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Hide Files 6.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Hide Files 6.0

Secure your confidential files and folders.
$15.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 39 (68%) 18 (32%) 26 comments

Hide Files 6.0 was available as a giveaway on August 15, 2020!

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Secure your confidential files and folders. Hide Files is a folder-locker utility. You can encrypt and decrypt your sensitive documents, photo albums, videos, emails and any kind of data. You can password protect any secret or embarrassing files. Hide your files and folders from prying eyes. Set your master password and lock your files.

No one can access your files without your master password. Hide Files supports NTFS, FAT32 and FAT16 file system types, local hard drives, external hard drives, SSD drives, SD/MMC memory cards and USB flash disks. Hide Files can lock and unlock your gigabytes of data within seconds. Hide Files supports drag and drop from Windows Explorer and supports lost password recovery. Hide Files stops locking process if any file or disk error occurs and helps you not to lose your important data.

However it is always a good idea to backup your important files and folders first.

System Requirements:

Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP

Publisher:

Vovsoft

Homepage:

https://vovsoft.com/software/hide-files/

File Size:

2 035KB

Licence details:

Lifetime, no updates

Price:

$15.00

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#13

I had several viruses warning from my Windows 10 PC during installation, anyway if the password is stored in the registry it cannot be very secure, there are plenty of free security apps available anyway,

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Hi, can a ransomware affect hidden files? Are hidden files has a special file extension?

Reply   |   Comment by Marley Bob  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#11

i was looking for such app

Reply   |   Comment by Vishal Bhatty  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#10

I suppose this app is the same as other lockable type folders, that is when the PC is started in safe mode everything hidden is wide open and visible!

Reply   |   Comment by maxcorrigan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

maxcorrigan,

According to the product page, no... ""Hide Files" makes data hidden, changes folder locations and renames files. " ""Hide Files" keeps filenames and directory structure on Windows Registry. It can't restore these files without proper Windows Registry entries."

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

mike, Thanks just tried it out on a W7 laptop (easier to get safe mode) and in safe mode it did not reveal the test file i had hidden as most other apps that i've used normally do!

Reply   |   Comment by maxcorrigan  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

For strong security, the software must be:

1-Portable and never installed on any specific drive
2-No password stored on your C: drive and the password must be encrypted on a USB drive as key file
3-The vault created must be encrypted by default on an external drive
4-The individual files must be encrypted and decrypted only when correct password is typed.

This software has none of the above.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike2  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Mike2, interesting requirements. Any free, or occasionally free software you could lead us into?

Reply   |   Comment by N  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

One word for you VeraCrypt.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/veracrypt/

Reply   |   Comment by John Carrie  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#7

Just want to thank all commenters for the info.I usually check what you all write about the giveaways to see if its worth even for free.Free is free but not at the expense of your files...

Reply   |   Comment by Sina  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#6

One of the features of the licensed version is 'Recover forgotten password'

So that makes me wonder that if there is a back door then what is preventing the program from using it in the background to pass data on?

Too much of a potential security worry to try.

And without a standalone version, it would make data recovery more difficult in the event of a system crash where you would need to boot from an external source to access drives and partitions.

If I recall correctly, windows can already hide files and folders on NTFS partitions.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

"One of the features of the licensed version is 'Recover forgotten password'
So that makes me wonder that if there is a back door then what is preventing the program from using it in the background to pass data on?"


Per the FAQ: "A reminder email will be sent to your email address associated with your license key. It is not possible to send password recovery email without a registered license key."
&
""Hide Files" makes data hidden, changes folder locations and renames files. It provides essential protection. But it doesn't encrypt the file contents because content encryption is a time-consuming operation and usually irreversible if correct key is forgotten."
&
"Question: My computer crashed, i can't access my hidden files...
Answer: "Hide Files" keeps filenames and directory structure on Windows RegistryIt can't restore these files without proper Windows Registry entries. Fortunately "Hide Files" creates backups that can facilitate recovery. First of all, download and install the latest version of "Hide Files" from our web site. Then, launch the application and use the menu item: "Process" - "Recover Lost Files"..."

