Simple Desktop Lock
There are various applications out there that promise to keep your desktop safe while away from your desk. One of them is Simple Desktop Lock, a very easy to use application that does exactly what its name suggests: it locks the Windows desktop and blocks unauthorized access.
Suitable for beginners and experts alike
One of the best things about Simple Desktop Lock is that it is safely addressed to all types of users, as beginners should have absolutely no problem trying to figure out how to use it since everything's so intuitive.
Multiple lock screen styles
Configuration is just minimal, so users are only requested to pick a password to lock the computer, but also set up the style of the lock window, which can be either a solid color, a picture, a movie or a Flash movie.
Improved security measures
Additionally, Simple Desktop Lock enables you to use a background sound, but also to disable some important bypass methods such as Taskbar, Task Manager and some critical key combinations, including Alt+Tab, Alt+Esc and Ctrl+Esc.
Can get a little confusing
While everything works okay even on Windows 7 and 8, there's one thing to be mentioned here. Simple Desktop Lock provides no information on the way you can unlock the computer, so may end up with a completely locked system that has to be restarted to close the application.
Far from being a pro of its kind
We've tested the app on Windows 7 and 8, and besides the fact that there was no way to unlock it, Simple Desktop Lock still allowed us to work on the system, but without the aforementioned bypass methods. In other words, we had no access to the Start Menu, the Taskbar or Task Manager, which are indeed the easiest ways to close the app.
All things considered, Simple Desktop Lock is only a basic application that doesn't manage to do its job as it should, so users may have a hard time working with it. Plus, there's no help file included in the standard package, which is terrible in case beginners get themselves into trouble and need assistance on one of the built-in features.
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