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LockTight for Mac OS X Intel

Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) Update (23 October 2013): Recompiled for Mavericks (10.9, Build 13A603) and tested on my machine only.

http://www.gkoya.com/2013/10/23/locktight-one-more-final-update-for-mac-os-x-mavericks-10-9/

 

 

Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.x) Update (31 August 2009):Recompiled for Snow Leopard (10.6, build 10A432) and tested on my machine only.

LockTight for Intel (v0.1.1) (zip archive, 106kbyte file, HTTP download)

Sorry, there’s really no support for this. It’s just a courtesy to other Mac users. Plus, I am not a programmer…;-)

When people “Switch” to the Mac, they often look for a one-keystroke or one-key-combo screen locker.

And they’re often disappointed to find that the operating system only provides a two-click solution: add the Keychain Access menu item to the menubar, and then use “Lock Screen”.

So in came Menno Pieters, who built LockTight from Raging Menace‘s SleepTight code.

…but it doesn’t work under Mac OS X for Intel-based hardware. Until now…because I got frustrated with myself for not having done it earlier…

Presenting the Intel-compatible re-compile of LockTight.

Menno’s source code has been recompiled with XCode on an Intel based Macintosh, and contains all the original source code and licensing information as required.

LockTight for Intel (tar, bzip. 88kbyte file, HTTP download)

Nevertheless, this is being provided without any support statement and without any expressed warranty or merchantability statement. It is virus- and malicious code- free.

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fumpT said,

November 24, 2006 @ 9:51 am

Nice work.

Dragging the mouse cursor to a screen corner to lock the screen works well for me. This can be set by clicking the Hot Corners button under System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver.

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waldo said,

March 14, 2007 @ 6:25 am

Excellent work, but it looks like it still relies on the ‘require password to wake from sleep or screensaver’.

My problem is that I don’t want to use a password from screensaver; just from sleep and to have a lock hot-key. Do you know of any way to make that work?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
-waldo

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Ben Haylock said,

March 14, 2007 @ 7:06 am

Waldo,

I don’t think that the way Apple implemented the entire security hierarchy of Mac OS X would allow you to do that. I’d like that option as well, but until then, we’ve only got options like this.

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March 21, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

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steve said,

January 24, 2008 @ 12:25 am

Hi.

I accidently deleted the startup item so that locktight would be avaialble autmatically. Now the only way I can use locktight is by going into system prefs, selecting locktight and then it works OK.

Is there a way to fix this?

Thanks!

Steve

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Ben Haylock said,

January 24, 2008 @ 8:52 am

Steve,

I know the problem you’re having, and I think it’s best fixed by reinstalling the software.

Right-click (control-click) on the Preference Pane in the System Preferences application, and choose “Remove…”.

You can then reboot, and reinstall, and the programme should be back to the way you want it to be.

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steve said,

January 25, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

Hi ben

I did try this, but it did not work.

What I discovered is that you can replace it by navigating to:

~/Library/PreferencePanes/LockTight then right click or CTRL click, select ‘show package contents’ then go to Contents/Resources and look for ‘SleepTightAgent’.

To share this I documented it on my blog http://www.hutsby.net/search/label/Keyboard%20shortcut%20to%20lock%20the%20screen

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Todd said,

February 28, 2008 @ 10:34 am

Hi.

I have two identical Mac Pro’s at work and I installed Locktight on both. On one works great no problems. On the other the video display started locking up at random intervals, but most often when screen saver is activated (either by Locktight or inactivity). When the display is not frozen, weird horizontal lines appear randomly. in my display.

I realize that this could be from a number of causes, but it started immediately after installing Locktight. I’ve removed everything I can find related to Locktight and restarted the system, yet the problem persists. Before I rebuild this system or start swapping out video cards, I wanted to see if anyone else has experienced something similar and if there are any other steps l could take to troubleshoot/fix.

Thanks in advance for any help, and thanks for producing LockTight…I love being able to lock my screen with a keystroke combination.

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How to lock your Mac with a keyboard shortcut : Switching To Mac said,

January 21, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

[...] One irritation that people who switch to Mac from Windows find is that there isn’t a quick way to lock your screen. Enter LockTight. [...]

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McColley.net » Blog Archive » LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download] said,

January 22, 2009 @ 7:30 am

[...] Hit the link for the download, or take a look at the Switching to Mac guide for all the steps. LockTight [via Switching to [...]

