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[Windows] Add a pattern lock to your computer using Eusing Maze Lock
Posted By Ashraf On March 2, 2013 @ 10:31 PM In Windows | 1 Comment
All modern smartphones and tablets have the ability to be locked with something called a pattern lock. A pattern lock is different than the typical username and password because, instead of entering a password to unlock your device, you must create a pattern on your screen. Want to use a pattern lock on your Windows computer? Eusing Maze Lock allows you to do just that.
Eusing Maze Lock allows you to lock your computer with a pattern lock. In other words, you lock your computer with Eusing Maze Lock and when you, or anyone else, wants to unlock your computer, you must enter the pattern you set — you don’t enter a traditional password.
Take note Eusing Maze Lock does not replace regular Windows login.
Also take note there is no way of recovering your pattern, so if you forget it you are in a world of hurt; you will need to boot into Safe Mode and uninstall Eusing Maze Lock if you are locked out and you forget your pattern.
Eusing Maze Lock is a program that attempts to bring the pattern locks of smartphones and tablets to Windows. And, for the most part, it does a pretty good job and is easy to use: simply install it, set your lock pattern, customize settings if you wish, and use it. Hotkeys are supported (Win + A to lock computer, Win + C to bring up Eusing Maze Lock settings) and locking/unlocking your computer is very easy. I particularly like how Eusing Maze Lock has three lock modes — normal mode, a mode that hides the pattern that you draw, and a unique mode that displays letters in a gride and you must type the letters in the shape of your pattern. (This third mode still works even if you tell Eusing Maze Lock to lock your keyboard.)
I wouldn’t recommend using this program for computers/data that require an extremely high level of security, because, as you can see from the ‘Pros’ list above, there are a handful of security loopholes scumbags can exploit to bypass Eusing Maze Lock. However, for the average Joe who simply wants to use a pattern lock for their computer, Eusing Maze Lock is a good option.
That said, however, I must question the need for anyone to use a pattern lock on a mouse-and-keyboard computer.
Pattern locks work well on smartphones and tablets for two reasons. Firstly, smartphones and tablets that use pattern lock are touch-enabled and drawing a pattern using touch is extremely easy and quick. Secondly, it is often easier, faster, and safer to draw a pattern to unlock your device rather than type in a password (depending on who you are, of course). On a mouse-and-keyboard computer neither of these two conditions hold true: it is much easier to type in a password than it is to use your mouse to draw a pattern and typically more safe too because people can usually type faster than they can draw with their mouse. Of course Eusing Maze Lock’s Dynamic Password Mode counteracts my criticism by mixing password with pattern but, really, if you are going to type in a password anyway, why would you want Eusing Maze Lock in the first place?
I can see the use of a pattern lock in Windows 8, which supports touch-enabled screens and devices. However, Windows 8 already has a native picture lock feature built-in so there is no need for Eusing Maze Lock on Windows 8.
While I see no point of a program that adds pattern lock to Windows, I can say Eusing Maze Lock does what it claims to do and does it relatively well. Since it has its fair share of backdoors that would allow a scumbag to easily circumvent the lock, I don’t recommend Eusing Maze Lock for any high security environments. However, for someone that wants a fun pattern lock on their computer, Eusing Maze Lock will get the job done.
Version reviewed: 2.1 Build 20121214
Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8
Download size: 809KB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/46 
Is it portable? No
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