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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 provides two levels of protection: you can merely lock files and folders, or you can encrypt them using the 256-bit Blowfish algorithm. When you boot up the program, it'll ask you for a master password. Hitting the Browse link locates and lock folders anywhere on your computer, or you can simply secure them via the context menu. Encryption is limited in the free version to 25 MB.

Although the too-cute-for-words interface doesn't make them easy to find, Folder Lock does have a treasure trove of Advanced features, accessible after you hit the Options button. You can set files to be shredded, force the computer to shut down after failed entry attempts, erase document history, the clipboard and more, and enter into Stealth mode, which hides the app's presence on your computer.

The interface, which includes simple animations for no reason other than to "entertain" you, would be better served by a more standard layout that makes options readily and easily available. No doubt to excite your inner lock-breaking child, the octagonal purplish blue layout is supplemented with three more skins when you purchase the full version.

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 give Folder Lock a try.

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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 1,237 votes

    • 5 star: 729
    • 4 star: 106
    • 3 star: 44
    • 2 star: 63
    • 1 star: 295
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    April 27, 2008  |   By John38DL

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    The best feature is the ability to install it on many other drives, for example on a tiny USB flashdrive with no security program on it. The whole drive is locked quickly. No file details to be seen. Good range of options. You can disable the master key for maximum security, no point having a super-long password if all a hacker needs to do is find the maser key.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant Program"

    April 25, 2008  |   By waggoner

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    Tried several encryption programs on my computer running Vista. One did not install properly, another was slow and temperamental and the other one messed the computer up. Tried Folder Lock and it works a treat, easy for a novice silver surfer to understand as well. Thanks for an excellent program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not buy, doesn't work!"

    April 24, 2008  |   By onderin

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Cons

    I was amazed to find out that all you have to do to overcome this software is use a mac operating system. When I connected my back up drive to my imac and looked in my locker all my files were exposed, even with full encryption!!! Customer support told me they are addressing this "compatibility" issue with their November 2008 release. As far as I am concerned this is totally unacceptable.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "security issues"

    April 21, 2008  |   By railale

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    interface good, lifelong upgrades.

    Cons

    I find that so called locked folder contents can be accessed simply with windows search. I have problems too after "successfully" locking certain folders that i can still gain access the usual way by clicking on them. This has been an ongoing problem for me despite contacting their support section and following instructions given.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely excellent"

    April 17, 2008  |   By Paul Vossbrinck

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    There are two things to like about Folder Lock. The first is that it works and you ain't gettin' in if you ain't supposed to. The second is support that is second to none.

    Cons

    There is nothing that I don't like that isn't the way it is supposed to be. I was unable to do anything to it from within DOS - but DUH - neither can anybody else.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great program - Easy to set up and use"

    April 14, 2008  |   By 55lightingguy55

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    This program works great! Secure files and folders from other users. Even works on USB drives. Once in the "Locker" folder, the files can only be opened, or even seen, with the proper password.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Just thought I'd post a comment or two."

    April 12, 2008  |   By sharkhunter922

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    To be clear, I have no real need for any app of this type because all of my sensitive data is on a password protected external hard drive but my curiosity got the best of me here. After reading all the reviews I admit to being a little concerned when nine reviews are posted by nine different members with a total of 14 reviews between them. The one bad review stuck out the most so I had to try the app. First, if you read the publishers own description, it clearly states it can't be uninstalled without the current password. It uninstalled fine for me. The unusual GUI is cool to say the least and I found the app easy to use. The one feature I liked best was, it's ability to lock an entire folder or directory where other similar programs encrypt each file in the containing folder. Useless with some files like I have that are up to 4.33 GB in size. At $35 bucks it's a good choice if you have the need for a program of this type.

    Cons

    Read the help files and the publishers description prior to using it or buying it. It can be somewhat complicated with some of it's encryption options. Don't ever forget the current password or you might end up like kpckohala.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT BUY THIS PROGRAM - ABOLUTELY USELESS"

    April 6, 2008  |   By tonyroth

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    Nothing. The makers of this piece of program should be ashamed of themselves for fleecing honest people out of their hard-earned money.

    Cons

    1. In Windows Explorer, ensure "Show hidden files and folders" is selected AND "Hide system operating files" is NOT TICKED. 2. Re-boot and login under safe mode. 3. Go to the default installation folder (C:\Program Files\Folder Lock) and double-click on file called "Locked" (has no extension). This opens up the Locker folder and opening up the folder with garbled name shows all your "safe" files. Voila ! You can delete/modify/add with ease.

    DO NOT BUY THIS PROGRAM.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent"

    April 5, 2008  |   By esxt

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    Fits exactly my requirements to protect private folders and easy to handle

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very Useful"

    March 31, 2008  |   By magicarvind

    Version: Folder Lock 5.8.2

    Pros

    Very interesting and useful.

    Cons

    Must be used for file lock also.

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