So, it's not so much about security, but more about preventing embarrassment IMO, though you can certainly encrypt the files you want to hide using whatever app before you hide them. RE: Recovery, since Hide Files uses data in the registry to remember what file names were changed, what they were changed to, and where they were moved, if Windows won't run you'd have to mount the hive with those registry entries using another copy of Windows, e.g. WinPE, and try to figure it out if their built-in backup didn't work.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#5

No thanks! I'm happy with my VeraCrypt

Reply   |   Comment by Angus Stradamus  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#4

Podpinam się pod pytanie KK. Nic nie stoi w przeszkodzie zainstalowania programu. Jednakże chciałbym najpierw uzyskać odpowiedź od pracownika odpowiedzialnego za to z Vovsoft zanim jednak go użyję. Nie powiem, żeby mi nie zależało na ukryciu nawet takich rzeczy jak zapisane hasła na komputerze, ale ta informacje będzie miała przewodni oddźwięk do zostawienia lub odinstalowania tego programu

Reply   |   Comment by Paweł  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-26)

Paweł, Well that's easy for you to say

Reply   |   Comment by Zriddy  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Zriddy, could you make it more comfortable for me to understand ? As far as you don't seem a person who works for this company, I don't mind asking you whether I demand too much from my message or not.

Reply   |   Comment by Paweł  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

....but not easy for us to understand!

Reply   |   Comment by hamish  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

hamish, Ok you're right but as I saw in the previouse giveaways my mother language as a Polish wasn't being a trouble to understand (translated however). So thank you for making me more comfortable to understand ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Paweł  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Just a heads up for you all, Vovsoft has done some previous giveaways here and their software is known to be a bit amateur-ish.

- One of the biggest mistakes is storing passwords as plaintext in the registry.
- A shady thing, as mentioned by KK (#2) here is that they apparently collect personally identifiable information.

Source: https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/daily-journal-4-2/ (comment #12 by TK)

Comments on older version of this software:
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/hide-files-4-4/ (see comment #5 by starvinmarvin about why this isn't a great idea in general)

That's not to discourage anyone or to say they haven't improved their software, but just a warning so someone doesn't lose access to their important documents.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

Mark, could they still be that amatureish? No and Yes LOL master password is stored in an encoded form in the HKLM registry hive this time so sorta better but... in C:\VVSFTFLDRHD is a file called 1.db that you'd think was an encrypted database? nope I locked a single simple text file and it vanished and in its place a bunch of registry entries in HKLM\Software\VOVSOFT\HideFiles\
one "DiskCheck" whose function is not known but also irrelevent. and the other "Files" contains the path of the file that was locked as a string name and the place it is stored in plain text as the string value! "C:\VVSFTFLDRHD\1.db" yes really this is storing the locked files in a different location and renamed, security through very weak obscurity!
Folders are done is a similar way and all stored in the same folder on the root of the drive and the folder name is stored in the registry and the folder contents names are also stored in the registry and in unencrypted plain text form as numbered .db files in that folder referenced by the registry database...

Unless you are a terrorist or other criminal do not use this to protect your sensitive information as it won't protect anything from anyone with any interest in finding your data.

The Password is stored in encoded form not encrypted form and has no real bearing upon the operation of the programs locking or unlocking since there is no encryption performed. You can simply delete the key HKLM\SOFTWARE\VOVSOFT\Hide Files\Secret64 and next time the program is run it will ask for a new master password which can be anything... and you can then "unlock" or "lock" files folders and drives as much as you like. Zero real security!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK,
Thanks once again for looking into the software and your time, very valuable knowledge that comes down to "not worth using"

It just saddens me that there are people and companies trying to push their poor, paid, redundant software onto people who don't know better, when there are free alternatives that are well-made and work better.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Can this be directly installed to an external HDD and run from that same HDD?
Also, does Vovsoft collect information on files included in folders that it PW-protects? I'd like to protect tax information and other banking info, but I'm a bit concerned by the ToS.

Reply   |   Comment by KK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

KK, what i have done with my own pc's, i created a virtual hard drive, then i used bitlocker to encrypt it. as a 2nd set of security, the files stored on it, are also encrypted. when i have need for the files, i click on the .vhd file, enter my bitlocker password, utilize what i need. when done, i right click on the drive letter, and 'eject' it.

Reply   |   Comment by walt  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#1

It doesnt look like this software encrypts anything, it just hides it, is that correct?

Reply   |   Comment by JB  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

JB, according to their website:

Question: Does "Hide Files" provide military-grade encryption?

"Hide Files" makes data hidden, changes folder locations and renames files. It provides essential protection. But it doesn't encrypt the file contents because content encryption is a time-consuming operation and usually irreversible if correct key is forgotten.

Question: I forgot my password. I keep getting wrong password error message. How to recover my password?

Open "Hide Files". Click: "Forgot Password". A reminder email will be sent to your email address associated with your license key. It is not possible to send password recovery email without a registered license key.

Reply   |   Comment by Detenova  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

JB, correct it only hides it by moving the file to a special folder and creating a registry based indexing database with original file and folder paths and the new name and location... It's kind of analogous of how the recycle bin works but without a proper database to contain all the original files/folder attributes and access control lists. No encryption or encoding just file name obfuscation and moving to an out of sight folder.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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