Empathy


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 2 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.1
File Size:
180.22KB
Date Added:
October 01, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
9,210
Downloads Last Week:
5
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

Although this product password-protects executables, a demo limitation makes it useless without a difficult registration. Empathy's dialog-box-size interface uses a simple file browse selector and a couple of text entry boxes to run the app. The Help file explains usage simply and clearly, but most people will operate this app without needing any guidance.

Operating Empathy is simple and quick. You merely browse to an executable file, choose it, and enter a password twice to protect the file. This program alters the executable so that password protection follows the file no matter where it may be moved. There is an option to back up the original executable before creating the password-protected version. The demo's shortcoming is the single-character password limitation. That makes the password protection far too easy to overcome. To register the app requires users send a snail mail postcard to a Slovakia address.

This app is easy to use, and having the password protection follow the file is a plus. However, the single-character password is a deal breaker. This freeware is useless without registration, and most won't be willing to wait for the odd registration process to create more useful passwords.

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    3.0

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  • 4 stars

    "Limitations do not make it worthless"

    December 31, 2011   |   By mong00se2020

    Version: Empathy 2.1

    Pros

    ridiculously simple to install and use
    highly reliable
    works with windows 7 64-bit
    no install required
    it just works
    it is free

    Cons

    have to send a postcard to slovakia to unlock longer (aka >1 char) passwords
    no options for scheduling protection

    Summary

    The whole postcard thing is really not that bad. For the developer, it is an excellent way of verifying that you are a real person who really wants to use this program. For you, it takes about 60 seconds to create a free email account for this Slovak guy to send the unlock code to. After that, if he starts spamming porn to that address, who cares?

    However, if you want a professional, paid version, I would recommend Password Door 9 by TopLang software. It provides scheduling, is not weird and cooky, and is very polished.

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  • 2 stars

    "Limitations make it worthless"

    October 13, 2007   |   By Grandiose

    Version: Empathy 2.1

    Pros

    The concept is a good one.

    Cons

    You have to send an actual postcard to the developer, who lives in Slovakia, if you want to be able to use more than one character as a password. I haven't done it, but it might be worth doing if you feel inclined.

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