"Easy to use, easy to bypass."
Version: Easy File Locker 1.4
- 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.
- 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):
And for some reason you need to make this folder visible but not accessible:
For the protection to work properly, you must edit the list like below:
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.
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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