Mac users know the problem with keyboards. They’re open, visible, accessible, and it takes very little effort or accident to make the keyboard do something you don’t want done. Through a few decades of Mac use, I’ve spilled drinks on the keyboard of numerous Mac notebooks (amazingly, after a bit of drying, they continued to work) and accidentally touched keys while doing something nearby only to realize the horror of my wrongdoing.
If only the Mac had someway to know that I do not want to touch the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Imagine if the Mac was smart enough to know a legitimate keystroke or trackpad touch or mouse click from an illegitimate touch.
As it turns out, there’s an app for that.
Enter KeyboardLocker. The name says what the app does. It locks the keyboard. And the mouse. And the trackpad.
Did I mention easy? KeyboardLocker for Mac requires very little of you, other than the need to remember the keyboard shortcut to activate it and turn it off.
KeyboardLocker bills itself as a simple way to avoid unwanted keyboard clicks, mouse clicks, or accidental touches to the Mac’s trackpad. Once activated, keyboard, mouse, or trackpad won’t take any input until de-activated.
KeyboardLocker is the best way to protect you keyboard, touchpad and mouse from unwanted input. The app will help you watch movies, make video chats and not worry that a small child or a pet will accidentally type “sdfalkdsjglakalssd kgwnddas” on your keyboard. Or just clean the crumbs on the keyboard without turning it off.
That’s it. Nothing else is going on.
Yet, when you think about it, not only can KeyboardLocker prevent accidental clicks and touches, but it can just as easily prevent someone from using your Mac while you’re away. At home or in the office, a keyboard that doesn’t work for anyone but the Mac user– with the keyboard shortcut– means an extra layer or two of security for the Mac.
What’s not to like?
KeyboardLocker is free.