When I first heard about Folder Lock application, I had thought it to be just another application to lock various folders in my phone. However, giving it a closer look proved that I was highly mistaken. This application is capable of providing security to much more folders than I had presumed. Folder Lock makes you protect your drives, files, and folders with passwords, encrypt the crucial files on-the-fly, protect your portable drives, backup files in real time, shred drives and files, and clean the history.
Knowing about so many features lets me understand why millions of users have downloaded it. With more than 25 million users and still counting, Folder Lock is the application that has a maximum number of users for file- security program. The application works for 32-bit as well as 64- bit versions of the Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.
How to use Folder Lock application to lock your files and folders
It is just so simple to use Folder Lock to secure your files and folders, away from the spying eyes of other users of your phone and PC. The best part about Folder Lock is that the user interface is very interactive. You do not have to strain your mind too much into understanding the usage of this application. Just when you open it, you would know how you need to access various buttons to make the best use of Folder Lock. Nevertheless, you can use this guide to understand the working of Folder Lock.
1. Hide your documents and files
Folder Locks lets you hide your important documents and files beautifully, and they simply do not come to the notice of any other person who touches your phone or computer.
Password protect videos and images
Encryption of your data provides you with indestructible security. The process uses the AES-256-bit encryption in order to keep your files secure. On the other hand, you can lock your folders and files for effective and quick hiding and locking. Folder Lock lets you secure the files that you consider sensitive and access them frequently. Whether you lock your files or encrypt them, you can password-protect your files, folders, images, excel files, or virtually any kind of file you want to protect.
Download and install the Folder Lock application on your PC.
First, the program will ask you to set a password for further usage. Set a strong password for your application. Make sure that you create a password that is strong enough that others cannot guess it. You can use alphanumeric or special characters to create your password, but do not make it so strong that you are not able to recall it yourself! Anyway, let us proceed further.
Re-enter your password to confirm.
Click ‘OK’ tab given alongside the password space.
If you want to hide your files, simply click on ‘Lock Folders‘ tab given on the left side panel of the homepage.
Click the button titled ‘Add Items to Lock‘ tab given on the topmost bar of the page. You will see a drop down menu with the following options:
- Add file (s)
- Add folder (s)
- Add Drive (s)
You can use any of these options to add your files, folders, or drives and lock them. Using this option, you can hide images, videos, PDF documents, spreadsheets, word files, and any other format of files.
When you add any file to this page, you will see the name of the file under the ‘Items’ category and a green colored lock under the ‘Protection’ category.
When you select the locked files in the Folder Lock application, the menu options on the topmost bar will activate. Using the topmost bar, you can unlock the locked items, select or de-select items, turn on the protection, and turn off the protection.
2. Encrypt your files
Encryption refers to a conversion of data into some kinds of secret codes, which is one of the most effective methods to attain data security. If you want to read the encrypted files, you need to have access to the secret passwords or keys to decrypt the data. The unencrypted data is known as plain text and the encrypted data is known as the cipher text. The Folder Lock software lets you encrypt your data in the simplest way possible.
Did you know that you do not have to be a big enterprise to encrypt your data? With the ever increasing incidences of data theft, more than 50,000 computers and mobile phones are compromised daily. You can encrypt your confidential folders and files with portable lockers.
How to encrypt your files and folders
With Folder Lock, it is again easy to encrypt your files. You need to create a locker to encrypt any file. Follow the steps given below:
Open the Folder Lock application.
On the left side panel, locate the ‘Encrypt Files‘ button and click it.
On the topmost bar of the page, click the first button ‘Create locker‘
Enter the name of the locker in the first space.
Enter the path of the locker where you want to keep it in your PC. Click ‘Next’.
On the next page, create a stronger password for the locker and click ‘Next’.
Choose the type of locker from the first drop down menu.
Choose the maximum size of the locker to accommodate the files you add to it in future. You will see the free space required by the application in your computer and the actual free space available. Click ‘Next’.
Click ‘Finish’ to open the locker.
A new pop up window will open in front of you to drag and drop files. Then, click ‘Close Locker’ to encrypt the files you have selected.
When you want to open the locker, click ‘Open locker’ tab given on the topmost bar.
Enter the location of the locker and enter the password. Click ‘Open’.
