Folder Lock is a combination of data security tools and utilities at the core that provides a robust safeguard mechanism against data theft, data loss, and data leak. Folder Lock enables you to protect your private data, personal information, and confidential end-to-end communication channels with it's government-level 256-bit AES encryption for all it's encryption protocols, and 128-bit SSL connections for all online communication with data storage servers. In order to protect folders and files, Folder Lock offers two distinct features in the form of the Lock Files and the Encrypt Files features.
Lock To Protect Folders and Files
The 'Lock Files' feature, which is a quick way to password-protect your files, uses Windows Kernel-level locking mechanism which 'Locks' and protects folders and files from unauthorized access. This helps protect 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 'Lock' to protect folders and files in a few seconds.
To 'Lock' and protect folders and files, run Folder Lock and go to the Lock Files feature (see image below). Once there, enter the Master Password or the Lock Files Password to access the feature. If you are accessing the feature for the very first time, then you will get to see the following screen. This screen will also appear every time you use the Master Password to access the Lock Files feature.
If, however, you have set a different Lock Files Password for every unique user then you will see the following screen, where you can enter either a Master Password or the Lock Files Password to access the Locked Files module
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.
A password-strength meter will show you the strength of your password and you will have the option to enter your password using the Virtual Keyboard available. The Virtual Keyboard allows you to enter your Lock Files 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)
As soon as you have selected and added to protect 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 Locked and protected 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 the Hidden and protected 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 to protect your folders and files in Lock 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, folders, and drives, as well as System Drives, Virtual Drives, USB Drives, Memory Card, Camera, and any other external drives CANNOT be added to the Lock list for Lock protection.
Encrypt To Protect Folders and Files
Folder Lock helps you protect folders and files by encrypting any number of your folders and files using Military standard 256-bit AES on-the-fly encryption. Folder Lock encrypts and decrypts your folders and files on-the-fly i.e. the contents of your protected folders and files are loaded in memory instead of your computer's hard drive, further guaranteeing safeguard against any type of data breach. All this goes to protect folders and files that you hold near and dear without the unreasonable costs and learning curve.
To protect folders and files with Folder Lock's encryption feature, you will need to create a Locker first. Lockers are encrypted storage files and use government-level 256-bit AES encryption algorithm to store and protect your important files and folders that house all your protected folders and files with manipulating any of the protected item's contents in any way, allowing you to protect folders and files without risking loss of your data. Because these Lockers are undeletable without a correct password (depending on your security settings), you can be rest assured that whatever files you dump into them will remain confidential, theft-proof, and loss-proof.
To create a Locker, go to the 'Encrypt Files' feature in Folder Lock and click on the 'Create Locker' button on the top menu. (see image below).
Once you click on the 'Create Locker' button, the Locker creation wizard will start. The wizard starts with a request to input your 'Locker Path' and your 'Locker Name'. By default, the Locker name (e.g. Locker01) and the Locker path will be provided, by default, the Locker path is the My Documents folder on your PC. Once you have provided the required details, click 'Next' to continue to the next step where you will be requested to enter your Locker password details (see image below).
In the 'Set Locker Password' field, enter a password for your Locker and make sure that the password you set for your Locker is easy to remember but hard to guess as PASSWORDS CANNOT BE RECOVERED. A few rules for setting your passwords are that the password must be at least 6 characters short and up to a maximum of 100 characters long, and that you may use Alphanumeric or special characters to set your password.
You can see the password strength in the password-strength meter and you will have the option to enter your password using the Virtual Keyboard available which allows you to enter your Locker password without the fear of your password being hacked into by a Keystroke recorder or Keyloggers.
After setting your password, click 'Next' to continue to the next step where you will specify what a Locker type. You have an option of two unique Locker types: 1) Portable Locker; and 2) Basic Locker. By default, the wizard will select the Portable Locker. (see image below).
The major difference between the Portable Locker and the Basic Locker is the secure backup support which is not present for Basic Locker types. Lockers with an secure backup support allow you to backup your encrypted files to a secure secure backup account using Folder Lock's 'Secure Backup' service. Please also note that that the Portable Locker is of a FAT32 file system, i.e. you cannot store a file larger than 4GB in this type of Locker.
On the other hand, if you do not wish to create a Locker with the secure backup support, then you may select the Basic Locker option, which lets you protect folders and files of any size. The only restriction of these basic Lockers is that they CANNOT be backed up online.
Once you have selected your Locker type, click 'Next' to enter the Locker data size. (see image below).
You must be careful in setting a Locker data size as the size CANNOT be changed in the future. Setting a maximum size for your Locker data will be useful in meeting your future data protection needs. From the 'Choose Size' field, select the data size for your Locker data either from a preset of sizes or set your own custom size by clicking on the 'Custom' link to set your own Locker size. Once you have set the Locker size, the wizard will display the size of the Locker-file that will be required to create your Locker, as well as the available disk-space.
Important: Please remember to choose a Locker size between 300 MB – 2 TB for the Portable Locker, and a Locker size between 20 MB – 14 TB for the Basic Locker.
Once you finish setting up the size of the Locker, click on the 'Next' button to start the Locker creation process. After your Locker has been successfully created, you can open the Locker after you click on the 'Finish' button by checking the box next to the Open Locker After Finish field. Your Locker will open on a drive (the default drive on which the Locker mounts is Z:\) and you may then protect folders and files to it as well as explore it's contents.
If you do chose to open your Locker after the Locker creation process has completed, simply click on 'Finish' without checking the above mentioned box. You will be then taken to the main Encrypt Files list screen which will show your newly created Locker as open. From the Locker list, you can then Open, Edit, Copy/Move, and Delete your Locker. Optionally, you may also add this Locker to the 'Secure Backup' list.*
* Only if you have selected the Portable Locker.
To add and protect folders and files to existing Lockers, simply click on the Open Locker button on the top menu and drag and drop your files, folders, and drives into the Locker. The process is fast and does not take up unnecessary resources. Once you have added your items for protection inside the Lockers, close the Locker view window and your data will be immediately protected with the underlying security protocols in place at the time.