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by Download.com staff / February 27, 2009
It has a few neat tricks, but this program for password-protecting media files lacks a few crucial privacy safeguards.
Pos Multimedia Privacy Keeper's busy interface seems to hold more controls than are strictly necessary for adding password-protection. It turns out that most of the buttons are for browsing and viewing image files. Although it's actually pretty easy to lock files, a bit of onscreen guidance would make things easier the first time around. The Help file covers most processes, but it could be made easier for newbies by adding just one or two lines of explanation directly on the screen. Basically, you have three options for locking your files. One, you can simply password-protect them. Two, you can designate a dummy file that will be displayed or played if someone tries to access a locked file. Three, you can designate a dummy file and then password-protect that file as well. In each case, the file name is unchanged, so if names are descriptive, prying eyes could still get some sense of what's locked inside. The file type is changed, however, to Pos Multimedia Privacy Keeper File, which seems like a red flag that you have something to hide. Each option worked, but the password-protection of the dummy file seemed a bit excessive.
There's a 15-day trial limitation with the demo version, which is ample time to try this program. Pos Multimedia Privacy Keeper will lock certain files, but there are some security gaps that lead us to suggest you try one of the more robust options in the category.
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|Publisher web site||http://www.photopos.com|
|Release Date||December 21, 2010|
|Date Added||August 26, 2011|
|Operating Systems||Windows XP/Vista/7|
|Additional Requirements||Windows Media Player 9|
|File Name||External File|
|Downloads Last Week||4|