Sharing a computer with children can be a great way for them to get started early on. It does however raise a few concerns that have to be addressed. One area of concern are games. Everyone can play games on a computer if they are installed on it. Sure, there are the parental controls in Windows but most parents don't know about this feature or feel that it is to complicated to setup. Another option are to use different user accounts to make sure children can't access inappropriate files or games on their system.
Game Protector can be the solution here. (There are many others like creating separate user profiles for example). The application can password protect any executable that you select. While it is called Game Protector it can virtually protect any other executable as well. Usage is simple and straightforward.
You browses to the folder the executable is stored in and select it in the file browser. You then enter a password to protect the file from users who do not have the proper authentication. It is also possible to change the icon of the executable and to rename it if you want to add some form of disguise to the program.
A click on Protect will protect the executable with the password. The main interface contains options to create a backup first and to unprotect a previously password protected executable.
A password box is displayed whenever a protected executable is launched. Entering the password will start the executable normally while the wrong password will simply display the form again. One advantage of this service is that Game Protector does not have to be running in the background to protect the executable.
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