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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
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: 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.
PROS: it showed up in my order
CONS: Software is needed from monoprice's website, but the software is missing. Tried contacting support in live chat and they couldn't find it. So I send an email and I never got any kind of response other than to ask me to rate their support.
Thank you for your review. This item should have come with a mini disc for driver and software installation. Did you not receive it? Please let me know so I can set you up for a replacement. Thank you!
CONS: It doesn't work. it only works intermittent. Install on both home and work...and neither one works properly. I have to keep restart the software in order to make it works about 10 times a day. Not worth the headache to trouble shoot this piece of junk. Monoprice remove the driver from their server, so I can't even download to fix the problem.
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.