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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Uncomplicated and easy to use"

    March 6, 2013  |   By edwindeutsch91

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    ease of use, list of features, bug-free

    Cons

    Still too early to tell

    Summary

    7 years back, I opened my very own printing and truck graphic business in Mississauga, Ontario. Today, we employ over 100 personnel. A growing problem I faced in which my employees were trying to discover my marketing secrets. After one of my employees stole marketing data from my PC, I decided, I had to do something to prevent this from occurring in the future. Consequently, I discovered Folder Lock, and encrypted all the company related data on my PC.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unique and a class apart"

    March 6, 2013  |   By raymondburke24

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Has every imaginable security feature

    Cons

    takes some time to learn about how each security feature works (but that's a given with everything new)

    Summary

    I purchased folder lock last week after trying out the evaluation version. I mainly use this software to lock my financial portfolio. I also have many other documents that are secured with this folder locking software. I had a choice, which was either I depend on the other various similar software which are free - but not dependable - or purchase folder lock which has lots of features not seen on any other software - of course, it was an easy choice, and I, without hesitation, choose folder lock.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "STAY FAR FAR AWAY!!!!!"

    March 5, 2013  |   By zx794

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Intuitive and looks pretty... that's about all i have to say

    Cons

    There is NO technical support! The customer support is abysmal. As being in an industry that deals with military and gov't entities, I find it extremely hard to believe as Newsoftwares touts that NASA, the United States Military, the Tennessee National Guard, Lloyds TSB Bank, DELL, and HSBC would use a product that does not have technical support over the phone. "I am afraid we are not providing support via phone currently." that is a statement from an email from there Manager of customer support.

    Summary

    This program has BUGS!!!!!!! Stay far far away from this company!!!! I purchased the program thinking my info would be safe...well it is extremely safe, as in i can no longer access it. This program caused my locked folder to corrupt and they have provided ZERO assistance in recovering it! Not only did I have all of my financial records there, I also had all of my pictures, including my recent honeymoon. Further more I may even lose my job because of this, I had a project in there that I have been working on for almost a year for a major oil & gas company well i no longer can gain access to it and not only am i going to lose the project that had the potential to change my life I may even lose my JOB!! You may say well why didn't you have it backed up..well I did I had multiple copies but they were all stolen in either home burglaries or car break-ins. But I was ok with that because I knew i had it "protected" on my backup hard drive. Well I go to open the folder and like i have said before I can no longer open it!

    The customer support is horrendous I have to wait 24hrs after each email to get a response from a Manager of customer service not even a tech that can actually help me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "locks source codes very securely"

    February 28, 2013  |   By allen_garth

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    protection works in safe-mode

    Cons

    very stable software, I certainly can't complain

    Summary

    Being a software developer I need to hide my source codes from my co-workers at work. Last time some a - hole copied my source code, and I wasn't able to prove his fault. This time I purchased folder lock, because folder lock is the only software I found that couldn't be hacked!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good for hiding e-statements"

    February 28, 2013  |   By stanleydaniels189

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Exactly what I needed

    Cons

    Can't find a better software than folder lock

    Summary

    Falling victim to identity theft in the past, I was looking for a software which could hide my bank statements and credit card statements, in the past, my step son had accessed my statements and charged up a huge bill on my credit-cards, now with Folder Lock, there's no chance he would be able to do that. My only regret is that I haven't found folder lock earlier.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Folder Lock lacks an important feature"

    February 27, 2013  |   By isandeepjain

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Software is robust.

    Cons

    Wrongly advertises that it can encrypt files.

    Summary

    I recently purchased Folder Lock 7 for my personal use. Its locker feature is robust but it lacks an important feature and that is "individual file encryption". "File Encryption" feature in Folder Lock actually works with lockers and "Lock Files" feature is not encryption in real terms. Locked files are inaccessible only within the operating system in which Folder Lock is installed. These files are easily accessible if someone boots your computer with a bootable operating system on a live CD/DVD like Ubuntu etc. If you need to encrypt some of your individual files without putting them into a locker, you will be disappointed. They did not even reply to my query regarding lack of this feature.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally someone developed a sensible, useful software"

    February 11, 2013  |   By terrancejones

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Best bargain/best buy.

    Cons

    Folder Lock has the most security features yet seen.

    Summary

    What I like about folder lock is that you can try it for free. Most software like folder lock has to purchase before you can try them. I see so many people complaining about folder lock, but I assure you that the software is amazing in all sense. You can try it for free, and you can fully utilize all the features, you got nothing to lose, just try it. Search folder lock on Top Ten review dot com and you'll see why it's the best selling software in its class.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Hides and locks intimate media"

    February 11, 2013  |   By LouisNewman

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Great software to hide intimate media

    Cons

    loving it!

    Summary

    I and my boyfriend captured a lot of intimate photographs on camera, we made some kinky movies as well, in order to hide this media, and I needed software exactly like folder lock. I came on Cnet and discovered Folder Lock. For anyone who's looking for such software, Folder Lock is what you need!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Must have tool for legal professionals"

    February 11, 2013  |   By raineylevi

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Security features are second to none

    Cons

    I though, I never would have to say this about any software, but this software is flawless.

    Summary

    I love this data security software; it features are second to none. As a notary I sometimes have to write legal memorandums from my abode to keep up with my clients' requests, this software enables me to guard these legal documents. A must have for all attorneys!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Truly engineered for professionals"

    February 7, 2013  |   By EarlWolf79

    Version: Folder Lock 7.1.8

    Pros

    Perhaps the most stable privacy software on Cnet

    Cons

    with so many features, it can take some time to learn how to utilize all of its features

    Summary

    I have tried various different methods of protecting my secret marketing tactics, but I for some reason, I still was very insecure about substandard data security measures. I tried Folder Lock for free, and the trial version allows you to use the full features for a limited number of uses, I love the feature of creating encrypted lockers (not available on any other software, as far as I have searched)

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