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Phil Freo said,

January 22, 2009 @ 7:32 am

Thanks for this. Very helpful. I linked this from my blog post about what I’ve used to make the Windows to Mac switch better:
http://www.philfreo.com/blog/?p=35

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ryan said,

January 22, 2009 @ 7:41 am

Might as well set up a hot corner for screen saver. thats all this is doing. sorry, but not for me, still on the lookout for a better way

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OpsTube » Blog Archive » LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey said,

January 22, 2009 @ 7:55 am

[...] LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey Posted by Ch3mIcALX in Linux & Mac on 01 21st, 2009 | no responses Mac OS X only: Screen locker utility LockTight adds a shortcut key combination for OS X users to quickly lock your workstation from the keyboard. Windows users switching to using a Mac might be surprised to find no equivalent to the Winkey+L shortcut combination that locks the screen, especially helpful in work environments or at home to keep little fingers from opening things they shouldn’t. LockTight plugs into OS X as a simple system preference pane with a configurable hotkey, but for full effect you might want to configure your Mac to require a password when coming back from the screensaver and disable automatic login. Hit the link for the download, or take a look at the Switching to Mac guide for all the steps. LockTight [...]

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schnp said,

January 22, 2009 @ 8:37 am

@Waldo,
Your only option is to open Keychain Access, go to prefs and choose to display it in the menubar. Then you can click on the lock and choose lock screen. That’s your only option for now.

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Finally! Somebody makes an app that locks your Mac using hotkeys | Doobybrain.com said,

January 22, 2009 @ 8:49 am

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Get Ready To LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download] | 82123 said,

January 22, 2009 @ 9:28 am

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David said,

January 22, 2009 @ 11:19 am

@Waldo,

You could install Butler on your machine and configure a shortcut to switch users. Its what I do. I have a screensaver password free, and I hit Ctrl + Alt + L to switch users. This spins your screen to the login screen, essentially locking your workstation. Its just like the Win + L combo on windows.

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Slackerology - LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download] said,

January 22, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

[...] Hit the link for the download, or take a look at the Switching to Mac guide for all the steps. LockTight [via Switching to [...]

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Sebastian said,

January 22, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

I don’t like the screensaver-lock either. I use an AppleScript that uses the fast user switch to lock the computer. You stay logged in, but the login window appears.

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Rick said,

January 22, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

There seems to be an issue with this not working when also running Synergy. I use synergy to share my work computer’s mouse and keyboard with my macbook and when I leave my office I want to be able to lock my screen. This won’t work when synergy is running but once I stop the Synergy client, the shortcut works fine. Any ideas?

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Dan said,

January 23, 2009 @ 2:48 am

Ditto to Rick. I also run Synergy and have found that if I have it open and running LockTight doesn’t work.

Rick, on my machine I have the Keychain Status in my menu bar so I have two clicks to lock my screen. Bummer there is no shortcut for it like locktight but it works with synergy.

To enable the keychain in menu bar open up Keychain Access then open preferences and check “show Status in Menu Bar” (you might have already known but in case you didn’t and other people need it)

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Bloquea el Mac con un atajo de teclado | Appleismo said,

January 23, 2009 @ 4:11 am

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LockTight, bloqueo de pantalla con un atajo de teclado para tu Mac said,

January 23, 2009 @ 8:36 am

[...] Sitio Oficial [...]

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Security for your Intel Mac « Linux & Stuff said,

January 23, 2009 @ 10:46 am

[...] in laptop, security | Tags: security Might have to try this when I travel with my MacBook although I’m still not sure why the password I use to allow me [...]

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Ben Haylock said,

January 23, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

@Dan, @Rick

I’ve got no idea how to resolve the conflict with Synergy, sorry.

You may wish to try some of the other screen-locking alternatives as suggested in the comments at:

http://ow.ly/5lU

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مدونة يوسف رفــه said,

January 24, 2009 @ 8:24 pm

حماية الماك باختصار من لوحة المفاتيح…

 العديد من المستخدمين و خصوصا من قام بالتحول إلى عالم الماك و كان يستخدم خاصية قفل الشاشة Lock Screen عن طريق لوحة المفاتيح يتضايقون من عدم…

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January 25, 2009 @ 8:10 am

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Malcolm Peskoff said,

February 2, 2009 @ 7:29 am

Will not download either on my Intel Mac Desktop or my Intel Mac laptop.
All I get is a page of garbage codes, without a download.
I am using Leopard on both machines.

