PDA

View Full Version : Lock down keyboard and mouse



honeylaser
07-04-2003, 04:08 PM
Does anyone have any idea what security software or utility places such as Harvey Normans etc use on their PCs to lock down showroom machines and prevent people from trashing them? I need a lockdown utility, mainly just to lock down the keyboard, mouse and power button so that you need to enter a combination of keys to unlock, and a program or demo can still be visible in the background running (in other words, no - we won't use windows screensaver!).

Detaching the keyboard & mouse is not a possibility. I have found a couple of free/shareware programs which look OK at first glance, but two of them didn't work on XP and thus I couldn't test them on my PC to find out if they are decent. The machine the program will be on is probably a W2000 or XPP. I did find one called "Simple Desktop" which is a taskbar based shortcut program for doing things like changing your resolution etc. It contains a mouse/keyboard freeze shortcut, but to get around it all you need to do is C-A-D! How useless!

Here's hoping one of you knows of a program. Money is not really a problem, so doesn't have to be freeware.

Thanks :D Jayce

Kame
07-04-2003, 04:54 PM
Such places as Harvey Normans do not have sufficient security on their computers, they use the standard Windows Screensave Password Protection. All you have to do is set the screen saver up to turn on and requires a password and that's it.

There is only so much protection you can do with people who have direct access to your computer.

Kame
07-04-2003, 05:05 PM
I'm not sure what the purpose of it is for other than demostration purposes.

What is it that you are trying to show off? Just what's on the screen?

You could try wireless/cordless do everything remotely approach to it.

Merlin
07-04-2003, 05:13 PM
2000 or XP?

Create a group and set permissions and security based on your requirements.

Create a user and drop into the group

Logon using the user.

honeylaser
07-04-2003, 07:28 PM
Sorry guys - more info. It's for a customer of mine, who uses a PC at trade shows with some sort of demo running on it (not sure exactly what). Basically, they want to be able to walk away without having to fear that someone will get keyboard happy and do some damage (though I would have thought theft would be a bigger problem!).

I am assuming as it is a newish PC it will have either 2kPro or XP Pro on it.

I'm asking on behalf - this is what they've requested but I wouldn't have a clue!

Cheers for your help so far
Jayce

sc0ut
07-04-2003, 07:40 PM
i work in a net cafe
we do that lock keyboad and mouse HOWEVER
if you Alt-Ctr-Del you the 2000 option comes up
it is not fully foolproof, because we do it on the network
we make a user and disable Task Manager (to prevent them from Ending Task)
once you run the program you wont beable to unlock it ;) you will have to logout and log back in
drop me an e-mail if you wnat the script

somebody
07-04-2003, 10:34 PM
The easiest option is for your client to simply unplug the keyboard/mouse, and leave the demo running. There might be some registry tweaks somewhere which would do it.

I remember finding a free program somewhere which would lock down everything, except for whatever program is running. If you tried to do anything, push any keys, it would make you enter a password. I forgot what it was called though.

sc0ut
07-04-2003, 10:42 PM
>unplug the keyboard/mouse
NEVER UNPLUG A PS2 MOUSE
i have been warned again and again against unplugging &/or replugging a PS2 mouse back in a motherboard
i know someone who destoyed his Gateway P3 this way, lukely it was still under waranty

honeylaser
08-04-2003, 11:51 AM
> The easiest option is for your client to simply
> unplug the keyboard/mouse, and leave the demo
> running. There might be some registry tweaks
> somewhere which would do it.

As I stated (and as has been pointed out) that is not an option. I don't wish to be responsible for a stuffed mobo.

> I remember finding a free program somewhere which
> would lock down everything, except for whatever
> program is running. If you tried to do anything, push
> any keys, it would make you enter a password. I
> forgot what it was called though.

Thats exactly what we are looking for. If anyone can think of it's name that would be great! Like I said, if it costs that's OK.

csinclair83
08-04-2003, 12:23 PM
y dont u just go in and ask them what their secrets are...

anyone can bypass the security by turning computer off and back on again...only if tower is there... so yeah hide the tower too :D

Graham L
08-04-2003, 03:34 PM
I'd use the standard computer security device. A locked door. Have a solid box made, which holds the computer box, the keyboard and the mouse. Put the monitor on top (or on a wall bracket). A hinged front panel gives access. Close the panel and lock it, and fickle fingers can't fiddle and invoke fate.

somebody
08-04-2003, 05:50 PM
if you use a USB keyboard/mouse however.....

I will keep looking in my stash to try and find that program

Murray P
08-04-2003, 06:33 PM
http://www.ded.co.uk/news_item3.html

Is something like this the answer?

Cheers

Murray P

Murray P
08-04-2003, 06:38 PM
http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/4162.html

http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/2470.html

http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/5470.html

last one looks promising

Cheers

Murray P

Murray P
08-04-2003, 06:41 PM
Reload :8}

http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/5470.html

http://www.sofotex.com/download/software/2470.html