You can use the other options on the topmost bar to edit your locker, close the locker, and backup the locker.
You can use the ‘Encrypt Files’ option to encrypt your images, videos, documents, folders, spreadsheets, excel files, word files, and several other formats of files.
3. Secure Backup of your files and folders
Folder Lock gives you great options to backup your data securely. You just need to create an account to begin the backup process or sync your personal lockers. You get the following benefits of using Folder Lock for secure backup:
- You can have up to 2 TB of storage.
- The backup is encrypted end to end.
- You can restore and sync your data whenever you want.
- Folder Lock is faster than Mozy and Dropbox.
- The software takes an automatic backup when you modify.
- The software is upgradable and scalable.
- Folder Lock is unrestricted and portable.
- You can hide and lock your files.
- You can password protect your important folders and files.
- You can erase proof files.
Why should you use a secure backup of Folder Lock?
The only reason that your data is completely secure is enough to use Folder Lock. Your data is securely encrypted in the cloud as well as on your computer. You can access the encrypted files anywhere and anytime. Folder Lock is more dependable than Box and faster than Dropbox. If you are satisfied with the trial version of Folder Lock, you can buy its monthly package for storage as follows:
- $5 (trial) for 10 GB
- $10 (trial) for 20 GB
- $20 (trial) for 50 GB
- $30 (trial) for 100 GB
- $60 for 200 GB
- $100 for 500 GB
- $200 for 1 TB
- $400 for 2 TB
After you have created your account, you need to choose any of the storage plans on the basis of the size of the locker you need for the backup. Your credit card details will be required for a free trial. If you cancel your subscription prior to 30 days, you will not be charged any amount.
4. Protect USB, CD & Email Attachments
With this option, you can protect your External Drives and USB. You can copy your locker to the external drives and USB and execute your lockers there. You can protect your DVD and CD media with Folder Lock. The software burns the lockers to your DVDs and CDs and makes the locker executable. You can also protect your email attachments with Folder Lock. The software protects the attachments in your emails with password and compresses the important files.
How to use protect USB
You do not need to install Folder Lock software to open your protected files in your USB drive. When you click on ‘Protect USB Drive’, you will be prompted to choose from the two options:
- Make my existing locker portable
- Create a new portable locker in my USB Drive
You can use any of these options to protect your USB drive. If you choose to make your existing locker portable, your current locker will be converted and copied to the selected USB drive. If you choose to create a new locker in the USB drive, you will be required to enter the name and path of the portable locker you wish to create. You can refer the ‘Encrypt Files’ section to know how you can create a new locker.
Protect DVD and CD media
When you click ‘Burn CD and DVD media’, you will be prompted to select your existing locker files to burn on the CD or DVD. Select your CD/ DVD drive and click next. Please note that if your locker size is less than 4 GB, Folder Lock will convert it to an encrypted file that is self- executable. If your locker size is more than 4 GB, Folder Lock will copy the locker along with a different executable file.
Protect email attachments
When you click ‘Protect Email Attachments‘, you will be prompted to add files or folders to be protected as email attachments. Click ‘Next’ and enter the following details on the next window: ZIP name, ZIP path, set a password, and confirm the password. After filling all these details, your files or folders will be encrypted. Click ‘Email Now’ to send your encrypted file or folder to someone. It is recommended that you send the encryption password separately in another email. You can also click ‘Finish’ if you want to email this attachment later.
5. Password wallets
Another awe-inspiring feature of Folder Lock is the Password Wallet. You can use this digital wallet to save your sensitive information securely such as your Social Security Number, credit card details, debit card details, passwords of sensitive websites, passwords of digital wallets, etc.
When you click ‘Password Wallets‘ on the left side panel of the main interface, you will be prompted to create a wallet.
Click ‘Create wallet‘ tab given on the topmost bar of the homepage.
On the next window that opens, create a wallet name and browse its path where you want to locate it.
Set and confirm a password and click ‘OK’ to open the wallet you have created.
Click ‘Create Card‘ tab given on the topmost bar.
Type the name of the card and choose the card type from the drop down menu. Enter the details of the card.
You can select the ‘Delete Card’ tab to delete the details of the selected card. Click ‘Close Wallet’ to close the current wallet. You will be prompted to enter the password when you want to open a wallet next time.
