TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Protect your sensitive files and folders with Folder Lock - unique encryption software with an abundance of security options. This encryption program sports a colorful and useful graphical interface, easy to use for the uninitiated, yet powerful enough for the tech savvy. It provides complete privacy, protecting your data from loss, theft, or virus attacks.

Using an encryption software package can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Folder Lock, our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, has made the process effortless, through the use of password protected “lockers,” which are containers that hold your data. The user can create as many of these “lockers” as he wants.

Incorporated into the software are unexpected security “extras” that provide peace of mind for those obsessed with protecting their invaluable data. On the surface these additional elements seem like icing on the cake, but in reality they are necessary to ensure total security. NewSoftwares.net put a lot of thought into the creation of this program.

Folder Lock is the #1 choice when it comes to protecting your data. No other security utility provides all the features of high encryption, secure deletion, stealth mode and speed of conversion in one easy-to-use package for total secrecy.

Ease of Use
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10/10
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Folder Lock is straightforward and installs in less than a minute. No help is needed when installing the software. Starting the program displays a graphic of a blue vault. Using the program is simple, just drag and drop files and/or folders to the encrypt tab, then select "encrypt now" and wait. This is a one-time process; after this initialization, using your data is quick and painless. Close the vault and everything is protected. Using the lock tab is similar; drag and drop as before, then select "lock now." More security features become evident and can only be accessed once the locker is open. Should you encounter any difficulty while using the software, a well illustrated user's guide is incorporated into the program; no internet access is required.

Data Security
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8.9/10
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8.9
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2.2

Folder Lock's security is robust with 256 bit AES encryption. Decryption was transparent and showed no signs of lag even when playing a 1.7GB video file. The original files are shredded after encryption, leaving no remains on the user's PC, and file integrity was maintained after decryption. To insure a quality password is chosen, a password meter is displayed as a red or green ring around the safe’s combination dial, providing immediate feedback regarding the password’s strength. Should the user decide not to create a password, the password generator utility will securely accomplish the task.

The virtual keyboard method for inputting passwords prevents key-loggers from capturing key presses from the keyboard; an advanced security precaution utilized by many on-line banks. Another enhancement is that the “lockers,” which contain all your files, cannot be deleted unless the password is known. This prevents others from destroying your data, whether intentional or not. Some right click context menu options lets the user choose whether to “lock” or “encrypt” the files or folders. Both methods ensure the data is well protected. The history cleaning option can remove document history and clear clipboard data, which is an added bonus for this type of software. Stealth mode can completely hide the program from Windows and can be engaged with a user definable hot key.

Feature Set
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6.4/10
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6.4
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5.4
6.4
5.5
4.5
3.6
4.3
4.4
1.5
  • Speedy encryption and decryption
  • Context menu option
  • Virtual Drive
  • Portability
  • Lock Folders
  • Hack Attempt Monitor
  • Large Base of Supported Configurations

A folder of files (.docs, videos, .pdfs, .txt, .zip) totaling 4 GB in size was used to test the encryption and decryption speed of Folder Lock. It took six minutes to create the initial “locker,” and then move that folder with all files to the locker. Decrypting files was transparent and showed no performance hit. The context menu option allows the user to encrypt, decrypt, or lock without going through the main program.

Folder Lock uses the container method to store data. This concept includes the creation of a large container, or file, to act as a storage bin to hold all your data. Should your container not be large enough to hold all your files, Folder Lock is smart enough to expand it. Portability allows files to be emailed to others and can be stored on various media (CD, DVD, flash drives), without requiring installation of the software; only the password is needed for access. The lock feature works nimbly, removing the file or folder from view or access, a quicker choice over encrypting.

For the paranoid, the hack attempt monitor will monitor fake password attempts and shut the computer down. Folder Lock supports a large assortment of Windows operating systems, including Vista / 2003 / XP / 2000 / NT and is fully compatible on all disk drives types including FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and EFS.

Help and Documentation
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6.3/10
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5
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5
8.8
6.3
5

Folder Lock has a built in help system with well illustrated graphics. If more help is needed, the other choices are email (online form), knowledge base (FAQs - frequently asked questions), how-to’s, on-line blog, tutorials, postal address and social networking sites (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.).

There are over sixty FAQs covering versions 5.X and 6.X. The how-to’s are well illustrated and explain procedures step by step. The online blog covers all of NewSoftwares.net’s product line in-depth. Online flash based tutorials show the software being used on a Windows system and cover every aspect of use, with selectable topic chapters. There is no on-line chat or toll free support line, but considering all the different help channels available, these would be merely overkill.

Folder Lock Summary:
8.4/10

Folder Lock is an easy-to-use encryption software package. After a short setup of creating a new locker, accessing files and folders is a breeze and there is no noticeable slowdown when accessing your data. The many security features of this software set it apart from all the other encryption programs. One gem is the portability feature of Folder Lock, which allows you to take all your files on-the-go, for example, transferring your locker to a USB drive. After creating a locker, you merely select the portability button, which creates an auto run executable file and moves both to the USB drive. This creates a mini version of Folder Lock, and can be used on any Windows computer without the original software.

For those who like to try before you buy, one unfortunate downside to using the trial version is that it has a 15 use limit, instead of a 30-day trial. This usage limit doesn't give a user enough experimentation time to try all the features. Also, the portability feature of using a USB to store encrypted files is only available to registered users. In addition, when right clicking on files or folders, sometimes the folder lock option was available, other times it was not. Lastly, the software was often sluggish when opening and closing, but was still 100% functional. Other than these small annoyances, the program worked as expected. All in all, Folder Lock is a user friendly program with lots of bells and whistles that fulfills its purpose: privacy.

 
 
 

Folder Lock 6.4.1

Pros
Folder Lock has lots of useful features and quickly encrypts all your top secret documents.

Cons
The software was sometimes slow to open and close, and right click options weren't always available.

The Verdict
: 8.38/10

The vast feature set and numerous help options make Folder Lock a must-have.