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    "Great at first, but "encrypted" data can be opened by moving locked data to Mac"

    September 11, 2006  |   By dinapoli


    The software worked exactly as advertised. The software creates a subdirectory called "Locker" in the "Folder Lock" main directory. You move files you wish to protect into this folder and then, when you are ready, lock it at 1 of 3 levels of security. The security level dictates the amount of time it takes to lock the product. Following the lock process, the "Locker" directory becomes unavailable on a PC. The software is compact (something like 5 MB), so you can move it even to 128 MB USB drives, allowing you to encrypt all of your portable data. BUT...


    I am a PC person who is forced to use a Mac at work. For this reason, I have a portable drive containing personal information that I keep backed up on both computers. I purchased folder lock to protect this data. When I plugged the portable drive into a mac, the Folder Lock directory contained a sub-directory called "Locked". Within the "Locked" directory was a folder with a gibberish name that contained all of my "encrypted" data. I opened the files and was able to manipulate them as usual, even though i had never entered the unencryption password. This was after orignally securing the files on a PC with the highest level of encryption. The same result happend with the lowest level of encryption. The intermediate level has not been tried yet. I don't see how this can be considered security when files can be accessed by simply moving the folder to a mac and knowing to click on the appropriate directory. On a slightly positive note, the locked files did not turn up in a search on the macintosh, perhaps because they were in the folder with a gibberish name (folder lock\locked\�▒╖░╥�)

    That means that someone would have to know to look in the gibberish folder to find your data. Before writing this negative review, I described this issue to their support staff and got the following reply:

    > Dear dinapolij,


    > Currenlty Folder Lock only supports windows operating system but we will work

    > on the MAC version very soon.


    > Please let me know if I can do anything for you,


    > Have a great day!

    > Mike Frank,

    >, USA,


    > Email:

    I felt that a negative review was warranted after that unsatisfactory reply.

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