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Folder Lock

CNET Editors' review

Snoopers can't find or access the files you hide using Folder Lock, even in DOS or under other operating systems. This application also erases your Recent Documents history, so intruders don't know what to search for. The attractive lock-like interface presents the program functions simply. You can click on the Browse link to locate and lock folders anywhere on your computer, or you can simply secure them via a right-click. You also have the option to shred files for permanent removal, monitor hackers who try to break in to your secured files, and enable stealth mode so would-be wrongdoers can't even see the folders you have locked. In our tests, the program demonstrated good speed, even when securing large folders. If you share a PC and need to keep certain files to yourself, you should definitely have a look at this application.
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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

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    • 2 star: 63
    • 1 star: 295
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "does what it says on the tin But and its a big but"

    March 22, 2007  |   By SomeNonSense

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    it hides your folders

    Cons

    on vista , perfect disk stops working bsod , system restore stops working , right click on context menu takes about 5 times as long , everytime you click a drive letter folder lock appears even though you switch that function off, want more...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How does this a 5 star rating from CNET Editor review?????"

    April 20, 2006  |   By Danoelise

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    fast

    Cons

    system crash, unsecure... what's the point? Clearly the editor did not use this for long before writing his/her review.

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""Does exactly what it says on the tin""

    February 4, 2006  |   By Neal3

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    very simple to use and does exactly what you need it to do, which is hide/lock away certain files you want to keep from spying eyes

    Cons

    i guess it is a little expensive for what it does..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works like they say it does!"

    January 25, 2006  |   By Popeye250

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    Program works well on all drives but not on cd's. Operating the program was a bit confusing at first but I had it figured out in about 15 minutes without having to contact tech support.

    Cons

    I have a file on my desktop that is protected. When I boot the computer the file is visible and can be opened until the boot is complete. You may want to keep protected files burried in one or two other files.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "a disaster"

    January 23, 2006  |   By t-mc

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Cons

    Data can be lost altogether with one false move. For example, if you install a new version of the software without "parking" your encrypted data elsewhere, your data will disappear and will be irretrievable. Folder Lock also creates a file called windrvnt.sys, which can cause your computer to crash repeatedly when it conflicts with other software--and it conflicts with a lot of software. Antivirus programs, backup programs, and Spybot are three I know of--all resulting in blue screen of death repeatedly. Tech support is nonexistent--no one will reply to your plea for help. There should be some mechanism for keeping products like this off the market.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fine product but does not work on CDs"

    January 14, 2006  |   By grmertz

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    Works well to protect files on hard drives or flash drives.

    Cons

    Does not work on CDs. If you follow the instructions the CD will be locked only on a system with Folder Lock installed, if the CD is put into a non Folder Lock system it is readable. The Email response from vendor is they are working on it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great simple little app that does what it's supposed to do."

    December 27, 2005  |   By mikedelugg

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    The basic process of locking the special documents you want locked is easy. Folder Lock scrambles the data inside its (one) LOCKER folder and you must have the password to unscramble (access) it. There are 3 levels of security, but probably the lowest (and fastest) level is enough for most folks (including me). At least once/week I unlock my folder and back it up straight to CD without encryption. That CD is safely hidden and I can always get the data back without having to reinstall in case of a HD crash.

    Some interface items are unique and different from many other Win apps; they take a bit of getting used to. E.g., actually finding the "check for updates" option was difficult. It turns out that the easiest way is to check the website regularly. The link was in there, somewhere. ;-)

    Overall I do like Folder Lock, and I've come to depend upon it. I don't think it's overpriced at all.

    Cons

    ONLY ONE SPECIAL FOLDER may be locked. Some things take just a bit to get used to. But after playing around for a while (on a small expendable duplicate folder I created) Folder Lock yielded most of its secrets. To download revision updates (as in 3.1->3.2) you MUST keep your order number and use the same email address, then a link is sent. That's a bit inconvenient - but updates are FREE!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Nice..... if I want everything under one file."

    December 24, 2005  |   By tehahn1

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    It's nice and easy to use. If you want one file to hold everything you want private.

    Cons

    You've got to be serious...this much money for something that puts everything into 1-that's "one' file? NOOOOOOO each file should be protected.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Creates instability"

    December 24, 2005  |   By crispee

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    Great interface and fairly easy to use.

    Cons

    Created many blue screen reboots that did not occur before I installed it. I only use it on a mountable drive now. I checked the net and the crashes are not uncommon with this program. Be sure to demo first. Encryption mighty slow.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely does what it promises"

    December 17, 2005  |   By sabon

    Version: Folder Lock 5.3.5

    Pros

    Keeps invaluable files away from unwanted eyes and prevents accidental erasure by unauthorized presonnel

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