What is "Unlock on secure desktop?"

I've seen this feature for years, but I've never used it. When I search online to learn about it, all I see are people who say they miss it. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones who still have it, because I see it when I unlock 1PW. But what the heck is it? What are the pros and cons of using it? I am running 1PW on a Windows 10 computer.

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  • MikeTMikeT Agile Samurai

    Team Member

    Hi @Tom Pyzdek,

    Thanks for writing in, I've moved this thread to our 1Password 4 for Windows forum since this feature doesn't exist yet in 1Password 7 for Windows and why you saw the posts about missing it.

    Secure Unlock means that 1Password will ask Windows to create an isolated desktop where only 1Password process can run on it. It makes it a bit "more secure" to prevent malware processes from listening into 1Password process like keyloggers and stuff like that. Unfortunately, it's not a sure thing because the same Windows function that creates the isolated desktop can be compromised as well but a bit harder to do as you need admin rights and to compromise other security features in Windows that protect the system files.

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