Protected Folder

Protected Folder

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    184,179
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 11, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (10-use trial); $19.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    106
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Protected Folder provides enhanced security for files and folders on your Windows PC, letting you safeguard against the unauthorized access of your private photos, videos, files, and more. Allowing you to set passwords, hide folders from view beyond the basic Windows settings, and more, it works well for users who want to amplify what Windows provides by default.

Pros

Easy to create layers of security: Installation of the software is quick, and you can integrate multiple layers of protection from a single interface, all accessible from your desktop.

Different levels of protection: Protected Folder allows you to lock down folders and files at different levels. You can make them read only, password protected, or completely invisible, and there is a separate folder to drag and drop files into if you don't want to hide a complete folder.

Cons

Changing protected files: To change a protected file or folder, you must first unprotect it, edit it, and then protect it again. The problem with this is that it creates a copy on your computer that must then be removed, possibly creating a security hole. Even without the potential risk, it's an added step that can be cumbersome for frequently edited files.

Bottom Line

Windows has a fairly limited suite of security settings if you really want to be sure people cannot access your most private files and folders. That's where a tool like Protected Folder can be so useful. Lightweight and easy to use, it offers all the tools you'll need for your basic protections.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Protected Folder 1.2.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"easy to use"

October 24, 2014  |  By sally-dai

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

very easy to use. protect my file easy, unlock files easy

Cons

not at all

Summary

very easy to use. protect my file easy, unlock files easy

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5 stars

"Fantastic product!"

February 13, 2014  |  By TollieBo

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

User friendly and easy to operate

Cons

No issues experienced

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5 stars

"A simple and unobtrusive way of securing sensitive data"

December 31, 2013  |  By Undisclosed2

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

This is an excellent tool with which to hide sensitive data; it is reasonably intuitive and easy to work with. In fact, I have changed the name of the Desktop Icon to something quite innocuous so that anyone looking at my PC does not even know the application is there. Of course, anyone really knowledgeable with computers could find it but I doubt if anyone interested in hacking into my computer (if there even is someone like that) would start digging in my Program Files to find out.

Cons

To make a change to a protected file, it must first be unprotected, then changed and then protected again. However, this leaves an unprotected backup copy on the PC, which must be removed to the Recycle Bin and then eliminated from there to keep the information from prying eyes. It would be great if the backup copy were to be automatically protected too. Alternatively, it should be possible to make a change to a protected file without first unprotecting it.

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5 stars

"Secure, reliable, and easy to use"

August 15, 2013  |  By Mossmoran

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

See above - nothing to add - it's pretty simple and straightforward.

Cons

None that I've found, so far

Summary

I'd recommend this software to anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive way of preventing unauthorised access to folders containing sensitive information.

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5 stars

"VERY EASY & SMART SOFTWARE"

June 13, 2013  |  By BISWAJIT-DAS-

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.0

Pros

I AM USING IT FORM LAST MONTHS,THIS IS STRONGEST FOLDER PROTECT SOFTWARE.

Cons

I RECOMENDED IT TO USE TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS.

Summary

STRONGEST SOFTWARE IS IOBIT PROTECTED FOLDER.

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5 stars

"szybkie pobieranie"

June 13, 2013  |  By Ania170

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

The product works very well.
Cool interface.

Cons

not,
jak na razie nie ma wad

Summary

Protected Folder does the job, I'm very pleased with it.
Besides, it has a very nice interface.
I would recommend to others

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5 stars

"Great Service from IObit"

June 06, 2013  |  By Professorredbag

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.2

Pros

The product works very well. All purchase info is given well before you download the free version. (Some people just can't read or don't bother to.) Cool interface. Does the job.

Cons

If you have any problems, the customer care of IObit is PROMPT in replying and ensuring satisfaction. Read the agreement and you won't be disappointed.

Summary

I'm recommending this to friends looking for a file secure program.

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3 stars

"YOU DON't OWN IT! "Renewal notice" arrived today"

December 11, 2012  |  By dahnb

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.0

Pros

works fine

Cons

I have this on 2 pcs & it works well. I was glad I BOUGHT it.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Avantgate/Iobit asking for $9.97 to "renew" my "license"!!!
This is just plain illegal. This was never part of the info given on the page where you supposedly "purchase" this software.

Summary

I've sent an email to Iobit & will update this review after I hear back from them.

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4 stars

"Pretty Simple"

March 18, 2012  |  By Erick3188

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.0

Pros

Cheap at $19.99 and delivers what it promises.
Easy to use Drag and Drop system.
Little to no Resource use - During locking and unlocking.
You can choose to hide the folder completely (IE no thumbnails) or you can expose it as any normal folder, but not to access or delete or copy or anything.

Cons

You if you need to say... upload a picture from a locked folder through a web browser (as in uploading to Flickr from a locked folder) It won't let you. You have to unlock the whole folder first.
This means you have to remember to lock it again manually after you're done getting that file. So if your house gets raided by the Internet Police, you better hope you remembered to lock everything first...

Summary

Choose a password.
Drag a Folder or an entire Volume into the program to Lock It.
Lock and Close the Program.
Now the Folder is locked and you can't access it unless you run the Program. enter your password, and remove it from the "Locked" list. Pretty straight forward.
There is an Exclusion List on the Options by the way. If you can't add a Hard Disk Volume to be locked, check the exclusion list and removed the folder/volume from it.
I gave it a four because it works and it is soo simple to use, but you do have to redo things manually from time to time. Its basically perfect for Folders that are not accessed often. IE, Back Up Folders that sit idle for weeks or months.

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2 stars

"really don't know what to do"

November 27, 2011  |  By oceanbroker

 |  Version: Protected Folder 1.0

Pros

I do not have a positive.

Cons

No help menu or how to use was downloaded. Can't find the file where the folder was downloaded.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2
There is no function update, but replacing the old EULA with the new one.
General
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site http://www.iobit.com
Release Date March 11, 2015
Date Added March 11, 2015
Version 1.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.96MB
File Name protected-folder-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 184,179
Downloads Last Week 106
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 10-use trial
Price $19.95

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