Best free privacy applications
ClearLock will cover the desktop with a transparent shield, providing a way to disable input to a computer while still allowing you to see what is going on. The purpose of this program is to keep away superficial attempts, it will not keep your computer/data safe from someone who is determined to get at it.
Super Sleep will make sure your monitor stays asleep until you decide to wake it up. It will hinder superficial attempts of a person to look at your screen, but if you are away, a restart is enough for anyone to have normal access to your PC.
Taskbar Control will let you hide the taskbar as long as you need, easily, with a keyboard shortcut. By using the same shortcut once more you can show / unhide the taskbar again, whenever you want.
Taskbar Labels lets you instantly turn on or off the text beside the taskbar icons.
W10Privacy is a free utility that gathers on a single tabbed panel all Windows security options that are now scattered on Windows settings in several places.
DeskLock will let you lock your computer when you leave it unattended. It shows a lock screen. To unlock the computer you must enter the correct password. All processes will continue to work while the screen is locked.
Simple Run Blocker is a free and portable program that lets you restrict access to programs and / or drives. In case that you live with others you may find this program useful, especially if your PC stays open and unlocked.
USB Blocker is a free and efficient utility that lets you control your USB ports to block storage devices, drives and sticks, without causing any problem to USB connections used by non storage devices like speakers, keyboards or mice.
AppLocker will lock access to applications you define. Preconfigured by an administrator, and facilitated by a process named ‘Black List’, AppLocker prevents execution of undesired processes. AppLocker does not lock applications by image checksum, certificates, or other airtight methods. Therefore, the lockup is not hermetic. The main goal of AppLocker is to complement Group Policy by locking certain applications by process name.
Parental Lock Guard will help you guard your PC. It cannot be stopped in any way known to most people (without administrator’s password): no close button, usual “X” buttons, no Task Manager “End process” or any “third party” software utility can shut it down!
Clicky Gone will let you hide windows from the desktop and task bar. Clicky Gone helps you protect your privacy removing sensitive materials without closing programs or losing documents. Hit the Boss Keys to hide the active window and optionally mute the sound! You can hide a window completely or place an icon in the system tray.
HideApp is capable of generating shortcuts which will start your applications in the background, without any on-screen console nor interface. You’ll just have to type the full path to the application you want to hide, and HideApp will do its work. HideApp supports .exe, .bat and .com files.
Window Sweeper will help you clean up the history of your activities on a computer. With just one click Window Sweeper allows you to remove Internet and computer traces, browser history, cookies, index.dat files, typed URLs and more. It also offers support for many 3rd party applications, and can clean custom files or registry locations.
KNote supports notes encrypted with bank-grade security.
iSpy is compatible with the majority of webcams and IP cameras. It can be used for small business security, home and neighborhood watch, kids checking, desktop monitor, nanny-watch… It features facial recognition and detection of changes in lighting and audio. All you need is a webcam or IP camera connected to your computer or network. iSpy shows live view.
Mouse Lock dims your desktop while blocking your mouse cursor to the centre of the screen! Sensitive information may still be visible, if you decide not to make the screen completely black. Mouse Lock would be much better if it included a keyboard lock option.
ContaCam detects motion and sends notifications. It is an efficient surveillance system, that includes recording and motion detection, relying on a password protected integrated web server to stream video content. Live webcams can monitor the activity inside your house, your shop and virtually, anywhere you’ve got them. Streaming and recording the content that’s being captured by such devices requires the assistance of software such as ContaCam. The program is able to monitor a stream for changes (motion detection) and take immediate action (FTP uploads, email notifications or running external programs) once a breach is detected.
Lock PC Now shows a black screen and disables Windows hot keys. You can lock your PC using a hotkey or from the system tray. To unlock the computer you must enter the correct unlock password. Lock PC Now can log invalid password entry attempts.
AdminDeviceLan will let you block devices on a computer network. Features: Block CD-ROM (DVD-ROM), FDD (Floppy disk), Flash drive, prohibit recording on a flash drive; Synchronize time and date for network computers; Reboot and switch off computers entering into a network; Batch job performance on several computers.
Easy File Locker will let you protect private files and folders. Users ignoring your password will not be able to open, read, modify, delete, move, copy any locked file or folder, not even see it. Hidden files or folders will be invisible to all users and to all programs, even under Windows Safe Mode.
Tor prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your computer or smartphone and its Internet gateway.
TrayEverything will let you have a program disappear into the system tray. Its main window shows a list of currently open programs with their associated windows, from which you can minimize to tray whatever you want. You can also choose not to show an icon even in the system tray, or hide a window using a password.
Magic Boss Key, to hide the active window Magic Boss Key is a freeware that will let you hide the active window of a program immediately using a hot key. You can hide browser windows, folder windows, applications windows, desktop icons and the taskbar when someone comes in the room.
Datum Locker will let you keep account credentials and note taking which are deemed sensitive. Its strength comes from the use of an undocumented mathematically sound cryptographic algorithm to securely store your data on disk in addition to presenting an intruder with random semantics for the omittance of a valid key.
Baby Smash will lock your keyboard and mouse (including the Windows Key, as well as Ctrl-Esc and Alt-Tab). As babies smash on the keyboard, colored shapes, letters and numbers appear on the screen. Note that the program is unable to lock the special keys of Microsoft (and perhaps similar) keyboards.
Game Protector will let you lock with a password any executable, of a game or of a program. You can use Game Protector to secure sensitive applications, prevent your children from playing a specific game, or even disguise your games and let them seem like word or excel documents, etc, by changing automatically their icon and name.
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