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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

Coolest paper airplane ever and the plane nut who built it (Q&A)

There are airplane nuts, and then there is Luca Iaconi-Stewart. Since 2008, the now 22-year-old has been crafting a scale-model of a Boeing 777-300ER. Out of manila folders.

Though he took off two years from the project while he was in school, Iaconi-Stewart has pretty much devoted his time to the plane, and it shows. Looking at photos of the model, even most aviation buffs would be impressed at the level of detail he achieved. There's tiny seat-back video screens, overhead compartments, galleys, landing gears, tail cones, and meticulously made engines. Again, all out of manila folders.

Some might … Read more

Box gives you a great interface for viewing and storing files in the cloud

Box is a free file-sharing and storage cloud app akin to Dropbox, offering several useful features and a clean interface that's incredibly easy to navigate. At the time of this review, Box is bumping up the storage to 50GB of free space for iOS users, so if you're looking for a cloud storage app, now is the time to grab Box.

Though the app has been available for a few years now, the latest version of Box is a complete redesign of the interface for iOS devices, making all the most common actions easy to get to. The … Read more

Review: Folder Factory for Mac makes folder customization as easy as drag and drop

Folder Factory for Mac allows you to drag and drop images and folders onto the app screen to customize the folder almost instantly on your desktop or in your file folders. While the app doesn't offer a lot of options or features beyond the image customization, it makes up for the lack of variety with sheer speed. This is a very quick app, allowing you to customize nearly any folder on your computer in just seconds.

After installation, open the app and you can immediately start customizing folders. There will be three empty spots onscreen. One is for the … Read more

Review: Folder Vault locks and hides your files and folders away from prying eyes

Folder Vault is a fine file and folder locker by most definitions, thanks to its abundant style and security. It will keep your private and sensitive files away from even the savviest prying eyes, provided you're good at making secure passwords.

When starting Folder Vault for the first time, you'll be asked to create a secure password. Once you set your password and log-in, the program welcomes you with a nifty animated interface that does a neat opening and closing animation every time you open it. You can drag and drop files and folders right into the main … Read more