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Screen Keeper (Computer Monitor Privacy Protector)
The Screen Keeper is a personal, automated, computer privacy system, which blanks and locks your computer screen when you are away from your system. While most other system systems lock your computer based on the amount of time since the last activity, the Screen Keeper system is based on proximity. Walk away from your system and it will automatically blank the screen and lock out input. Come back and it automatically unlocks and restores your computer screen!
The Screen Keeper system comes with a dongle receiver, which plugs into your computer's USB port. A small, low-power RF transmitter can be attached to your clothing or put into your pocket. Whenever you are within a few meters of your system it will be active and you can use it normally. Whenever, the transmitter moves to 4-9 meters away, your screen is automatically blanked and the system locked to prevent tampering.
The distance at which the system is locked and blanked is adjustable over three ranges (short, middle, long). The software also allows you to let the monitor go into power-saving standby mode whenever you are away for the specified amount of time. The transmitter device will also go into power-saving standby mode whenever you are away for a while. To reset the device, simply turn it off, then back on and it will be ready to activate your system whenever you are within the appropriate range.
The single CR2025 battery in the transmitter device will last about a year, based on a standard 5-days/week, 8-hours/day work schedule. For best results, the receiver dongle should be placed on top of the desk, next to the keyboard, which may require the use of a USB extension cable.
- Intel Pentium 4 or higher processor, 1GB RAM
- 10MB free hard disk space
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
- Windows XP SP3 or Windows 7
Under- HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run add a new String Value: (name does not matter) Value data: "%ProgramFiles%\SafeBoot Tray Manager\SbTrayManager.exe"
PROS: Excellent price. Simple to use.
CONS: The dongle has to be fairly 'line-of-sight' with the transmitter, it can be easily blocked by anything. It hangs from my next with the supplied lanyard, and if I turn to the side or place a body part in front of it, the screen saver gets activated. Although, just remove the blockage and you are back where you left off.
PROS: Works Great, I keep my keys in my pocket and when I walk out of my office, It locks the PC! Simple as that!
PROS: 1. Easy to use and install.
2. Keeps files relatively safe (there must be a way to hack this but most are not advanced computer users.
3. Good design and small enough to take anywhere.
4. Multiple frequencies means you can have as many of these as you want.
5. If you battery dies or you loose you remote then you still have the password option.
CONS: 1. The actual remote could be smaller but it easily is hid behind your tie when using the lanyard (This is not really a con but its not a pro either.....Personal preference. I would like to see the smaller Screen Keepers in stock).
PROS: Locks your screen automatically when you walk away from your computer and unlocks it when you return. Each usb interface and remote are keyed uniquely so, no two sets will unlock each other.
CONS: Sometimes locks my screen for a few seconds, even when the sensor is close to the receiver. Antivirus programs may block the software because of "suspicious behavior".
PROS: Works as listed with different distances and a screen lock.
CONS: Requires software with minimal features. Devices causes the screen to flicker at times, more so when placed in a pocket rather than around the neck.
PROS: Works as advertised. Provides privacy and some lower level security. Really helps when you get a call and have to leave immediately and forget to lock your computer properly. I find the range is not nearly as far as advertised, but that is a plus in my book as I don't want my screens on once I leave the office. If I am out in the hall I want the screens off.
CONS: The range is not as far as advertised. It might be that way in an unobstructed environment, but in a real world office situation, I find that I have much reduced range. Still works well as I don't want it unlocking my screen when I am not in my office. The other issue I had was when I remoted into my computer from home and could not remember then screen keeper password. My bad.
PROS: Pros: Inexpensive.
Small form factor.
CONS: Cons: Body interference. As mentioned by another reviewer, your body can consistently block the signal causing the lock to engage.
PROS: Does what it's supposed to, works consistently.
CONS: if the lock module is in your shirt pocket, crossing your arms can block the signal (even on high range) enough to lock the screen.
PROS: Easy to use, small, pretty much what I was looking for. Though, wish it worked off my phone's bluetooth for a proximity data.
CONS: In Windows 7 the screenkeeper can be defeated in some cases. Also, the top lid unglued from being in my pocket (moist and sweaty environment), now need to put it on crazy glue.
I was looking for extra security guizmo, that would still require password. But would make sure it locks computer when you leave. A physical device that you'd need on top of the basic usual password. Making a workstation 2-factor authentication station.
PROS: Screen saver when you leave..
Require password if you don't have the device with you.
CONS: Logs back in when the device gets closer to computer.
It's privacy for your screen, when you are away.