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Easy File Locker

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Easy File Locker is a free tool for password-protecting files and folders. With it, others can't open, read, modify, copy, or delete your data without your password. Of course, neither can you, so be sure to take the usual (secure) password precautions. This tool is available in separate downloads for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, but the installation wizard won't let you install the wrong version. We tried it in 32-bit Vista and Windows 7 as well as 64-bit Windows 7, with success all around.

Easy File Locker has a very simple interface, just a menu bar and toolbar above the main window, which displayed our protected files as we added them. The toolbar basically duplicates the menu commands, such as Add File, Add Folder, and controls to change passwords, toggle the system's protected status on or off, and other functions. Adding files or folders is easy: browse to or enter a destination, select check boxes for making the file or folder Accessible, Writeable, Deletable, and Visible, and click OK or Cancel. All the attributes are selected by default, except for Visible. It's easy to see the program in action: pick a file, hide it, and then look for it. You won't see it. Toggle off the protection, and the file is visible again. When we tried to delete a file with delete protection activated, our system repeatedly demanded administrator privileges to delete the file. Toggle off, try again, file gone; that counts as "easy" in our book.

Easy File Locker doesn't add encryption algorithms or keys or any of the extras found in fancier file security software, free or not. All that stuff is available, if you need it. Try Easy File Locker if you'd rather have a simple, easy-to-use tool that can hide important, personal, or private data from prying eyes as well as protect it from various forms of mischief without requiring night classes to learn how to use it.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it, works great."

    February 6, 2014  |   By S1lent Echoes

    Version: Easy File Locker 1.4

    Pros

    Works great, as intended even for a free version.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Faulty Installation"

    June 29, 2013  |   By equalizer2010

    Version: Easy File Locker 1.4

    Pros

    none, since I cannot use it !

    Cons

    As soon as it got installed, asked for a password; I chose the cancel option because I wanted to open the program first. Now I cannot open it or unistall it, since it is asking for a password that never existed... be carefull with these "free" software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use, easy to bypass."

    August 4, 2012  |   By Kurni_ZenMaX

    Version: Easy File Locker 1.4

    Pros

    - Simple UI.
    Yes, the UI is, in my opinion, is a pro. It's clean, simple, and has no eye-catching stuffs which are not that essential for a technical person like me. So, I love the UI. The menus do a lot of things than they look like. For beginners, perhaps taking two minutes to learn and understand how the menus work is a good choice.

    - Simple and astonishing drag and drop.
    Drag and drop your files and/or folders to automatically and ultimately hide them from your eyes. Somehow they are not visible through folder options' 'Hide protected operating system files' option. Great job.

    - Click and go.
    You can easily change the preferences of any protected files and/or folders on the list just by double clicking it. There are 4 options for you to play on.

    - Less conflict.
    Since this program doesn't modify anything critical on your system, this program won't conflict with other software, except you accidentally lock the files and/or folders that are important to read from other apps.

    Cons

    - Accessible via safe mode.
    All your protected and locked files and/or folders are easily accessible via safe mode. No more locks, no more hideout. Everything is open and clear if you boot Windows in safe mode.

    - Password security lack.
    You can create an impressively long and strong master password, but you can only input the first 16 characters when you enter it to open the application or uninstall it.

    - Folders recurse lack.
    This is the most awful phenomena in EFL. Lemme give it an example:

    Let's say you HAVE this folder listed in EFL list (full access):
    C:\Review

    And for some reason you need to make this folder visible but not accessible:
    C:\Review\Downloads

    For the protection to work properly, you must edit the list like below:

    #. Path
    1. C:\Review\Downloads (visible, not accessible)
    2. C:\Review (full access)

    The root folder MUST be placed in the end of the sequence. If not, then the root and its subfolders are open, no matter you already add the rule for those subfolders.

    Summary

    In this summary, I would rather sometime use technical language.

    - Less conflict if you're using techie software(s).
    For you techie guy who loves the monitoring software, EFL would not cause any messy event for your Windows. As an example, Folder Lock refuses to open if you have Process Monitor running background. Even if it (Process Monitor) is already terminated, the Folder Lock still refuses to open, which does not let you uninstall the software itself, unless you know how to manipulate the kernel configuration. By using software like Process Monitor, you would finally find where the master password (for EFL) is stored and how (and where) the folder sequence is saved and stored.

    So, my conclusion is, for you simple and techie people needing simple protection and do not want conflict with your hacking softwares, this prog is somehow useful. Don't mess around with file encryption software if you don't want to end up of files locked forever (not forever, just if you can find where the wallet is).

    Hope my review helps you protecting your files and/or folders. Best of luck, then.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very handy and easy to use"

    May 14, 2012  |   By lonewolf57

    Version: Easy File Locker 1.4

    Pros

    Safely hide and lock away private files

    Cons

    A real so an so if you forget your password. :)

    Summary

    Well worth a try.

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