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Password Protect Programs

11 Set/09

windows softwareIt might be necessary to password protect programs – and other files – if other people have access to a computer system. This can be true for families who share one computer system but also in dorms and even for businesses. The password protection should ensure that a certain program is not executed on a computer system without supplying the password first. This can be to protect certain programs from being executed while not at the computer system, e.g. limiting access to World of Warcraft, Internet browsers, other games or executables.

Desklock is a simple application for the Windows operating system that can be used to password protect programs. It places an icon in the system tray after startup which can be right-click to open a context menu with option to configure the programs that should be password protected. The default password to access the settings and password protected programs is 2.

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The main menu with all password protected programs will be displayed after entering the right password in the form. The same password prompt will be displayed if a user tries to open a protected program.

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Additional options can be configured for each program including hotkeys, transparency and to hide the program icon when the program gets minimized by the user. How safe is the password protection? Desklock appears in the Windows Task Manager from where it can be killed easily with the appropriate rights. Terminating the process would enable access to all password protected files. It is therefor recommended to install this software on limited user accounts that do not have admin rights to kill processes.

Desklock is available at the developer’s website.

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