming year, so if you download and use the app, expect plenty of good features to be added.
Since Tether works on Bluetooth Low Energy, you can seamlessly link your iPhone and Mac without draining out your battery.
Tether app for Mac currently supports OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 or later. Tether app for iPhone requires iOS 8.0 or later to work. If your iPhone is lost or stolen, make sure you unlink Tether on your Mac by clicking the Tether icon in the Mac status bar. The app does not interact with other apps on your Mac and your password is never shared over WiFi or Bluetooth. The development team promises that your password will only be used to unlock your Mac and it is saved to the Mac OS X Keychain to ensure security.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Tether:
@hellotether Guys, your app is genius. I've spent the entire morning finding excuses to walk away from my desk! Thanks for making it free!
— Tate (@Tate_Kandi) March 11, 2015
Loving @hellotether. In my limited testing it’s been flawless. I may never have to log in to my Mac manually again. http://t.co/VA7Y8nRTfm — Kory Garner (@garnerkory) March 11, 2015
For anyone who believes that there is no such thing as a good free lunch, there’s Tether. Hit the links below to enjoy a safer, secure Mac experience.
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