Monitor Your Mac With Accountable2You

In this video, you’ll learn how to install Accountable2You on your Mac so you can share your computer’s activity with accountability partners.

Video Transcript – Introduction

Hi. I’m Steve Dwire, Founder of Edify Hub.

For the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about internet accountability and how you can share the internet activity from your smartphone or computer with accountability partners.

Today we’re going to look at setting up Accountable2You on a Mac.

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If you don’t have an account with Accountable2You yet, then go ahead and go to http://edifyhub.com/accountable. That will take you to the home page for Accountable2You. You can create your own account by clicking the big blue “Sign Up” button. And when you create that account, use the promo code “edifyhub” and Accountable2You will give you an extra time on your free trial. So instead of ten days free, they’ll give you thirty days free.

Right now, let’s go ahead and log in.

And we come to the Members Center. At the Members Center, we’re going to go to the Software tab so we can download the software for our Mac. We click the Mac. And here’s the list of software that’s available.

Now you have to know what version of your Mac that you’re running, so go to “About This Mac” in the Apple menu, and it will tell you. I’m running version 10.8, so I will use the one for version 10.7 and greater. If you’re using 10.5 or 10.6, then download that one. I’ll go ahead and click this, and download the software. It comes into our downloads folder. Open that up. Launch Accountable2You. It’s an application downloaded from the internet. Open it.

So it’s asking us to sign into our account again. The first time, it was just to get to the web page so that we could download the software. This time it’s asking us what account this computer should be associated with. So we’ll associate it again with Sam Evening’s account. Then we give it a Computer Name. This is going to be the name that will show up on your accountability reports. So we’ll call this one Sam’s MacBook.

Then we click “sign in.”

So now it’s asking you to set up the accountability partners. We walked through this in the previous video. You can go to http://edifyhub.com/accountability, and look for the video about setting up accountability partners. So we won’t go through all of the details here.

Now the way Accountable2You works on a Mac is very similar to the way it works on Android or other devices. It acts as an assistive technology – much like screen readers for the blind. So we have to give it permission to see what’s going on in the other apps. Apple is just very cautious about protecting your privacy. So we’re going to go ahead and hit “Open System Preferences.” And then we need to click the button that says “Enable access for assistive devices.” This is how it looks in Mountain Lion, or 10.8. I’ll show you a little bit about what it looks like if you’re in Mavericks. Click “Enable access for assistive devices.” You have to give your password. So now we’ve enabled that access. You can close the accessibility.

And at this point, this Mac is set up. You do need to go through and set up the accountability partners. I will point out there is an icon up here in the system bar. If you click that, it just gives you a little bit of information. You can check for updates.

You could uninstall or quit Accountable2You. If you do that it will send an email to your accountability partners. So they will know if you uninstall the software.

If things don’t seem to be working, you can click the Diagnostics button. And that will just do a quick system check to see if everything’s working. And in this case, everything is successful.

So that’s what it looks like on Mountain Lion. If you’re on Mavericks, if you’ve already upgraded, then the accessibility options look a little bit different. I’ll show you what those look like. These are the System Preferences for Mavericks. Rather than being in Accessibility – you’ll notice that the Enable button is not here – the one that we looked at earlier. Instead, go to Security & Privacy. On the Privacy tab, under Accessibility, you’ll need to turn on the checkbox for Accountable2You.

So that was Mavericks. I showed you earlier what Mountain Lion looks like. On the Accountable2You website where you download the Accountable2You app, it does list out for you some of the screenshots for previous versions of MacOS.

We’ve got it installed. That’s really all we need. Now just go get your accountability partners set up with your Mac, and you’re good to go.

Thanks for watching.

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