Predator is a chunk of software designed exclusively for Windows – and perhaps those who want the novelty of acting like Agent 007. But, in all honesty, that is this software will ever be – a novelty. And, correct me if I’m wrong, a novelty is simply something that seems great at first, but slowly wears off to become something of a nuisance the more you use it.
Now your probably wondering what Predator does, or why it is a novelty. Well… remember how in all of your crime show movies the protagonist has a USB drive or some other key that they simply plug in their computer to unlock it… well that’s what Predator is. It stores a small file (or key, as it likes to call it) onto your USB, and when that file is not longer located on that USB then it locks your computer. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? It also disables the keyboard, mouse and other hardware for a period of time when the USB is removed. And to top this all off, if you somehow lose your USB drive, then you can manually access the computer by typing in a password by enabling the keyboard by pressing the spacebar numerous times. Oh, did I forget to say that it logs all entries and play an alarm if the password is incorrectly put in?
Still sound cool? Well…
The Interface isn’t all that great…. In fact, its borderline terrible.
Some of you might remember those Windows ME or even 95 menu’s that looked so great back then… but nowadays look like crap. Sorry to cut you short of your dreams where everything works as like in the movies, but when it comes to the interface it just isn’t there.
Here, have a quick look for yourself.
The Manual Password Input Method Isn’t As Secure as the Default Windows One.
Predator uses its own type of password protection that isn’t as secure as the Windows screen. It also doesn’t look nearly as nice or visually appealing either. It seems apparent so far that in terms of looks Predator is far, far behind the modern, high resolution looks that we come to know, like, and above all, expect from software, albeit even’s if its freeware. If you are constantly going to the manual password, then this simply isn’t for you – clicking Control-L is a lot quicker, effective and secure than using some third party protection that offers surprisingly little protection. And in what way would this benefit you? In all honesty it would just be a drain on resources, power and the time it took you to install, tinker with settings and finally configure the USB would all be completely pointless. Not to mention the frequent use of a USB Port (this much) would render the USB port completely useless over a considerable amount of time.
It Doesn’t Recognise a USB Drive if You Unlock Your Computer Manually
Say you forget your USB for some reason, and unlock the computer manually. You are inside your workspace, doing productive things. You then find the USB somewhere, insert it into the USB hub, and then forget about it. You follow you normal routine, and take the USB out after your normal days work, expecting the computer to lock itself. But it doesn’t. That is because every time that you unlock your computer with a generic password you are in fact disabling the use of your USB as a physical key, and instead have to re-enable it. Every single time.
The Software Takes Up to 30 Seconds to Realise that Your USB is Gone.
I know a thing or two about coding, and I know that if this was a Windows feature (i.e. one built into Windows) it would not take 30 seconds to register that your USB drive has been removed. I wonder then, why does it take Predator so long to realise that your USB is gone, and then for some reason it doesn’t happen to lock your computer, then you’ve already left. Not simply a minor bug, but a potential security hole that others in near proximity could easily exploit.
The Software Completely Locks Your Computer After 20 Seconds With Manual Input
When you manually input your password, it gives you a twenty second countdown to type in your password. Mistype your password incorrectly three times during that period, or miss the twenty second period, and your computer automatically locks up all hardware and goes into freak mode. Heck, it even goes to the trouble of shooting out a high frequency – annoying – alarm that rattles through those computer speakers of yours. And to make it even worse, after this happens there is literally no way to get back into your computer. The program has even gone to the effort of disabling your keyboard, mouse and other input methods, but the most important thing is that Control Alt Delete method will no longer work. Even if you have valuable information open on your computer, unsaved, the only option now is to restart your computer the old, forceful way.
The USB Drive is a Physical Key to Your Computer
Literally anybody with access to your USB drive can log into your computer, and that doesn’t even require the person to know anything about you, your password or even what security measures you have in place. And trust me – use this in a workplace or in public, people will know how you log into your computer, and if people see that it’s just a USB Drive, well you could probably say goodbye to that USB drive of yours. And the thing is, half the time if you use your USB like you normally would, it would corrupt it because part of it would always be in use. Therefore the only way to not damage your USB would be to use it only for that purpose, and seeing a twenty dollar price tag next to the applications name would make you think twice – why then would you buy free software that needs an expensive accessory to make it work. It’s nearly exactly the same as saying free coke, except you need to purchase a glass that costs $5, a little pointless right.
Don’t forget that the software is not entirely free, it requires a USB even if you can still use that USB like you normally would. And the drain of resources (however small) that the program uses. And what help would it give you – in most cases you would resort to the manual method, only to be locked out because of the twenty second limit.
Oh, did I forget to mention to not install Predator?