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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 User Reviews
  • 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:

    4.1 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A telecom team. 12 team members. No complaints!!"

    April 18, 2011  |   By Rijkaardhubert

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Brilliant product. Not just protects data, but protects data on-the-go! We also tested the encryption. This product is very well developed. Goes to show what the team is capable of.

    Cons

    This is not a point that works against Folder Lock as the application is not meant to be in this category, but I know I can put Folder Lock to more use if it were to have a collaboration element :D

    Summary

    This application has worked wonders where others have failed. My telecom consultancy team has put it to use over a network, and I currently control the admin. rights for about 12 team members. We no longer have issues relating to lost files, edited-without-permission complains, and no versioning hassles for our drawings.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Data protection software that does not let you down"

    April 18, 2011  |   By Mervinsantos88

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    I needed something that could protect my work files while I travel the inner city meeting clients. I have lost a few of my artwork in the past. Folder Lock is a very efficient program that has helped me immensely. A great product at the right price!

    Cons

    I am an artist so I relied on the application guide for some technical matters.

    Summary

    I am a digital artist by profession, I can recommend this software without hesitation. I started using Folder Lock some 3 months back. And I am very pleased with this application.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy and Powerful!"

    April 15, 2011  |   By sophiemarsh

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Hi. I'm an IT security professional and I use Folder Lock for data protection of course. What I would like to say here is that this application has somewhat of a following in our offices. It's never given us any problems in the level of security.

    Cons

    To jumpstart using Folder Lock, I would definitely recommend going through the walkthroughs and the User Manual, especially for people who are not technical.

    Summary

    We are all duly satisfied with Folder Lock. That includes me and my colleagues. The application also has never crashed our systems ;) And, finally, a message to the Folder Lock folks: Keep it up! Thanks for reading. Sophie.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Impressive!"

    April 15, 2011  |   By zarajacob30

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    I'm really impressed with Folder Lock. I wanted to hide and lock my files at work. Folder Lock has seriously made a believer out of me. It didn't even ask for unnecessary information when I registered it.

    Cons

    Being a non-IT person, I had to rely on a friend and the product's website for able help in learning a few technical terms. Other than, it's been great.

    Summary

    I wish I could say much more - especially in technical terms - but I can't. All I can say is that this application has been an absolute blessing; and I got it when I needed it the most. I'm definitely impressed!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't uninstall completely = VIRUS!"

    April 13, 2011  |   By tzayas

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Loads fast, like a possible Malware VIRUS...

    Cons

    Loads like a ScamWare/VIRUS... Can eventually hold your files hostage for payment. (Google Lock Scamware or Malware reviews) After Trial period one guy had to pay $140 to see his data again. And had to format his harddisk to clean that crap off.

    Summary

    Possible Scam-Ware that's difficult to remove. At the very least, should be Flagged as possible Malware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best application of its type I've found so far!"

    April 6, 2011  |   By Hill66

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Lock folders, protect USB drives, encrypt files & password protect folders. AWESOME!!!

    Cons

    Hmmmm..... Couldn't find.

    Summary

    It is not bad software at all. It is the only software that gives the fast encryption method rather than other. I am using it on my laptop on windows 7 and I am facing no errors in it. Instead it is working perfectly. Any problem can occur in any machine if the software is not used in the way it is designed. I am fully satisfied with folder lock. It delivers on its reputation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Usless, totally useless."

    April 6, 2011  |   By shashintokyo

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    None. I mean none.

    Cons

    1) When trying to lock one folder which had numerous sub-folders it stated that the trial verison could only lock a limited number of folders so guy the full version.
    2) Can't uninstal it.

    No better than a virus as far as i am concerned.

    Summary

    Avoid like the plague.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Folder Lock is Superb!"

    April 5, 2011  |   By Miss_Mendis

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Keep it up guys! Best product as compared to your other products. I have tried a few other types of programs and this one wins every time. Totally Awesome. And yeah it is BUG free

    Cons

    Just don't forget your password

    Summary

    Folder lock is great software that allows me to hide, protect, and encrypt my data. It's easy to use and most effective in all, in terms of data protection.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really fast!"

    March 21, 2011  |   By MrParacha

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Unbelievably fast! Took me a little while to get the hang of it. But I've always been the slow learner in my family.

    Cons

    Personally, I think it's a great tool for people out there. Worked for me. Wish there was a local reseller around my area though.

    Summary

    Powerful. Impressive product overall. 4.5 stars!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best in Breed"

    March 21, 2011  |   By TabithaFlockhart

    Version: Folder Lock 6.5.8

    Pros

    Arguably one of the best and the cleanest applications I've used. Although feature rich, learning it was a breeze.

    Cons

    Personally, I do think a more comprehensive user guide would be useful.

    Summary

    This application provides a full version download as a trial. Not disappointed at all. And not too bad in my opinion. I hope it goes onto being a web application as well.

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