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No encryption capabilities here

Restrict access to Windows' settings with easily set check boxes.

Oddly placed under the Encryption Software category, this app merely serves to restrict common resource settings. With an easily navigated file tree-style interface, Security Officer for Windows does make it easy to set the restrictions. The program's Help file may explain the program's functions to experienced users, but it does nothing to explain the consequences of the restrictions. This is use-at-your-own-risk software.

Each user set up on the system gets a tree of restriction categories, and you merely need to open the category to see a list of restriction check boxes. Users can scroll through shell restrictions, control panel applets, and Internet Explorer security. Many restrictions are available through Windows commands, and most are accessible through numerous freeware tweaking applications.

The app does include two other features that are useful for lab managers and system administrators. The User Working Time feature makes it very easy to set a schedule for user log-in times. However, users are restricted to one time period per day. A simple log of user log-on and log-off times is also easily set, although the information is merely saved in a text file.

Security Officer for Windows does make changes quick; most are immediately implemented after a Save command, but some require a system restart. That ease of use makes this program helpful to experienced users wanting a simple system restriction tool. The 30-day trail period gives users plenty of time to test this app.

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