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Diversos metodos para bloquear tu Mac said,

February 4, 2009 @ 7:37 am

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LockTight for Mac « I Know The Guy Who Owns This Place said,

February 8, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

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February 8, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

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February 9, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

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February 14, 2009 @ 11:53 am

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Ben Haylock said,

February 17, 2009 @ 11:24 am

Perhaps you could try right-clicking the link, and choosing the option equivalent to “save target as…”?

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Joe said,

February 19, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

Great job, thanks!

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menec said,

February 23, 2009 @ 1:28 am

Great tool! Thank you so much for this! It’s about time that apple implements this basic feature directly into OS X!

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Mark Wheadon said,

February 24, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

Here’s another way of achieving the same effect:

http://www.markwheadon.com/blog/2009/02/lock-screen-mac-os-x/

Cheers,

Mark

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ibdcegypt.com » 42 Great Freeware Apps for Mac said,

April 11, 2009 @ 2:55 am

[...] LockTight – Some Windows users are accustomed to using a simple keyboard shortcut to lock and password protect the computer. With LockTight you get the same useful functionality for your Mac. [...]

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Jake said,

April 15, 2009 @ 2:37 am

FYI – I’m able to download this file via Firefox, but not Safari…. Even a right click, save as.

Thanks!

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April 21, 2009 @ 7:23 am

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April 28, 2009 @ 11:33 am

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May 5, 2009 @ 10:41 am

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BeSweeet said,

May 12, 2009 @ 7:22 am

This doesn’t work for me. I do the key combinations, then I can see a transparent lock icon, then it goes to my screensaver. If I move the cursor, it goes right back to my desktop. Any ideas?

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SerbianForum.org - Najveci Srpski Forum - Rapidshare Srbija said,

May 21, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

[...] KAKO DA obezbedite svoj Mac računar Pomoćni program za zaključavanje ekrana LockTight dodaje kombinaciju tastera prečice za OS X korisnike za brzo zaključavanje računara pomoću tastature. Korisnici Windowsa koji su prešli na upotrebu Mac sistema su verovatno veoma iznenađeni što ne postoji ekvivalent za kombinaciju Win+L tastera koja zaključava ekran, i veoma je korisna u radnim okruženjima ili kod kuće, gde želite da sprečite da deca čačkaju nešto što ne bi trebala. LockTight je ubačen u OS X kao jednostavan panel sistemskih parametara sa prečicom koju možete da specifikujete, ali za potpuni efekat možda ćete poželeti da konfigurišete Mac tako da on zatraži lozinku kada želite da ga otključate i da isključite automatsko logovanje. Adresa: LockTight [...]

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Apple Bloog » Blog Archive » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows said,

June 19, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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Chris said,

June 19, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

This is pure gold, man! Just what I’ve been looking for! :-D

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Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows | HyipLife.com said,

June 19, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows | News on web tools, technology and other cool apps said,

June 20, 2009 @ 12:02 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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Guillermo said,

June 20, 2009 @ 12:04 am

Just enable Fast User Switching in System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options
A User icon will show up in the menu bar. Just click it and select “Login Window…” that’s it, locked screen.

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Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows « Info for Life! said,

June 20, 2009 @ 12:08 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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AppleUsers.org News » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows said,

June 20, 2009 @ 12:10 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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June 20, 2009 @ 12:12 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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June 20, 2009 @ 12:22 am

[...] Se você migrou para um Apple, talvez sinta falta de conseguir bloquear seu computador com uma sequência de teclas – um atalho, ou hotkey. Talvez você sinta essa falta, talvez não. Mas esse problema pode ser resolvido facilmente usando o LockTight. [...]

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June 20, 2009 @ 12:31 am

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Apple News » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows said,

June 20, 2009 @ 12:42 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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June 20, 2009 @ 3:00 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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June 20, 2009 @ 3:00 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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June 23, 2009 @ 7:49 am

[...] It turns out that this is an oversight in Mac OS X, and a 3rd party utility is required to be able to lock your computer with a hotkey. For a simple solution I would suggest installing a very basic preferences pane called LockTight. [...]

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paragshah.com » Blog Archive » Tweaking OSX said,

June 25, 2009 @ 1:18 am

[...] Use LockTight to lock your machine via keyboard shortcut – For Apple to really gain market share in the enterprise space, they really need to make it easier to secure the machine. Windows has a hotkey to quickly lock the machine but its painful to do this on OSX. Enter LockTight. Use it to assign any key combination to lock your monitor. Plain and simple. [...]

