Saturday, October 6, 2007

10 "boss key" softwares to fool your boss

Do you like to browse the internet at office, chat during office hours or play games at office? Do you worry that your boss may catch you unawares during playing? Do you have to quickly close games, Internet browsers and messengers or reboot your system every time when somebody enters into a room? If your answer is yes, then what you need is a software called "boss key".

What it does basically, is hide or minimize all open windows on pressing a hotkey. The purpose of the boss key is to make it appear to superiors and coworkers that an employee is doing his or her job, when they are actually playing games or using the internet for non work-related tasks. So if your boss suddenly appears out of nowhere you can hit the hotkey and everything that you were doing will hide. The programs would still be running and you can restore them once your boss leaves. Very useful, isn't it? So here we go.

1. EfreeSoft Boss Key: EfreeSoft Boss Key allow you to hide active program window immediatlly using a hot key!You can hide the browser windows,folder windows,applications windows,all your desktop icons and taskbar when your boss or anyone else you don't want to see your screens comes in.It's speed is brought to maximum to allow you react as quickly as possible to any threat that appears. You won't feel even a slight difference in the performance of your home or office computer after installing it.With a cool and user-friendly interface makes it easy for anyone to use EfreeSoft Boss Key. Everybody should have such program for personal privacy. It's a freeware.

2. Vicman's Boss Key: Working with your PC presumes a certain level of privacy which is not easily achievable in a crowded office with inquisitive colleagues and a patronizing boss or a living-room full of over-caring and curious relatives. When writing a confidential email, entering sensitive data (such as your password) in a web form or performing other actions you would prefer nobody to watch. This is where Boss Key comes handy. Boss Key features include:
Making the active window disappear with a single keystroke
  • Setting just about any hotkey combination to suit your needs: from as simple as F3 to as complex as Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 9
  • Ability to load itself on startup
  • Ability to hide simultaneously with hiding the active window
  • Small icon in the tray; low system resources requirement
Price: $15

3. Hide Window Now: This is a utility which allows you to hide the windows, and programs which are running on your desktop, without closing them. When you don't want others to see, the programs you are running, you can hide the window in seconds. Select a mouse, or keyboard method, to hide the windows. This avoids blinking minimized buttons, that show what is active on your computer. None of your windows will be given away, by the task bar button, while the window its self is hiding. New windows popping up can be caught and hidden. The program has a user-friendly interface and consumes very little system resources. It can also protect the hidden windows with a password. You can set other options too, such as muting all sounds during hiding, specifying hotkeys and so on. You can now perform the hiding action when you need to do so without delay. Price: $19.95

4. Quick Hide: Quick Hide provides a quick and easy way for home and office PC users to quickly get sensitive materials off the screen without closing programs or losing documents. It is also password protected and hides itself from the Task list so others users can't manually close it. Some of its features are:

  • making the active window disappear with a single move, or
  • hide ALL running programs!
  • password protect QHW interface
  • hide desktop icons
  • hide taskbar
Price: $29

5. Anti Boss Key: Anti Boss Key allows you to hide and restore the windows (programs) from your screen with the press of a hotkey or a mouse shortcut. It will cover all the tracks of the running programs by hiding them also from the task bar and the system tray. In addition to that Anti Boss Key will not close the applications but keep them hidden in the background thus preserving your data at the point of interruption. All you need to do when the threat has passed is to hit the shortcut again to restore your work at the point of interruption. In addition to all that the application can mute the sound, switch the display resolution (if you was playing a game), start (bring to top if running) an application (the one you are supposed to work with) and many more.
By hiding windows you have the freedom to protect your privacy and hide sensitive information from praying eyes.  Price: $29.95, Light Edition $14.95

6. Hide Master: Hide Master is powerful but easy to use tool for hiding windows and programs. Hide Master was designed specially to provide comfortable relaxation and save your time. Now in case of unforeseen consequence you should only press Hotkey combination on the keyboard and all unwanted windows will be hidden. At a later time you will be able to return all hidden windows back to the desktop and continue your work or relaxation. Hide Master allows you to hide windows and groups of windows at once. Also it allows you to hide windows controls (buttons, combo boxses, listboxes, etc.) manually. This program is very useful when you need to hide several windows very quickly. Price: $24.95

7. Hide Any Window: Hide Any Window is easy to use software for hiding windows and running programs without closing them. Using Hide Any Window you can easily hide/show certain windows or programs by pressing hotkeys combinations. You can determine special rules for any window or program you want to hide/show - just make the list of windows or programs you want to hide. If you need, you can modify "Hide windows" list later- add new windows, modify or delete existing windows. Price: $14.95

8. Hide My Browser Free: This is specially for hiding only browser windows. Hide My Browser Free you can easily hide/show certain browsers windows by hotkeys or with mouse-click or from the program toolbar. Hide My Browser Free can:

  • hide Mozilla windows;
  • hide Firefox windows;
  • hide Opera windows;
  • hide Netscape windows.
Price: $0. It's a freeware.

9. Taskbar Hide: The main features of this program are:
  • Hide windows program or Close it
  • Hide icons from the system tray
  • Modify application windows order on taskbar
  • Set any program window stay on top
  • Minimize applications to tray
  • Hide taskbar or any part of the taskbar
  • Change the title and icon of any window
  • Quiet all sounds when hide program windows
  • Show window property of application, such as window handle, class name, process id etc.
  • Maximize or minimize all windows or only IE windows.
  • Automatically maximize all new windows or only new IE windows.
Price: $19.95

10. Dexpot: Now this isn't actually a boss key, just a virtual desktop manager. But along with Webcam Zone Trigger it can be used to automate the "hide windows" process. If you find it hard to press a boss key before whatever you want to hide has already been seen then this setup will solve your problems. This boss key uses a webcam to detect when the door is being opened and then it changes the desktop to what you are meant to be working on. Once the setup is in place, the program presses the hot key automatically when the door is opened and the desktop changes to the another desktop before anyone sees what was on your desktop originally. Instructions and a video demonstration is available here.

So if you want to enjoy your little escapades at office without getting fired, be ready to shell out some money and get a good boss key, or just get a freeware. Just make sure your boss isn't reading this!! 


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  2. Hide Windows Free - boss key application.
    Hide Windows Free - Hide From Prying Eyes Quickly

    This all in one boss key application can hide windows, mute sound, switch display mode, hide tray icons and more with a key or a mouse shortcut. Once the threat has passed it returns all to the state before hiding windows. There is also paid version that provides even more functionality in order to protect your privacy. A must have tool!

  3. You left out the best one: Instant Hidden Internet. It's free and works better than those listed.

  4. The last link to in the Dexpot paragraph is down but if you change the link to then it will work. I know because I own that site and made the auto boss key video but I recently changed into a podcast so the links no longer work. I might make it auto forward soon but I can't be sure anyway thanks for featuring my video.

  5. I've tried many of these softwares.
    BlindBossKey is the best I think.
    Convenient window & process selection method.
    Fast reaction and powerful hotkey setting.
    Have a try: [url=][/url]


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