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Protected Folder

By IObit Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jun 23, 2014

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.


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.


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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.3

  • Fully supported Windows 10, and improved the compatibility with other Windows systems
  • Optimized protect engine to provide a higher level of privacy protection
  • Fixed general bugs


Release April 14, 2017
Date Added April 14, 2017
Version 1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Protected Folder is designed to password-protect your folders and files from being seen, read or modified. It works like a safety box, just drag and drop the folders or files you want to hide or protect into Protected Folder, then no one can see, read or modify them. Whether you are concerned with privacy, data theft, data loss, or data leaks, Protected Folder is an ideal tool for you.

Key Benefits: Hide from View: Hide folders, files, pictures & videos from those who want to investigate and search for certain files on your computer. No one can see them except you. Block Access: Easily block access to files, folders, and programs you choose. You can password protect folder and its files then others can see it but cannot access, read or view its content. Write Protection: Protect your files from being modified by others. No one can change the content of your files without your permission. Keep your files safe and intact. Privacy Protection: Keep your private data, files, pictures or videos into Protected Folder, the only way to access these files is with your password. No more Data theft, Data loss, or Data leaks: Protect your important files or data from being accidentally deleted, replaced, or stolen by others. Safe and Secure: Protected Folder is safe and secure, without any virus, adware, and spyware.