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Folder Lock

CNET Editors' review

What's the biggest threat to your data? Is it snooping, or device theft, or hacking, or simple carelessness? How about all of the above? Suppose you could lock down your files, folders, drives, and devices with password protection; encrypt critically important data on the fly; store it on your smartphone or thumbdrive; and back it all up to a secure online storage locker that automatically syncs data and lets you access it on mobile devices? We'll tell you now that we're referring to one utility, Folder Lock, before we continue enumerating its features, which also include stealth mode, hack protection and logging (including forced shutdown); wallets for personal information like credit card numbers, file shredding, application-level passwords; and more. The latest release, Folder Lock 7, adds enhanced drag-and-drop capability, easier unlocking, and automatic backups of encrypted data to your online storage share. Folder Lock is free to try, with a 30-use limit.

Folder Lock installed smoothly in both our 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 systems. On first run, you're prompted to create a master password and enter it twice, consecutively: it's important to get it right. Folder Lock's colorful, wizardlike interface resembles a lot of premium tools, especially backup utilities. The left sidebar accesses its main features -- Lock Files, Encrypt Files, Secure Backup, Protect USB/CD, and Make Wallets -- which are all pretty much self-explanatory, except Make Wallets (which are nothing like you made at summer camp). All these features are easy to set up, and Folder Lock's interface walked us through each step. Clicking Learn More opened the User Guide, an excellent Help file that explains everything about using Folder Lock. An Xtras menu offers a file shredder and history cleaner; both pull their weight.

Folder Lock 7's security tools make it worth paying for over a collection of similar freeware tools, if it's possible to assemble one. But the online storage and sync makes the crucial difference. It not only stores and syncs data but also creates fully portable, secure, encrypted Lockers. You can even convert Lockers into encrypted executable files you can distribute to clients with help from the Protect USB/CD feature.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Folder lock 7.1.1.

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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:

    3.2 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "makes secret folder that are password protected"

    February 23, 2011  |   By nightskyjam

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    works great

    Cons

    costs money

    Summary

    download truecrypt, its free and is great, better actually

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast & Efficient"

    February 23, 2011  |   By MariaDavis26

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Best software that protects documents. It is the easiest encryption software of all.

    Cons

    just don't forget your password

    Summary

    As a mother of three, I often have to struggle with keeping my files safe when my children are using my computer. But ever since I started using Folder Lock, I have been able to keep all my data secure.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Junk- deleted 11 of my important files"

    February 18, 2011  |   By rizzo1989

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    This is the worse piece of junk that I've ever used.

    Cons

    This piece of SHI# ruined 100s of my files ad deleted 11 of my most important ones. I hate this and am going to sue them!

    Summary

    Dangerous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Do not download !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Disaster.
    Junk.
    Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ideal for my needs"

    February 2, 2011  |   By no-wukkas

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Simple, convenient, excellent support

    Cons

    Doesn't update automatically. Could be even easier to navigate, but at the price it is good value.

    Summary

    I don't use the encryption feature, merely the hide feature. For my needs, I find it simple, useful, convenient and effective. And the support is the best I have come across - always within 24 hours, and useful.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic program"

    February 1, 2011  |   By creflow

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    easy to use,very secure the latest version addresses known problems and has my full recommendation

    Cons

    only one problem dont leave the explore window open with the files out for all to see and then expect the auto close feature to lock up and close the program

    Summary

    its good very good but its very remiss of the help file not to mention this Con

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  • 3.0 stars

    "The product seems to be great"

    January 28, 2011  |   By MPSales

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Looks easy to use, moving files in and out is quick

    Cons

    When CNET says that it is free I do not expect the product to be a free trial, if it is a trial say it is a trial (15 uses)

    Summary

    I will not be buying to paid version and only using the trial to keep very important rarely used files.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Password protecting flashdrive"

    January 24, 2011  |   By geomurray

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Easy download and install

    Cons

    I could not get it to lock a flash drive.

    Summary

    I ended up taking this out of the system too.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Appears to be quite good"

    January 17, 2011  |   By Roland Longden

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Relatively easy to use

    Cons

    The main problem with the latest down load was realising afterwards that I was downloading a free trial pgm when I already had an earlier paid for version. In such instances is an upgrade available?

    Summary

    What the vendor doesn't say is how effective the locking is against very clever virus initiators who may be able to unravel the Folder Lock pgm in order to find out how to unlock locked items. As far as I am aware, all it does is to hide the title to the document. But if it's a folder saved in another folder, and one looks at the properties of the main folder, will the MB content still include that of the folder which has been locked? I know I could try this myself, but as I uninstalled the registered version I had, I now have to find out from the vendor what version I need to reinstall to reassert the registration. So for the moment I am unable to do a check on this point. The point is this: how genuinely hidden are locked items?

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Locking does not work. Unexpected errors. dangerous."

    January 10, 2011  |   By mbrkt

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Unfortuantely I can not mention any.

    Cons

    No Locking. Help is not useful. Does not show solutions. Support is not upto the standard expected if compared to the cost of the software.

    Summary

    NOT recommended at all. Old versions were much better.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works as advertised. Slow to encrypt large files."

    January 10, 2011  |   By fonthill_bob

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.5

    Pros

    Effective at hiding and encrypting files.

    Cons

    Slow to encrypt large files/folders.

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