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Protect Your Computer from “Little Hands” with KidSafe

Are you looking for a way to keep your computer, settings, and files safe around young children that love to “play” with the keyboard? Then you will want to take a look at KidSafe.

Note: There are two versions currently available…a regular zip file setup and a portable apps version. For our article we are using the portable.

Setup

The great thing about the newest version of KidSafe is that it comes in that wonderful portableapps.com format so that it can go where you go.

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The “Program Folder” has the usual contents…just place the folder in an appropriate or convenient location, create your shortcut and you are ready to go.

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Since this software is still new to the portable apps format you will see this when the program starts…but do not panic or worry. The program worked very well on our system.

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KidSafe in Action

As soon as your start KidSafe your screen will be “covered” while setting the program up. Notice that there are two menus (Tools & Help) in the upper left corner. Accessing the options in the “Tool Menu” will require the password that you will set up for KidSafe…so no worries about a young child simply going in and changing your settings to gain entry without the password.

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A closer look at the active part of the screen shown above. Click on “OK” to get started with the options/setup.

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There are three options/setup windows for KidSafe. Here in the first one you can change any settings that you feel necessary for keys, keyboard combinations, Task Manager access, etc. On our system we definitely “locked” the “Windows Key” since it was not a keyboard combination…

Note: Highlight/select existing entries from the right side to change them.

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If you are wanting more information about a particular setting simply hover your mouse over the yes/no blank and a tooltip with a description of what the setting does will appear.

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The second window will let you choose the “KidSafe Mode” that best suits your needs. You may also choose a specific wallpaper background (.bmp, .jpg, or .png format) if desired or let KidSafe use a default one (leave it blank).

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Here are the “KidSafe Mode” choices available in the drop down menu.

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The final window will be where you set up your password for KidSafe. Click “Finish” once you are done.

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As soon as you click “Finish” in the options/settings KidSafe will be active. We gave the keyboard a “pretty rough go” on our system and KidSafe did a perfect job. The only way we got back into the system was to use the password…

Note: This is not the default wallpaper for KidSafe.

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To unlock KidSafe you will need to enter your password and click on “OK”. Hitting “Enter” will not work…

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Conclusion

If you have been looking for a good program to help keep your computer safe from those “little hands” that love to play with keyboards, then you might want to give KidSafe a try.

Links

Download KidSafe (Exe & Portable Versions) *New Homepage

Download KidSafe PortableApps Version (Software Homepage) *Old Homepage

Download KidSafe Zip File Version (Softpedia)

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  • Published 01/20/10

Comments (6)

  1. Ryan Sullivan

    Or Windows + L works too.

  2. Vince

    Why wouldn’t you just use the Windows screen saver and set to require a password?

  3. JM

    have to agree with Vince & Ryan here, why bother with 3d party software?
    * Just set a screensaver with password;
    * add a password to your windows account
    * hit “windows logo” + L

  4. computerfreaker

    I’m the developer of KidSafe, and I’d like to say thank you for featuring it! I really appreciate that.
    Just a quick FYI: after several requests from various users, we’re getting ready to move to Google Code. After the move, you’ll be able to find KidSafe at http://code.google.com/p/kidsafe/

    @Ryan, Vince: KidSafe has more features than Windows + L or the Windows screen saver. Like a screen saver, KidSafe can be customized to run after a certain period of inactivity; it also supports a hotkey and a tray icon. Windows + L can cut off some processes (e.g. it always pauses my virus scanner and turns off my wireless Internet); KidSafe doesn’t do that. The Windows screen saver requires a period of inactivity – hard to get if a little kid if pounding your keyboard – but KidSafe’s hotkey and tray icon make instantly locking your machine easy.

  5. godey

    @coputerreaker. is it possible to lock the CD rom tray with kidsafe. My daughter love ejecting the cdroom and having fun with it.

  6. computerfreaker

    @godey: It hadn’t been possible to lock the CD tray with KidSafe, but I’ve added that capability to the latest version. Thanks for the feature request!

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