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. The program also lets you password protect and lock files, folders and drives as well as hide them.
Folder Lock offers the 'Lock Files' feature, which is a quick way to password-protect your images. Folder Lock uses Windows Kernel-level locking mechanism which Locks and/or hides your files. This helps keep your files protected even when someone tries to access them from Windows, DOS prompt, or in Safe Mode.
'Locking' is a data protection method in Folder Lock that puts a protective lock on them. With the 'Lock Files' feature in place, your images will be instantly password protected through the Lock mechanism (depending on user settings). The default behavior in the Lock Files feature is the hidden and locked security setting, and it is suitable for users who wish to have a simple, powerful, and quick data protection mechanism without any encryption. Images that you lock, hide, or lock and hide remain that way even in Windows Safe Mode. Later, you can simply go to 'Lock Files' and enter a correct Lock Files password to unlock and unhide your images.
To password protect images with Folder Lock, simply run Folder Lock and go to the Lock Files module (see image below), where you have the choice to either use the Master Password or set a different password for Lock Files to start protecting your files, folders and drives with Lock Files.
PASSWORDS IN FOLDER LOCK ARE IRRECOVERABLE. Please always take care to keep a password that is easy to remember but hard to guess.
After entering the password to access the Lock Files module, click 'OK' to continue to the Lock Files list, where you will enter a main window showing the Lock Files list which will be empty if you have accessed the feature for the first time. (see image below).
You can password protect images by adding them to this list. To do that, click the 'Add' button on the top menu and select from the add option from the pull down menu
To password protect images kept in a folder or in multiple folders, click on the 'Add Folder(s)' button to select your folder(s) (see image above). Once you have added the folder(s) with your images in them, you will see them listed. You can also lock your images 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.
To password protect images individually, click on the 'Add File(s)' button to select your images (see image below). Once you have added the images, you will see them listed.
To password protect images kept/stored in drive(s), click on the 'Add Drive(s)' button to select the whole drive(s) with your images in them (see image below). Once you have added the drive(s), you will see them listed.
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 Folder Lock allows you to add folders in order to password protect images even if the folders contain Locker files. However, you will not be able to directly add any Locker files containing the images you wish to protect to the list. Furthermore, you also cannot password protect images kept/stored in virtual drives, USB drives, memory cards, cameras, any other external drives, as well as those images kept/stored on shared folders, network mapped drives or any other network storage space.
As soon as you have added your images to the Lock Files list, the default Lock Files security setting of Locked and Hidden will both be applied to the images. Additionally, the security setting of 'Set Locking ON for all unlocked items when I exit Folder Lock' will also be applied to the listed images by default. (for full version only).
The purpose of the Lock Files option is to password protect images that have been added to the list. It will initiate a data protection mechanism that will restrict unauthorized access to all images that you have added or will add to the list. Your images will be safe from being accessed and manipulated through unscrupulous means. With the Locked security setting, the items in the Lock Files list will NOT be accessible (i.e. Copying, Moving, and/or Deletion will not be allowed).
Additionally, all your images in the Lock Files list will be Hidden as well. With the Hidden security setting, the images in the Lock Files list will NOT be visible. Your hidden images will also not be found using the 'Search for files and folders' in Windows once they are password protected, which means total privacy and peace of mind for you.
Note on Hidden Files/Folders: Please remember that Hidden images may still be accessible to users through the Windows Run command as well as DOS if anyone knows the direct path to the file(s).
Note on Hidden Drives: Please remember that, in the Hidden scenario, although your selected drives will get added to the 'Lock Files' list, your drives WILL NOT be hidden; the Protection ON/OFF function will also NOT work in this case.