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Public PC Desktop Editor's Review

More and more, access to a computer and the internet is becoming easier and easier to find. Many libraries, hotels, cafes and so on may have computers available for use by the general public. However this poses a problem to administrators, that being how to keep public computers working and secure, disallowing access to the system and modification of settings. Public PC Desktop is a piece of software which can help lock down and secure a Windows system running on a public computer, helping defend it from misuse by members of the public. The Configuration window is simply laid out with the options split up into different tabs, so using it would cause no major problems to any experienced computer users or administrators, which is Public PC Desktop’s primary target audience.

Public PC Desktop can help an administrator set up their system and desktop to work just as they like. It lets you specify what programs can and cannot run, and whether they open at logon or not. This means only one application need run if appropriate, with no further access to the system. If you only want a specific web browser to be used, or only one particular word processor for example, point Public PC Desktop to the location of the .exe file, and this can be placed in the custom Start Menu, and on the desktop as a shortcut. This is easily setup under the Shortcuts & Config tab in the Configuration window.

Public PC Desktop is different to other software that tries to achieve the same effects. Instead of purely just applying restrictions to the system, it launches a different Windows environment at startup, totally locking away the rest of the system. This means that it’d be very difficult, if not impossible for even advanced computer users to misuse the system. Public PC Desktop’s own environment is simple to use, and looks professional with limited references to the name of the software. According to the help files, without the administrator password, there is no way to unlock the system and a full Windows reinstallation is the only option.

Something I really liked about Public PC Desktop is that time codes can be issued. Time codes allow you to limit how long a user has logged on. This feature could help businesses bring in extra revenue, for example an internet cafe could charge for 1 hours internet use and sell 1 hour time code tickets. Other permanent accounts can be made which allow unlimited logon times, which could be given to staff members, or members of public at a higher price.

Finally, a feature that I like is the built in Safe Browser. Safe Browser is an alternative option to providing another internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Safe Browser works a lot better with the policies enforced by Public PC Desktop, and extra restrictions can be applied to it, such as limiting what websites can and cannot be accessed.

I’m very impressed with Public PC Desktop. I think it fulfills its purpose really well and does a great job at securing a Windows installation from accidental and intentional misuse. The price isn’t too bad, however I do feel its a little expensive, nevertheless it’d save a lot of time and effort of a system administrator enforcing and setting up local security and group policies manually. I would rate Public PC Desktop 4/5.






Public PC Desktop Publisher's Description

Use Public PC Desktop to turn your personal computer into an Internet kiosk or a public access workstation. It can be setup to completely disable access to files installed on your PC while giving full access to all necessary applications you specify. This way, you create a workstation that can be easily used in any public place, where many people have free access to it, but none of them can damage (whether accidentally or intentionally) vital system\'s files or clutter your hard disk with garbage. You can selectively enable access to any programs installed on your PC so that not only the web browser, but also any other software you specify, can be run and used. Public PC Desktop is a complete solution and is ideal for public libraries, Internet cafes, information terminals and in-store kiosks. It is also good for limiting activities of your children on your home PC so that they could have full access to the programs you specify, but have no access to the workstation itself. Public PC Desktop supports multiple security modes providing you with an ability to specify the most acceptable type of access to a locked desktop such as username and password authentication, time-locked code (that allows users to access workstation for a given period of time only) or a combination of both.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Setup an Internet kiosk or a public access PC; disable access to vital files and allow only necessary applications to be run including Internet Explorer. The program is ideal for public libraries, Internet cafes, information terminals or kiosks.

Publisher: Ixis Ltd | License: Shareware | Price: 69
Version: 7.71 | Size: 9463 KB | Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, WinOther
Released Date: 30-01-2013 | Rating: 5 | Title: Public PC Desktop

Author Url: http://www.softheap.com
Program Info Url: http://www.softheap.com/pubpcd.html
Download Url: http://www.softheap.com/download/pubpcd.zip
Screenshot Url: http://www.softheap.com/screens/pubpcdsht.gif

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