Sofervise is a free software to password protect the applications and programs on your computer. If someone tries to execute a program that is password protected, they will be prompted for a password. You can choose which programs you want to password protect. Sofervise is completely free.
I have already written about how to create a secure area on your disk to protect your documents, and how to password protect your folders. Sofervise is an interesting security addition by password protecting your applications themselves.
Here are a few uses that I can think of Sofervise:
- Some applications charge on pay per use. You can choose to password protect those so that no one else can execute those.
- You might have some programs that you might not want your kids to mess with. For example, you might be using JStock to keep track of your Stock Portfolio, and do not want someone else to change settings of that, or even see your Portfolio.
- Just for fun.
Apart from password protecting applications, Sofervise also lets you specify HotKey for your favorite programs so that you can quickly launch them by pressing some hot keys. I would, though, prefer to use some interesting app launcher for that, like CircleDock or Launchy.
Sofervise is very easy to use, and completely free. Make sure that you have some good antivirus software on your system, so that some virus does not corrupts your programs.