Kill vs. Hide

HEADS UP: 

Hiding makes the application disappear but does not automatically mute the speakers.  If you want something that has sound to disappear, be sure to also choose Mute Speakers at the bottom of the Countermeasures dialog.

What’s great about Kill:

  • No stress.  There is no way a killed program can come back in anyway until you start it again.
  • You don’t have to remember to mute your speakers
  • It’s really fast and effective
  • You can reopen the program in front of someone.  For instance you can reopen chat, but not use the same log in as your private chat account.

What’s not cool about Kill:

  • If you use it on an unsaved document (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), your unsaved changes will be lost.

What’s great about Hide:

  • You have an option to password protect StopWatch so that no one can reveal your hidden program without the password by using Hide Securely in stead of plain old Hide.
  • You can get back to your program super-fast by right clicking the StopWatch icon in your system tray in the lower right corner of your screen, and choosing reveal.
  • You can reveal all your hidden programs or just one hidden program you don’t mind showing to the particular person who has entered your area.
  • You can mute your speakers when you hide.
  • It’s very James Bond watching go invisible.  It also makes the programs icon disapoear from the task bar at the bottom of your screen.  Cool, right?.
  • And watching programs reveal so fast is very cool too.  It’s very magician-esque, now you see it, poof, now you don’t

What’s not cool about Hide:

  • You might feel stress knowing that something you’re trying to keep private is still running somewhere.  It’s there, even though you can’t see it, like a ghost, haunting you!  Possibly making you act tense, and arousing suspicion.  Just speaking from our experience!
  • If you forget to mute your speakers on a program that has any kind of audio, it’s humiliating and dangerous when the wrong person steps into your space.  Imagine scrambling to mute your speakers manually in front of that person–GUILTY!  Using earphones or headphones is a wise secondary precaution.

Choose OK when you’re done selecting your countermeasures.  After the dialog closes you can see the program you’ve made private in the box to the right.

To modify your triggers or actions, simply click on your private program in the box, and then click the Triggers, or Actions button.  Note that every time you open Triggers or Actions to modify them, StopWatch clears your previous settings.  We’re curious to know if you like that or not?  Just click the customer service button above to contact us.

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