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June 26, 2009 @ 9:25 am

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OS 10.5 - Password and Screen Saver - Mac-Forums.com said,

August 5, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

[...] like in Windows, every time I stop using it (Windows Key + L), so I downloaded a program called Locktight. Locktight works, meaning, every time I press the lock keyboard shortcut, the screensaver [...]

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abbas said,

August 9, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

wonderfull! so delicious Program that I seek it for 6 week!!!!

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Mac applications for academics : Corycia said,

August 12, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

[...] LockTight (free): Gives you a handy keyboard combo to lock your desktop before you walk away from it. Handy in shared offices. [...]

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Seguridad para tu Mac « iPhone Mundo said,

August 30, 2009 @ 3:21 am

[...] Descarga | Locktight [...]

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Snow Leopardo | gkoya said,

August 31, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

[...] After a bit of mucking around, and a couple of very kind emailed requests (even thought I cannot support the build!) I have recompiled LockTight for Intel for Snow Leopard. [...]

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hellbent said,

September 1, 2009 @ 6:50 am

installed snow leopard version and hot key launches screensaver, comes up for a brief moment and then goes right back to desktop all by itself. still haven’t rebooted yet tho…

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hellbent said,

September 1, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

still no good post reboot. i will miss this little app!

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John D said,

September 2, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

I experienced a problem that others may be having with the new build for 10.6.

When I’d initiate my keystroke, the screen would go dark, but as soon as I’d let go, it’d drop me back at the desktop.

I traced it down to a new (I think) 10.6 feature..

To fix:
Go to System Preferences | Security and ensure ‘Require password [immediately] after sleep or screen saver begins’.

I had previously set this to [5 seconds] so that I could quickly bail out of the screen saver when it started accidentally.

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hellbent said,

September 3, 2009 @ 12:31 am

you are correct there John D! i had the same setting applied. It’s like there’s a residual key entry and the 5 second override is doing exactly what it’s meant to by ending the screen saver. so it looks like i’m back in business. thanks!

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Brian R said,

September 3, 2009 @ 5:30 am

Both the prior release and the Snow Leopard compile work, but only with a couple of catches.

System Preferences has to be launched in 32-bit mode.

The hot-key only operates after you have launched the LockTight prefpane. At least, after I reboot, the hot-key no longer does anything until I relaunch the LockTight prefpane. Never had that issue prior to SnowLeopard.

I wish I had the necessary programming chops to fix this.

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» OS X Screen Locking Shortcut Iamvery interesting? said,

September 4, 2009 @ 12:35 am

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Rob said,

September 9, 2009 @ 7:47 am

Would you mind opening up the source code under GPL so others could support of modify as needed.

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Rob said,

September 9, 2009 @ 7:48 am

Disregard previous post. Just downloaded and found source folder.

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Ben Haylock said,

September 10, 2009 @ 7:07 am

Hi Rob

It’s not my source. As you will have read, it belongs to Menno.

All I’ve done is updated the XCode project for 10.4 and 10.5 Intel, and for 10.6.

All the source and project files are in the download packages: so, drop Menno a line as a courtesy, and start re-mashing-up the project. Assume that it’s kinda “abandonware” and that as long as you’re not going to commercialise it, you could gently rebuild it.

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Jim said,

September 18, 2009 @ 5:09 am

As of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, there is one more way to accomplish this, without any extra or third party software.

Use Automator to create and save a ‘Start Screen Saver’ service that accepts no input and is available to all applications. You can find the appropriate Automator action under ‘Utilities’. Then you can simply assign this new service a shortcut from the Keyboard Shortcuts preference pane.

If you would prefer to lock the screen rather than use a screen saver, use Automator to run a shell script with the following command:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend

Then set the keyboard shortcut as before. Huzzah!

See this (more general) tip:
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20090903085255430

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G0Dzilla said,

October 8, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

It’s really work! Thank you, author!!!

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Bloquear ordenador : macnauta said,

November 13, 2009 @ 10:43 pm

[...] LockTight Gratuito. Programita para bloquear nuestro equipo. Nos pide la contraseña para desbloquearlo. El autor dice que se use bajo la responsabilidad de cada uno, porque solo lo ha probado en su equipo. [...]

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Josh said,

November 15, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

It doesn’t work for me. I hit the hotkey, the padlock button comes up, screen goes black for a second and then it goes back to the desktop.

