Designed to guard your PC from unauthorized access, Simple Desktop Lock's security measures are easily defeated. The program's no-frills interface lets you set up a password and gives a few aesthetic options, such as choosing background image, color, movies, or sound for the lock screen. We appreciate its assistance in disabling common bypass techniques such as the Task Manager, Alt Tab keys, and the taskbar, but this didn't prove to be adequate in offsetting the negatives. Simple Desktop Lock doesn't save user configurations, and you'll need to set up the password protection each time you want to lock your PC. It also doesn't offer quick hot keys to launch the program or lock the screen, features commonly found in similar security applications. Its weakest spot: intruders can easily disable the lock screen by merely rebooting the PC. Simple Desktop Lock proved too simple to be useful, and security-minded folks should look elsewhere for a more effective way to safeguard their PCs.
What's new in version 1
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedSeptember 12, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
The perfect answer to physical security of your desktop. Despite the name this application is in no way simple. Using multiple methods to ensure a stable secure lock this program also offers many stylish options for users. Unlike using the average dull windows login screen to lock your desktop, you can choose between four different styles of protection (solid color, picture, movie, flash). You can not only visually secure your desktop, but you can also play background music.