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Editors' Review

by   / June 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.

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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


Publisher IObit
Publisher web site
Release Date April 14, 2017
Date Added April 14, 2017
Version 1.3


Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software

Operating Systems

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

Download Information

File Size 3.06MB
File Name External File


Total Downloads 204,544
Downloads Last Week 10


License Model Free to try
Limitations 10-use trial
Price $19.95
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