Please note: Watchmac has been discontinued.

Clever surveillance for your Mac.


Your Mac can already stop unwanted access out of the box, but sometimes you might just want to know when someone tries to circumvent these measures. This is where Watchmac comes into play:

Watchmac monitors your Mac for possible infringements. For instance, when someone tries to unlock your screensaver but fails to enter the correct password, Watchmac will record this event and can even take pictures using the built-in (or an externally connected iSight).

And remember: Some intruders are even in the family. Even though you probably wouldn’t count your children among them, Watchmac is nevertheless a great tool for detecting when your children don’t play by the rules.

Sensors Galore

Watchmac is equipped with a full array of versatile sensors detecting all kinds of unauthorized use of your Mac. These sensors leverage the powerful technologies built into Apple’s latest and greatest products – but Watchmac also works on any older Mac running Leopard.

Watchmac notices when someone moves your MacBook, PowerBook or iBook, Watchmac will detect this as well.

Or when someone removes the battery from your MacBook, PowerBook or iBook computer or even when someone unpluggs the power cord – this can be used to stop intruders on Macs that aren’t equipped with a hardware motion sensor!

Besides all this advanced detection technology, Watchmac will also help you get wise to intruders attemping to guess your password at the lock screen. (See below for requirements.)

If that isn’t enough, Watchmac can also alert you at any failed authentication attempt. This should have you covered against most any intrusion attempt. (See below for requirements.)

Wait – There’s More

Set and Forget

Watchmac is a set-and-forget solution. Just turn it on and leave the rest to Watchmac. It will inform you as soon as anything happens.

Look Back

Watchmac keeps a history of all infringements that have occured. So you don’t have to react instantly and don’t miss anything either.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Knowing when something potentially dangerous happens is great. But wouldn’t it be even better if you knew what the bad guy looks like? No problem – Watchmac will take pictures using your Mac’s iSight.

Ring a Bell

Recording infringements is great. But playing an alert sound will put the bad guy to flight. Watchmac can do just that.

Get Alerted Everywhere

Not only does Watchmac record and warn about infrignements locally – you can even have an alert email sent to you. So if your Mac gets stolen you can react immediately.

Do Anything When …

And if all those built-in reactions aren’t enough, you can even add your own! Have Watchmac run user-defined scripts when an infringement occurs and the possibilities are endless.

Download the Watchmac Automation SDK to get started!

Fully Configurable

If you wish, you can make Watchmac work just the way you want it to. Choose what infringements Watchmac will observe and how it will handle them. But if you don’t want to, you need not even change preferences once. It just works – out of the box.

Full Control

For perfect integration Watchmac supports AppleScript, so your data isn’t locked into Watchmac – after all it’s your data.

Watchmac even integrates with the Terminal, so you can control Watchmac from a script. Maybe you want to turn it on and off on a schedule.

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Download Watchmac

Watchmac is not available for purchase anymore. Existing customers can still download a copy to use with their licenses.

Download Watchmac 1.7 (requires OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later)

Watchmac 1.7 Release Notes

Still running OS X 10.5 Leopard? Download Watchmac 1.6.4

Watchmac Help

To find help and further information on Watchmac consult the built-in help of Watchmac on your Mac by choosing Watchmac Help from the Help menu in Watchmac or from the More submenu of Watchmac’s menu bar icon. You can also check the bloo7 Knowledge Base.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard, 10.5.4 or later recommended). Monitoring authentication is fully supported on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) only. Screen unlock authentication can be monitored on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion) when having Watchmac lock the screen.

  • For taking pictures: Integrated or external iSight (works with MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, as well as with iMac).

    For sudden motion detection, a mobile Mac with a sudden motion sensor is required. This includes MacBook, MacBook Air (Early 2008–Mid 2009 only), MacBook Pro or PowerBook G4 (Early 2005) and iBook (Mid 2005) models with a hard disk.

  • Power sensors only work on portable Macs. Power cord unplugging can only be noticed when the battery is installed. Battery removal can only be monitored on portable Macs with a user-replaceable battery.