Running Snow Leopard

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Ben Haylock said,

November 16, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

You need to go into the Security control panel item in System Preferences, and set the delay to “immediately”. I believe this fixes the bug ;-).

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Shadows and Images :: Mac Software said,

January 25, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

[...] if you do need to do secure file transfer using those protocols, it’s pretty good. Locktight: http://www.gkoya.com/2006/11/23/locktight-for-mac-os-x-intel/ This is a useful little gadget – it lets you set a global keyboard shortcut (I use [...]

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Macを買ったら入れておけなソフトを紹介 « All is Vanity said,

May 3, 2010 @ 11:43 am

[...] LockTight ショートカットキーで、サッと画面ロックしたい時に使うソフト。 [...]

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Hossein said,

May 8, 2010 @ 1:31 am

wonderfull! so delicious Program that I seek it for 6 week!!!!

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Gooya IT said,

May 8, 2010 @ 1:34 am

This is pure gold, man

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Henrik said,

May 11, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

Tnx for a super nice tool

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Neutralbay said,

May 12, 2010 @ 8:21 am

This sounds good. There’s also DeskShade (http://macrabbit.com/deskshade/). you can add a password and I use it mostly because there’s just the one keystroke (option-l).

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oz said,

June 2, 2010 @ 10:05 am

hi
we wish to deploy this utility to all out macs on the network. is there a way to set the utility to automatically “enable” and configure a “hotkey” via a plist file for easy deployment? instead of each user that logs in to enable and set the hotkey manually?

thanks.

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Ben Haylock said,

June 13, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

No idea about that deployment question. Sorry, I’m just the compiler, not the author. :-)

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ray said,

June 30, 2010 @ 6:24 am

Well done! Exactly what I was looking for! :D

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Community Guy – Jake McKee » Blog Archive » Must Have Mac Apps said,

July 8, 2010 @ 9:16 am

[...] LockTight – One of the most annoying oversights the MacOS has, at least for business users, is the lack of a similar function to the Windows ctrl-alt-delete screen lock function. [...]

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Want a key combination to lock the Mac screen like CTRL-ALT-DEL? « Chicago Mac/PC Support said,

July 8, 2010 @ 10:36 am

[...] a key combination to lock the Mac screen like CTRL-ALT-DEL? LockTight for Mac OS X Intel gkoya.  Is the answer. It is free and even works on Snow [...]

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Rene said,

August 4, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

I can’t unistall or disable locktight…any suggestion?

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Kevin said,

September 4, 2010 @ 12:21 am

This is great. I understand you didn’t write it, but I appreciate your efforts to make it available on newer macs. Thank you!

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Ben Haylock said,

October 19, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

Thanks very much: you’re welcome!

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Ben Haylock said,

October 19, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

I’m sure you have tried this, but the standard uninstall procedure is: Open the panel in Sydney Preferences. Uncheck the “Enable LockTight” checkbox. Click “Show All”. then right-click on the LockTight icon and choose to “Remove…”

Good luck!

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Rafael said,

October 30, 2010 @ 4:26 am

Very good man ! , i had problems with it in begin, but compiled it myself and that’s working just fine! Great !

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Trevor Turk — Links for 12-3-10 said,

December 4, 2010 @ 9:00 am

[...] LockTight for Mac When people “Switch” to the Mac, they often look for a one-keystroke or one-key-combo screen locker. [I use this when working in a public spot.] [...]

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LockTight for Mac at The bloody toe said,

January 27, 2011 @ 6:24 am

[...] This is the equivalent to having the <CTRL-ALT-DEL> in Windows, but for a Mac. [...]

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LockTight | highball.se said,

February 4, 2011 @ 3:51 am

[...] you can mimic this with a small pref.pane called LockTight. I have been using is for a long time and I can really recommend it. When people “Switch” to [...]

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The Traveler’s Guide To Locking Down Your Laptop: Part 1 – Physical Security | foXnoMad said,

March 1, 2011 @ 9:10 am

[...] this nifty feature into Leopard or Snow Leopard but you can add it by downloading the free program LockTight. It lets you configure any set of hot keys you want to lock your [...]

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LockTight :ollo.sh said,

June 7, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

[...] ich finde, etwas elegantere Methode über einen Shortcut bin ich jetzt gerade zufällig gestoßen: LockTight. Auch LockTight nutzt den Umweg über den Bildschirmschoner, das Sperren ist damit aber jetzt über [...]

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Jerry said,

June 11, 2011 @ 2:32 am

This is awesome! Thank you!

