UKey is a simple program whose function is to lock your computer using an additional password. The main feature of the application is the ability to use a pendrive as key. Literally.
No, you will not put the stick and rotate it (do not do this, it will ruin the USB port!). The issue is that the UKey installs a file that, when identified, automatically removes the lock.
While it is an interesting feature, is relatively dangerous to use only the pendrive as key, without also setting a password. If you miss, for example, it is virtually impossible to access the PC again by traditional means: the Windows Task Manager is locked, and the arrow keys and the mouse pointer does not work.
Once installed, do not be alarmed with the interface UKey: its elements appear gray but are not blocked, the normal interaction is possible. The settings window has three areas: the first defines a password to allow access to the application and which is also used to unlock the computer.
The second quadrant lets you select the drive letter that represents your USB stick: select “Crear Acceso Ullave” and enter a password to add the file able to unlock your computer, then saved the changes, remove the stick, inserting it again when the lock screen appears. Finally, in the options there when choosing the system must be stopped.
The UKey interface is quite simple and has few options, which not only helps you better understand what is written in full screen, as well as access options more easily. Moreover, fewer alternatives means a limitation in settings, so you may not be able to leave the program running the way would find it more convenient.
Unlike other tools of the genre, not UKey presents a simple way to circumvent its operation. Once activated, there is no way to terminate your process or close the software otherwise. One available option is to use Ctrl + Alt + Del to exit the current user account and login to another, uninstalling UKey to remove protection. While this may not work, it’s a chance to unlock the PC in case of loss of password or pendrive.
The operation of unblocking using a pendrive is automatic: while you can not even enter the password for the lock, it is removed instantly using the USB port, something very practical. While it is interesting to use pendrive as key is dangerous because you can lose it and go through a huge inconvenience.