Folder Lock 7 locks, hides, and password-protects files and folders on your PC, but it also encrypts files and email attachments, takes secure backups, protects USB and CD drives, and makes wallets that can store credit card numbers and other sensitive personal information. It thwarts hackers by logging and acting upon multiple failed log-in attempts, while a hotkey-activated stealth mode keeps out snoops. Folder Lock is free to try for 30 days.
Master Password option: In addition to rating Password strength, Folder Lock 7 can ask for the Master Password for the Lock Files feature only, instead of for every feature.
Make Wallets: The Make Wallets tool creates secure data containers that can store and encrypt passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, and more.
Xtras: The Xtras menu holds Shred Files and Clean History tools. The Shred Settings (on the Settings menu) sets the default shredding action and can exclude locked and program files from shredding.
Secure backup: Don't get us wrong -- we're all in favor of the Secure Backup tool's end-to-end encryption, real-time data sync, and automatic backup of files added to Lockers. But you have to sign up for an account to use it, which could entail subscription fees later on, and it's not a substitute for a full system backup.
Folder Lock 7's ability to secure your privacy and personal data reliably and without fuss would probably be enough to justify its reasonable cost versus similar freeware, but extras like encryption and secure data wallets make the difference.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Folder Lock 7.3.0.
Folder Lock is a data security solution that encrypt & secures your files, while keeping an automatic and real-time backup of encrypted files in the backup cloud. It also offers security for USB drives and CDs/DVDs. Folder Lock is an Anti-Hack Solution that lets you lock files, folders and drives; shred files and clean your Windows History.Works with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista/XP/7/8.1/10. The complete data leak prevention suite. Folder Lock is the only product that offers military grade 256-bit AES on-the-fly encryption as well as syncing of encrypted files to an online cloud storage. No need to decrypt or manually backup your files. You can later restore files at any time, on any computer. Lockers can also be converted to executables using the 'Protect USB/CD' feature that allows you to keep your encrypted files wherever you go in USB drives or CDs and DVD or convert your files and folders to encrypted ZIP files for email attachments. Furthermore, If you want to protect your files without encrypting them, you can also lock your files, folders and drives on your PC from access and visibility. You can also create Encrypted Wallets to save personal information like Credit Cards, Bank Accounts and Business Cards. Apart from these amazing features you can also Shred files, folders, drives and empty hard drive space. You can also clean Windows usage history. Additionally, Folder Lock comes with additional security settings unheard before. You can activate password security and restrict access to different parts of the application using an admin level master password. You can run the application in complete stealth using the Stealth Mode feature. You can also catch and perform actions on repetitive hack attempts and on basis of incorrect password logs and you can set automatic duration based protection for your data security, so you know that your stuff is no longer accessible to anyone else when you're away from your PC.
What's new in this version:
Added Arabic language Version an New Forgotten Password Feature.
Windows 10 deactivated my Folder Lock protection.
Can't say enough good things about the Folder lock customer service. They knew what to do and solved my problem quickly.
Download and setup for Win 10 was quick and easy once customer service got involved. (I'm no computer geek.)
Operation on Win 7 machine was reliable and stable. I expect the same now that I have it on my new Win10 machine.
Simple to hide files and folders.
Lots of good methods for securing your files.
Compared with programs that encrypt while you wait, this one is really quick and convenient.
Slightly difficult getting the head round the various concepts for use of the options. Will need a bit more time to master them.
Have tried three other programs for the same job and for ease and convenience of use this is the one. This program actually hides the folders or files whereas both the other programs still show them although they cannot be opened. I think it is better for a potential thief not to know the folders or files are even there.
I found this software appropriate for me, so, no such cons.
I can lock file and hide all my photos, videos, documents and other sort of data with this software. It leaves no traces of hidden data, moreover, with it's file shredder, I can erase desired files permanently.
I recommend this data locking software to everyone. Why you ask? Well, this software not just locks your software, it can also let you encrypt files on USB drives, shred data, hides and locks videos and images and has a built in cleaner. Best of all, the software keeps your files safe using AES-256 bit encryption which is its main selling point and what sets it apart from the competition. Before we were all using true crypt at work, since that no longer is an option, I told my boss about Folder Lock and he acted on my advice and tried it, he too agreed and purchased 100 licenses. So far so good, the folks at Newsoftware have nailed it with Folder Lock.
1) Interface looks nice but see cons below
2) Absolutely no issue in quickly getting a refund
1. Have used other similar products, this one is not "intuitive". Must read guide.
2. Following steps in guide, never could get the product to encrypt my files.
3. Contacted support. Support site promise "contact within 24 to 48 hours". Three days later, no response.
If it would do what it promised and/or support would have contacted me to help resolve the issue, might have ahd a different outcome.
Self-executable lockersNo built-in option for drop box
No built-in option for drop box
Overall, this software has a lot more useful features, I can also place my encrypted lockers in a USB drive or DVD, so not only does it encrypts data on the PC, it also can be used on flash drives. It has a built in backup of cloud though I wish they had one for drop box. No worries though, I love all the feature in folder lock and haven't found another software that matches its performance.
Extremely strong algorithm, unbelievable secure for every kind of data.
There is hardly any bug, even if there is, it is avoidable
My favorite hobby is to test software and dig out its deficiencies. But, when I tested Folder Lock and tries to break its security, I was excited to see how secure it really is. It literally has no loophole. I am too inspired by it and now using it personally.
When it works it's certainly worth it the problem is...
...it doesn't always work. No matter how simple your password it seems to have a mind of it's own and will ask you repeatedly to enter the correct password even though you have. I've tested it by making just "password" the password and it doesn't always work even then! You get a 50/50 chance of opening a folder. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason. Reboot, it may or may not work. Don't reboot, it may or may not work.
Frustrating and if other posts on the internet are any indication I'm not alone.
Not good if you need things in a timely manner and can't wait for it to decide to operate correctly.