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KeyLock 2.1.0

Lock/ unlock your PC with a USB key

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $5 (Windows)
Date Updated: 29 December 2017
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Developer: Brabonet
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KeyLock
Lock/ unlock your PC with a USB key

KeyLock is a tool which allows you to lock your PC with a USB key.

The idea is that the PC works entirely as normal when a particular USB key is plugged in. Remove it, the desktop disappears and a warning screen explains what's happened. Plug it back in, the desktop returns and you can carry on where you left off.

The program offers only very basic protection. An option to launch KeyLock when Windows starts means an attacker can't bypass it with a standard reboot, but starting in Safe Mode gives them access, and they may be able to switch to another user account, too.

Still, if you just want a way to stop family or co-workers accessing your computer when you're away for a moment, KeyLock will probably be enough.

The program also seems fairly safe. Set it up originally and you're presented with an unlock code, for example - this also gives access to your system, if your USB key is lost or no longer works.

Please note, KeyLock will by default install various extra programs along with its own code. Pay close attention during setup, choose "custom installation" options and clear checkboxes to make sure you only get what you want.

Version 2.1.0 brings these changes (see full changelog):

- Added the possibility to use two-factor authentication
- Security improvements
- Bug fixes

Verdict:

KeyLock offers basic protection from casual snoopers, but nothing more - a more determined attacker will be able to bypass it relatively easily.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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