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How to Lock Photos App on Your Mac

As a Mac user, I always transfer my iPhone photos to Mac for backup, so there are a lot of privacy photos on my Mac. I guess most of Mac users don't want anyone to open the Photos app to see privacy photos while using his or her Mac. And many users always worry about his or her child deleting photos mistakenly on Mac.

Actually, we can move all photos to one folder and use Mac built-in Disk Utility to password protect the folder, but this is tedious. Password protecting the Photos app is a much easier way to satisfy what you need. So is there any way to lock Mac apps like Photos without locking Mac screen or the whole photos folder? In this article, we will show you two ways to password protect Photos app on Mac.

Why is It Imperative to Lock Photo App on Mac?
Event One: Approximately 90,000 photos and 9,000 videos were leaked in the form of a massive 13.6 GB file that was then posted on viralpop.com, a site created exclusively to host the cache of personal photos. -From Attn.

Event Two: On August 31, 2014, a collection of almost 500 private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity, were posted on the imageboard, and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. -From Wikipedia.

After all these photo leakage events happened, many users may not post their photos on various photos websites or platforms that can store photos, they choose to store their photos on Mac. But is it really safe to store photos on Mac? That may not be. Everyone around you can see your photos when using your Mac. So it is imperative to lock your Photos app to keep your Mac photos from prying eyes. When you lock the Photos app, no one can view your photos. You can follow below two methods to lock your Photos app on Mac.

How to Password Protect Photos App on Mac via AppCrypt?
AppCrypt is one of the best app locker for Mac that will help you to safely lock applications like Photos, Contacts, Google, Quicken, iPhoto, iTunes, Safari, Mail, YouTube, etc. It allows you to set just one password to lock individual, multiple or all apps on your Mac to safeguard them from access by unauthorized users and helps you get information when someone tries to access your locked apps. You can also set a schedule for each app (or all apps) to allow unblocked usage for specific days and times. Download this Photos locker app below and follow below steps to see how it locks Photos app for you.

Step 1. Install and launch AppCrypt on Mac. Then AppCrypt will ask you to set a password which will be used to access the blocked Mac apps and change AppCrypt settings. Just set a password which is easy to remember, for that the AppCrypt password will not be retrieved.

Step 2. AppCrypt will lock four system applications by default. Click OK to confirm and click "Add App" on the top menu bar to add the Photos app. And the Photos app will be listed on the left column. Once you add the Photos app to the block list, all pictures in it will be protected with the AppCrypt password. If you don't want to lock the Photos app anymore, just click "Remove App" to remove it.

Step 3. If any suspicious guys try to peek at your personal photos, the system will keep record of all failed operations with date, time and captured photos.
AppCrypt is 100% safe to use and user-friendly. It will not modify any Mac system or application files. You can lock all your apps with one password. By the way, the free trial version of this Photos locker app always allows you to lock one app without expiring date.

How to Lock Photos App on Mac with Parental Controls?
Mac Parental Controls are Apple's user management system for controlling which system functions and applications are available to a managed user. Using Parental Controls preferences, you can prevent user accounts from accessing inappropriate content on Internet or apps and manage, monitor, control the time the users spend on the Mac, the websites they visit, the apps they access and the people they chat with. So once you set up Parental Controls, you can also set access restrictions on Photos app.

Step 1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Parental Controls. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter your administrator name and password.

Step 2. Select a user, then click Enable Parental Controls. If there is no user in the list, click Add + button , then fill in the name, account, and password information to create a new user.

Step 3. After you select a user, click "Apps" of the tabs along the top. Check "Limit Applications". And choose the app you want the user to access, so please unselect Photos app when you don't want to others to see your privacy photos.

Step 4. At last, don't forget to click button to prevent further changes. This can help improve Mac security and privacy.

Mac Parental Controls can not be enabled for administrator accounts. So when you lend your Mac to others, you have to change your user account. If you are working or learning with the administrator account and leave the Mac for a while, there are some possibility that someone can open Photos and view your privacy pictures on your Mac. But don't worry, there is a more powerful way to lock your Photos app no matter which user account you are using. Just check Method two.

Source: How to Lock Photos App with Password on Mac

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