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3 Smarter Ways to screen lock Snow Leopard « Life & Technology said,

June 19, 2011 @ 2:56 am

[...] Using LockTight. LockTight is a free tool that will sit on your System Preferences called LockTight that gives you [...]

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Scott said,

June 24, 2011 @ 7:39 am

Any chance for a 64-bit version in the near-future?

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JD said,

July 14, 2011 @ 5:20 am

Thank you for such an awesome application. Simple to use.

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Jade Robbins said,

July 21, 2011 @ 7:06 am

LOVE this tool. Hope to see it for Lion :)

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Wouter said,

July 28, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

I’ve just tried it on Lion and it works perfectly! Thanks!

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IT Rush said,

August 3, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

Very interesting.. hope to try this one real soon. Thanks for the link.

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Mac OS X Lionの開発環境を整える | Kwappa研究開発室 said,

August 15, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

[...] LockTight for Mac OS X Intel | gkoyahttp://www.gkoya.com/2006/11/23/locktight-for-mac-os-x-intel/ [...]

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Beau said,

August 30, 2011 @ 8:50 am

Try Shift+Control+Eject

(It will turn off your monitors to save power and will require a password, if one exists, to wake up)

No tweaks or additional software are required.

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IT Rush said,

September 4, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

Nice tip Beau, hope to try this technique..

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jooize said,

September 16, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

Beau, that is brilliant! I’ve been using LockTight, but I much rather use something integrated in the OS.

If that shortcut existed before Lion it’s ridiculous that nobody seem to know about it.

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mori said,

September 18, 2011 @ 8:54 am

Thank you for such an awesome applications

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Ben said,

November 12, 2011 @ 3:09 am

Works for me on Lion. I’ve been using this app since it came out. Thanks!

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GreenVomit8 said,

December 16, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

Works for me with Lion. I’ve been looking for so long for something that does exactly this and it does it perfectly. Thanks so much : )

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» Lock your Mac OS X mhk's blog said,

April 16, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

[...] the solution. Or you can try http://www.gkoya.com/2006/11/23/locktight-for-mac-os-x-intel/ /* [...]

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brotherkevin said,

April 27, 2012 @ 5:20 am

Problem with LockTight + Synergy?

Solution: on the server, click Configure Server, go to Advanced Server Settings tab, uncheck ‘Synchronize screen savers’, click OK, click Apply (or stop/start?), should be good to go!

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said,

May 1, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

Works fine for me in Lion, only caveat is that you need to have your screensaver lock set to ‘Immediate’ or else you just get a flash of screensaver and then back to desktop..

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公開懺悔日記 » Locktightを入れてみる said,

May 28, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

[...] 他にも方法はあるっぽいけど私はLocktightを導入してみた。 LockTight for Mac OS X Intel [...]

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LockTight Secures Your Mac With A Hotkey | Lifehacker Australia said,

December 18, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

[...] LockTight [via Switching to Mac] [...]

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JimWilsonVW said,

April 18, 2013 @ 3:43 am

A way we found to get around using this on Mountain Lion (where you have to open the pref pane before itll work):

Make sure screensaver is set to require password immediately

Go to Applications > Utilities > Automator

Create new “Service”

Set to “No input” at top

Add “Start Screen Saver” from left

Save as StartScreenSaver service

Close Automator

Apple > System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services

Enable “StartScreenSaver” service (checkbox) if it isn’t already

Click to the right of the service name to set a hotkey. I use CTRL-OPT-CMD-L

If it works for you, Enjoy.

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LockTight: una combinazione di tasti per bloccare l’accesso al Mac - macitynet.it said,

May 11, 2013 @ 10:24 am

[...] La piccola utility gratuita LockTight svolge proprio questo compito: una volta scaricata e installata aggiunge un nuovo pannello un po’ spartano nelle Preferenze di Sistema da cui è possibile impostare la combinazione di tasti desiderata per bloccare l’accesso al Mac. Si tratta di una soluzione rapida e pratica per evitare sguardi indiscreti al sistema in nostra assenza, attivabile al volo per esempio in ufficio mentre ci alziamo per una riunione o per la pausa pranzo. LockTight per Mac con processori Intel può essere scaricato a partire da questa pagina Web. [...]

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Por el gusto de compartir. JC » Diferentes métodos para bloquear tu Mac said,

July 3, 2013 @ 2:07 am

[...] Descarga | Locktight [...]

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