Folder Lock will help you protect your files and lock them with your own password in a 3 fairly easy steps. Go ahead and download your free trial version of Folder Lock from the link above and try out how easy it is to lock a secret file on your computer. you can simply go to 'Lock Files' and enter the correct password to unlock and unhide your files.
Step1: Before you can start Locking your files, folders, drives with Folder Lock, you will need to run Folder Lock and enter your Master Password that you have set during the installation.
Step 2: Enter Master Password
Before you can start Locking your files, folders, drives with Folder Lock, you will need to run Folder Lock and enter your Master Password that you have set during the installation.
What's A Master Password? It i s a user-selected password or passphrase that a user sets when he/she first installs Folder Lock. As a result, ALL administrative rights to the program will belong to the user with the Master Password. Please remember that ONLY the Master Password holder can use the Lock Files feature.
Step 3: To add your files, folders, and drives to the Locking list, click on the 'Add' button on the top menu. You will then be given a pull down menu with options to add your files, folders, or drives.
Part 2 How to Password protect USB/CD
Folder Lock lets you keep your personal files encrypted in a variety of ways, in both PC and portable drives and offers backup of protected files to an online storage. Protect USB/CD features three powerful options to protect your portable data, including Protect USB, Protect CD/DVD, and Encrypt Email Attachments.
Protect USB enables you to convert your Lockers into self-executable applications that you can copy to your USB or external drives. You can then simply execute them on any computer and enter the correct password to access your data even if you don't have Folder Lock installed.
Step 1: Click on 'Protect USB/CDe' button.
Here you will be required to enter details for the existing Locker.
The 'Locker Location' field, as shown in the above sanpshot, will ask you to locate your existing Locker you have saved on your computer. Select the Locker and press 'Open'. Next, enter the destination for the portable Locker in the 'Select Your USB Drive' field. This will be the destination where the existing Locker will be copied as a portable Locker. After you have entered the required details, click on 'Next' to start the Locker copying process. After the portable Locker and the .EXE file creation has been successfully completed, click on 'Finish' to close the wizard.
Part 3 How to Encrypt Files and Folders
Step 1: To start encrypting your files, you will need to create a Locker. To do this, go to the 'Encrypt Files' feature in Folder Lock and click on the 'Create Locker' button on the top menu. You'll be asked to set a password.
To open the Locker after you click on the 'Finish' button, simply check the checkbox next to Open Locker on Finish. This will mount and open the newly created Locker on a drive (the default drive on which the Locker mounts is Z:\). Once your Locker is opened, you may then explore and add your files to it.
How to delete a Locker?
If you wish to delete your Locker, simply run Folder Lock and go to the 'Encrypt Files' feature, where you can see all your Lockers in the list. To delete a Locker, select the Locker you wish to delete from the list, and click on the 'Edit Locker > Delete Locker' button from the menu above. Clicking on the 'Delete' button will ask you for a password. Enter either your Locker Password OR the Master Password and click on 'Yes' to confirm deletion of your Locker.
Part 4 How to Shred files, Folders and Drives
To shred your files, folders, and drives, simply click on the appropriate 'Add' option (i.e. Add Files(s), Add Folder(s), and Add Drive(s)) and select the items you wish to add to the shredding list. You can add as many items to the shredding list as you wish. Once you have selected your file(s), click 'Open' to add your file(s) to the shredding list.
The Shred Files feature in Folder Lock enables you to shred and securely delete important or explicit material from your computer to prevent recoverability of your data. Shred Files also permanently empties hard drive space to be sure that your previously deleted files are completely irrecoverable.
click on the Shredding Method to select your Shredding Method. By default, the shredding method selected for you will be 'Zeroes'. Once you have made your selections, click on 'Start' to begin the shredding process. To cancel the shredding process, simply click on the 'Cancel' button.
Part 5 How to Hide the Locked Files and Folders
The Lock Files feature in Folder Lock allows you to Lock as well as Hide your files and folders. 'Hiding' in Folder Lock refers to the process of protecting your files and folders, as well as your drives and program files by putting a protective 'lock' on them. With the 'Hide' feature in place, your files and folders, and all your selected program files (EXE) will be instantly Hidden from view (depending on user settings).
Step 1: To hide files and folders, run Folder Lock and go to the Lock Files feature (see image below). Once there, enter the Master Password to access the feature.
Step 2: You can now Hide files and folders by clicking on the 'Add' button on the top menu. This will bring up a pull down menu from where you will need to select the 'Add File(s)' to Hide files and the 'Add Folder(s)' button to Hide folders. (see image below).
Step 3: You can also hide your files and folders by dragging them anywhere from your computer and dropping them into the program window. As soon as the selected item is dropped, it gets listed in the Locked items and the security setting of Locked and Hidden will both be applied to the items by default.
Once you click on the 'Settings' button as shown in the image above, go to the Locking and Encryption tab (see image below).
In the field titled 'Lock Files Will Be:' (see image above), deselect the Locked option and then press 'Apply' to confirm the changes made. One you have finished with the changes, click on 'OK' to exit the 'Settings' panel.
Now your files and folders in the Lock Files list will ALL be Hidden. With the Hidden security setting, the items in the Lock Files list will NOT be visible. Additionally, your hidden files and folders will not be found using the 'Search for files and folders' in Windows once they are protected, which means total privacy and peace of mind for you.
Note on Hide Files and Folders with Folder Lock: Please remember that Hidden files and folders may still be accessible to users through the Windows Run command as well as in DOS.
Download the free trial version below to have a try.