MollyGuard

Keyboard & Mouse Lock For Mac

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Optional on-screen alert on lock/unlock (lock shown)

WHAT IS IT?

MollyGuard is a small menu bar application that enables you to lock and unlock your keyboard and, optionally, mouse or trackpad with a hotkey combination. When locked, no input is accepted from the keyboard or mouse (other than the hotkey combination, otherwise you wouldn't be able to unlock your input devices).

WHY WOULD I WANT IT?

Perhaps you have a small child who simply can't keep her fingers off the keyboard when you're trying distract her with a video. Possibly you have a cat, or several cats, who conduct embarrassing Google searches on your behalf when you're away from your desk. It could be you just want to clean the crumbs out of your keyboard and mouse without disconnecting them or shutting down your system.

WHAT’S WITH THE NAME?

The Jargon File tells us that the original molly-guard came into existence at the University of Illinois as a plexiglass cover improvised to protect the Big Red Switch on an IBM 4341 after a programmer's toddler daughter, named Molly, pushed it twice in one day.

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For Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.6.8 and up

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