6. Shred files
There are many files, folders, and documents in our computer that we want to get rid of, but we do not want them to be accessed by anyone else. It is a fact them pressing the ‘Delete‘ button or ‘Shift + Delete‘ does not erase any data from your computer. This deleted data can be recovered by anyone with twisted intentions. In order to erase such files permanently, you need a reliable solution such as Folder Lock. With this software, you can shred any unwanted files of folders in your computer and they will not be accessible to anyone any time in future.
Click ‘Shred Files‘ tab given on the left side panel of the homepage of Folder Lock.
Click ‘Add Items to Shred‘ from the drop down menu given on the top left corner of the bar.
After adding the files to the list, select them manually to shred. You can also click ‘Select all’ to shred all the files on display.
If you click the ‘Options‘ tab given at the bottom, you can choose more settings. I will talk about these options later after these instructions.
Click ‘Shred‘ to erase the selected files permanently. Read the notification that appears and click ‘Yes’ if you agree to delete the files forever.
Click ‘Empty Shredded Space‘ to shred all the deleted restorable files in the empty space of your hard drive. Select your target drive from the drop down menu. Select the shredding method from the next drop down menu and click ‘Start’.
Options of Shredding
When you click ‘Options’ button in the ‘Shred Files’ menu, you can make changes to the Program Settings and General Settings. The Password Security menu lets you set access control on various parts of Folder Lock by using an admin level master password. The ‘Shred Settings’ menu lets you set default actions for shredding the files. The ‘Auto Protection‘ menu lets you enable a set of actions that will be performed if you do not perform any action with your keyboard or mouse for a certain period of time. You can choose to exit the application, log off Windows, or shut down the Windows after a set number of minutes.
The ‘Hack Security‘ menu lets you monitor control, and perform certain actions on the basis of incorrect attempts of password entry that are made on different sections of Folder Lock. You can choose to exit the application, log off Windows, or shut down the Windows after a set number of incorrect password attempts. You can use the ‘Stealth Mode‘ to run Folder Lock only by using hot keys. You can set the privacy and hotkey options.
You can also set your preferences for locking and encryption in the ‘Preferences’ menu. You can set the preferences for online backup. The ‘Clean History‘ menu lets you clean the Windows temporary files, clipboard data, open/save directory, media player history, WordPad history, Run history, MS Paint history, Find Computer history, Recent Documents history, Find Files and Folders history, etc. All these options are marked by default; you just have to press ‘Clean‘ to erase the history.
Advantages of using Folder Lock
- If you are not able to understand the Folder Lock application even slightly, you can take support from the ‘Support’ menu given on the main interface of the application.
- The software gives you high-tech safety options to secure your important data.
- You can create portable lockers that are self- executable in your USB drives, DVDs, CDs, and emails.
- You can lock your folders and files to hide your personal photos, videos, and documents with just a few clicks.
- You can backup your lockers and sync the encrypted files in lockers safely in a secure cloud.
- You can create digital wallets to save your passwords, credit card details, Social Security Number, etc. safely and securely with Folder Lock.
- You can shred the unwanted files from your computer so that they are never recovered by anyone.
- Folder Lock gives you complete privacy in the era of digital thefts with so many options of locks and encryptions.
Disadvantages of using Folder Lock
While there are so many advantages of using Folder Lock, there are some downsides as well:
- For using the secure backup facility, you need to submit your credit card details. Many people are not comfortable with furnishing their credit card details to any or many software.
- If you set up a different password in different sections of Folder Lock, you may risk forgetting them. You may have to set a single password to protect, hide, lock, or encrypt your files and folders.
- You can also risk saving your passwords somewhere else, but that will defeat the entire purpose of having Folder Lock with you in case your Folder Lock passwords are leaked out.
- For beginners, a few commands of the Folder Lock application may seem a bit complicated. However, if you are slightly aware of the technical terminology, you will not face any problem understanding it.
Different options are available for online cloud storage for the trial version as well as the advanced version of Folder Lock. If you are looking for a temporary, but secure storage online, you can buy it from Folder Lock. You can pay for more storage later if you want to secure more data. Even if you buy the smallest amount of storage, you can rest assured of its security and safety. I would strongly recommend Folder Lock for its modern and high-tech features.