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Folder Vault

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Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 28 votes

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    Oct. 28, 2013
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Editors' Review


Folder Vault is a fine file and folder locker by most definitions, thanks to its abundant style and security. It will keep your private and sensitive files away from even the savviest prying eyes, provided you're good at making secure passwords.

When starting Folder Vault for the first time, you'll be asked to create a secure password. Once you set your password and log-in, the program welcomes you with a nifty animated interface that does a neat opening and closing animation every time you open it. You can drag and drop files and folders right into the main window for convenience, or find the ones you want to hide from the conventional upload menu. Once your files are inside the program and set as "locked," you can't see them from Windows, which is a big boost for security. The only way you can see your items is to manually unlock them when you have the program running, or set the program to automatically unlock all items when you log in using the Settings menu. In addition, you can also set the program to automatically lock all items when you log off, as well as change the log-in password. Without knowing your Folder Vault password, it would be impossible for anyone to see items you've hidden, which makes this app a good solution if you need to hide important or more sensitive documents, pictures, or videos from anyone else who has access to your PC.

It's a shame that Folder Vault isn't more popular, because it delivers on its promise to get your files under lock and key. It's extra secure and will protect your files from snoops free of any charge.

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3 stars

"Great for Free folder security"

March 19, 2015  |  By tariqm1

 |  Version: Folder Vault 3.0.1


Easy to understand interface.
Can be used on installed hard drives in computer, USB flash drive and External USB Hard Drives.


Needs more options and features.


I have tested the program with a test folder on an External Hard Drive, it will hide the folders where the computer that has program is installed on, but when you put in on another computer the locked/hidden folder will shows up on the computer that doesn't have program install on it. The security doesn't seem to apply when you have more than one computer available when the software installed just only one computer.

I guess if you forgotten your password AND you have your files on an external hard drive or flash drive, you can attach that drive on another computer where the software not installed, you can regain access to your files.

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5 stars

"A great security layer"

December 02, 2013  |  By nmweatherman

 |  Version: Folder Vault 3.0.1


Simple, elegant UI and easy to use


None at all


The idea behind Folder Vault is at once simple and elegant. It removes icons of your folders and files and locks them behind a password. When a folder or file is in the vault, its icon will not show at its normal location (such as My Documents). When you open the vault and unlock the file, it reappears in its regular directory. I love the UI, which shows metallic vault doors opening and closing as you lock or unlock your files within. This is a great and simple layer of security...just create a complex password for the vault and don't forget it!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.1
Made hiding of folders faster. Bug fixes.
Publisher Gear Box Computers
Publisher web site http://www.gearboxcomputers.com
Release Date October 28, 2013
Date Added October 28, 2013
Version 3.0.1
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.5MB
File Name FolderVault-Setup.exe
Total Downloads 24,152
Downloads Last Week 99
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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