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Protected Folder review

Protected Folder provides enhanced security for files and folders on your Windows PC, letting you safeguard against the unauthorized access of your private photos, videos, files, and more. Allowing you to set passwords, hide folders from view beyond the basic Windows settings, and more, it works well for users who want to amplify what Windows provides by default.

Pros

Easy to create layers of security: Installation of the software is quick, and you can integrate multiple layers of protection from a single interface, all accessible from your desktop.

Different levels of protection: Protected Folder allows you to lock down folders … Read more

Folder2Drive review

A neat little app, Folder2Drive lets you map your folders as virtual drives, allowing another entire new level of organization on your computer. While most computers only use letters C, D, E, and F for your drives, this app takes advantage of the remaining 22 unused letters, allowing you to link unused drives to folders on your computer.

Pros

Pleasing, customizable interface: Folder2Drive features a basic but easy-to-use interface -- all the features are easily accessible and framed in an attractive sky blue border. If blue isn't your favorite color, this app gives you a skin feature that lets … Read more

Folder iChanger review

Folder iChanger provides multiple tools for changing the icon images associated with many different files on your computer. Use one of the many included images, or import one of your own, and then just choose the files you want to assign the new icon image to, and you're ready to go. This tool can help with your organization, or just make using your desktop a little more fun.

The interface of this app is clear and streamlined, although there is no Help file available to explain the features. There aren't too many to check out, though, so it'… Read more

WinZip Mac review

WinZip gives you the ability to compress any group of files quickly, and then burn them to a disk or email them directly from the app. Through its intuitive interface, WinZip makes these features accessible to users of all skill levels, and it runs quickly and smoothly.

Pros

Excellent interface: Even if you've never used a program like this before, you'll have no problem finding your way around in WinZip. The main screen lays out your options clearly, and to add files to an archive, you can just drag and drop them in. The archive is zipped automatically, … Read more

Secure Folders review

Secure Folders provides protection for your sensitive files and documents by hiding them or locking them, and creating password-only access. No matter what you're trying to keep safe, this app gives you the tools to do it the way you want through its intuitive and streamlined interface.

While there is no Help file for this app, the controls are so straightforward that you should have no trouble finding your way around. Using the buttons at the top of the screen, you can add files by browsing from your computer. The files you select will appear in a list in … Read more

Smart Defrag review

Smart Defrag 3 hits all the notes you'd expect from a defragger, but it is too aggressive in terms of advertising. It throws recommendations for other programs at you at every turn. Still, it makes up for that pestering with performance that rivals most defrag programs for Windows.

This program tries to replace Windows' default defragmentation widget by being more advanced and offering more style, features, and customizations. We're not kidding about replacing, either -- the program will turn off your usual defragmenter and install other programs if you don't uncheck those options during install, so be … Read more

Quickly organize files into folders in OS X

If you regularly use the OS X Finder to manage your files, then you may find yourself organizing them in a classic fashion by first creating folders and then dragging items into these folders. While the final result is a classic hierarchy structure, the two-step process of creating a folder and then dragging items into it can be mundane, especially if you are organizing many files into different folders.

To help with this, OS X supports a quicker way to create a new folder containing files. Simply select your files, then right-click the selection and choose "New Folder with … Read more

FoldersPopup review

FoldersPopup lets you access any folder immediately no matter what Windows Explorer screen you're currently viewing. This feature makes navigation quick and convenient, and you can customize your folder pop-up menu to include all of the folders that you use most often to make it an even more effective tool.

This app runs from the taskbar in the lower right-hand corner of your screen when you open it, and you can access its features either by clicking the middle mouse button or by pressing Windows+K with your mouse cursor inside any Windows Explorer window. At first, the menu … Read more

Folder Size (64-bit) review

Folder Size (64-bit) is a tool that displays the total folder size for all of your folders both in Windows Explorer and in a separate list. This makes it easy to see how big your folders are, as well as what the largest and smallest folders are, without having to sort through individual documents and files to get an idea.

When you install Folder Size, it runs from your taskbar in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, and it automatically adds a column for folder size to the Windows Explorer details view displaying your file details. If you want, … Read more

Review: Folder Hidden keeps your files hidden or disguised and password protected

Folder Hidden lets you keep important files and documents hidden or disguised and password protected, either on a hard drive or USB. The interface of this app is intuitive and clean, with large buttons to perform the various functions and a clear display of information. Choose between hiding your files completely or disguising them as a recycling bin, network drive, or My Computer to keep them safe and control who has access.

The first time you open Folder Hidden, you will be prompted to create a password. After that's done, you're ready to begin securing your files. Simply … Read more