The 'Lock Files' feature, which is a quick way to password-protect your files, uses Windows Kernel-level locking mechanism which provides data protection by helping you to Lock folders and files from unauthorized access. This helps Lock folders and files even when someone tries to access them from Windows, DOS prompt, or Safe Mode.
In Folder Lock, 'Locking' is the process of protecting folders and files by putting a protective 'lock' on them. With the 'Lock' feature in place, any protected folders and files, including program files (EXE) that you have 'Locked', will be instantly Locked from access (depending on user settings).
Locking to protect folders and files requires no special programming skills on your part nor does it require waiting for the process to complete. The process is instantaneous with minimal user input. With just a mouse click here and a mouse click there, you can protect and Lock folders and files in a few seconds.
To password protect a folder and files, run Folder Lock and go to the Lock Files feature (see image below). Once there, enter the Master Password to access the feature.
You will have the option to enter your password using the Virtual Keyboard available. The Virtual Keyboard allows you to enter your password without the fear of your password being hacked into by a Keystroke recorder or Keyloggers.
Once you have entered the password to access your Locked files, 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 Lock folders and files 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 Lock files and the 'Add Folder(s)' button to Lock folders. (see image below). You can also add files, folders and drives by dragging and dropping them into the application window.
As soon as you have selected and added your items to Lock folders and files to the Locking list, the default security setting of Locked and Hidden will both be applied to the items, which will make your Locked items both inaccessible (Locked) as well as hidden.
Now your protected and Locked folders and files that have been added to the list will ALL be Locked and Hidden. With the Locked security setting, the items in the Locked list will not be accessible (i.e. Copying, Moving, and/or Deletion will not be allowed). The Locked security setting will make ALL your Locked folders inaccessible, even when others can view them. With the Hidden security settings, your protected folders and files will be hidden from view.
Please note that you can Lock and Unlock individual items by just selecting the file, folder or drive and clicking on the 'Lock' or 'Unlock' button. This way, except for the file you selected and performed Locking and Unlocking operation on, the rest of the items in the locking list will remain Locked.
Also note that the Hidden folders and files may still be accessible to users either through the Windows Run command or through DOS. Furthermore, the Hidden security setting will NOT affect your drives if you have chosen to add them to the Locking list, even if they get added to the list.
Another important point to consider when adding items to the Lock Files list in order to Lock folders and files is the addition of Locker files. Even though you can add folder(s) containing Locker files (.flka, flkb, flk), you CANNOT add Locker files directly to the Locking list. Furthermore, all restricted files and folders, as well as files with similar names on the Lock list CANNOT be added to the Lock list for Lock protection.
If you wish to simply have only the Locked security option enabled and remove the Hidden option, then you can do so by simply going to the Settings panel in Folder Lock 7. To navigate to the settings where you can change these options, simply click on the Settings button placed on top of the main menu.
Once you click on the 'Settings', go to the Locking and Encryption tab (see image below).
Once there, in the field 'By default, all Locked files will be:' deselect the Hidden 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 Locked folder(s) that have been added to the list will ALL be Locked. The Locked security setting will make ALL your Locked folders inaccessible, even when others can view them.