Folder Lock comes with a perfect combination of security tools, letting you encrypt your important files; back them up in real-time, and store them to any portable device. 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.
'Locking' in Folder Lock refers to the process of protecting your files, folders, drives, and even programs by putting a protective lock on them. With the 'Lock' feature in place, any file, folder, drive, or a program file (EXE) that you have 'Locked', will be instantly Locked from access (depending on user settings).
Locking your folders and files with Folder Lock does not require technical expertise. With just a mouse click here and a mouse click there, you can Lock folders and files in a few seconds.
To lock your folders 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.
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 your files, folders and drives 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.
As soon as you have added your selected 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. To remove the Hidden option from the security settings for the Locked folders and files, simply go to the 'Settings' panel by clicking on the Settings button placed on top of the main menu. (see image below)
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:' 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. 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
Please note that 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.
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