I saw a review for a program called Empathy at Download Squad. It allows you to lock files with a password. They mentioned that this was a free version with the password feature disabled partially. You could only use a one letter password. What are they thinking?
I try out lots of free apps and I do occasionally recommend CrippleWare if it’s still useful. If there are any good alternatives I’ll mention those in the same article.
There are many free apps to let you lock down your PC and it’s applications. Below are a couple I’ve run into in the past and one I can recommend.
WindowsXpSecurityConsole – Super but mainly locks Windows resources
WinGuard Pro 2008 – NOT RECOMMENDED too many disabled features in the free edition
SaveIt! is the one I recommend if you need to lock program files.
SaveIt uses a fairly standard installer. When you launch it, you’ll be able to choose the executable file that you want to password protect. It will step you through two additional screens to get more settings from you. If you get confused about what to do at the end of each step, look in the right side panel for the link labeled Nextto advance to the next step.
When you are done, you should see the icon for your executable change to the SaveIt icon which shows a red circle with a cross-bar through it. Anyone trying to open your protected executables will have to know the password to use it.
If you decide to remove the protection on a file later, you can get to this screen (below) by launching the file and supplying the password.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
SaveIt is a simple and effective way to control who can access programs on your PC. It’s small. easy to use, and it’s free. I can recommend it without any reservations.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)