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Protect Your Secret Data With Folder Encryption

Just found this small utility software tool (about 330 KB) called Folder Encryption which claims to make the data inside specified folders inaccessible to others in all possible ways.
My first thoughts after reading about it was, 'Just another piece of software which claimed to be the best', but after some testing, I must say, I was surprised.

After a folder is encrypted, all the contents of the folder disappear and a copy of the Folder Encryption application file (lockdir.exe) is put in that folder (This file is used to decrypt the folder).

The protected folder cannot be copied or deleted. And as I found out, the files inside the folders weren't even accessible by searching through a Windows search or by using the command prompt. The size of the folder was also hidden.
The author website even mentions that Flash disk and Removable Hard disk folders can be secured with this software. Best of all - it is Free.

To encrypt a folder with Folder Encryption:
1. Run the application.
2. Specify the folder you want to protect, provide the password and click 'Encrypt'. Once encrypted, the icon of the folder changes (You can modify the settings if you do not want to change the icon of the secured folder).

Before clicking Encrypt, notice the two option buttons on the top; 'Encrypt current' locks the current folder and 'Encrypt Other' locks the folder you specify.

In the example image above, the folder named MySecretFiles has been encrypted. The icon is different. However, as I mentioned earlier, you can choose to not change the icons of encrypted folders.

3. To decrypt, just run the application that is inside the password protected folder and enter the password.

I'm damn sure there is a way to get around this, but haven't figured it out yet. This tool can be pretty useful, especially to protect files from people with whom you don't want to share your private files.

[Download Folder Encryption]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on January 26, 2008 at 10:44 PM  
Linux has had that for years .