Folder Lock offers the 'Lock Files' feature, which is a quick way to password-protect your files. Folder Lock uses Windows Kernel-level locking mechanism which Locks your folders and files. This helps keep your files protected even when someone tries to access them from Windows, DOS prompt, or Safe Mode.
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).
To Hide files and folders with Folder Lock, you do not require technical expertise. With a simple mouse-click operation, you can start Hiding files and folders in a few seconds.
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.
The password will also be case-sensitive. It is, therefore, strongly recommended to make sure that you keep a password that is hard-to-guess, but easy-to-remember. Your Lock Files password will be at least 6 characters short and up to a maximum of 100 characters long. You may use Alphanumeric or special characters to set your password.
Once you have entered the password to access the Lock Files feature, click 'OK' to continue to the Lock Files list. This list will be empty if you are entering the Lock Files feature for the first time.
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).
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.