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Protected Folder 1.3 Giveaway
$19.95
EXPIRED

Giveaway of the day — Protected Folder 1.3

Password-protect your folders and files from being seen, read or modified.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 20 (29%) 49 (71%) 14 comments

Protected Folder 1.3 was available as a giveaway on June 27, 2018!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$29.95
free today
The most advanced screen recording software.

Protected Folder is designed to password-protect your folders and files from being seen, read or modified. It works like a safety box, just drag and drop the folders or files you want to hide or protect into Protected Folder, then no one can see, read or modify them. Whether you are concerned with privacy, data theft, data loss, or data leaks, Protected Folder is an ideal tool for you.

Please note: the license is provided for 6 months

System Requirements:

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

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

http://www.iobit.com/en/password-protected-folder.php

File Size:

2.98 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#3

Dear users,

Thanks for your reports. We are aware of the issue with the registration code and have already contacted the developer. We'll update the code ASAP.

Sorry for the inceonvenience.
--
Always yours,
GOTD Team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#9

Other bogus claims by ioBit:

"Safer Files & Data Locker

Virus, spyware and ransomware still are threat to the security for your important files and private data. For instance, the wide spread WannaCry extorted users by encrypting files. Protected Folder optimized engine to let it keep locking files even if the PC is suffering malicious attack."

And if you had the "Data Locker" unlocked so you could use the files then WannaCry and all other malware would have access to the files... It is entirely possible that advanced malware will bypass their filter driver too and access the filtered folders they call a "Data Locker" and encrypt them with impunity. As any anti-rootkit tool will see through their filter driver easily. I BET they never tested their toy against WannaCry or any other ransomware... but just figured claiming protection would be good marketing speak.

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

Program has crashed my PC too many times on installation. Not willing to try again

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Cramer  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

Why not just use 7zip, winzip or winrar?
Just zip up what ever files or folders you want!
Then password protect them - Simple & free!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe~Kool  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

if you are using win10, create a virtual hard drive of whatever size needed, then use bitlocker to encrypt that drive. move to that drive all files you want to restrict access to, and to keep other pc users from seeing what is stored there, in the window, right click the drive, and eject it. when access is again needed, just click the virtual drive, input your password, and it is there to use. why use software that you must purchase and renew when microsoft has already provided you with secure tools to do just that?

Reply   |   Comment by walter  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+37)
#5

hope it will works next day

Reply   |   Comment by Beast  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#4

To clarify:

(1) 'The program is available for $19.95' but free today. No, it isn't. Today's is a $10 giveaway of half the duration of that $19.95 license;

(2) It's half the duration because iObit doesn't actually 'Protected Folder' but merely rents it out. The $19.95 license must be renewed annually if a user wishes this software to keep on working;

(3) Recurring licenses are typical of anti-malware specialists which need to meet cost overheads incurred by the constant updating of their signature base. iObit incurs no similar overhead because it needs to do no such updating. Today's version 1.3 is identical to the version here on GOTD on November 4 last year;

(4) Protected Folder is, self-evidently, a Windows app. Which means it starts when Windows starts. Which means if a computer is booted in Safe Mode so that only essential system files are loaded, Protected Folder isn't loaded at all. So it can't protect, still less make anything invisible, at all.

Verdict: 'Protected Folder' is typical iObit rentalware for which no reason exists other than blatant commercial greed. It is trounced by existing security freeware and its claimed 'invisibility' instantly defeated by Safe Mode. As far as cost and usefulness go, a chocolate ashtray is therefore a better and cheaper investment because the price isn't annually recurring.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+90)

MikeR,
Thank you for the clear explanation how useless iObit Protected Folder is.
In any case, iObit made it clear the Giveaway license is for 6 months.
Which for any locking software is nonsensical. Since it makes the user a hostage.
He has to keep paying periodically to access his locked away data.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

MikeR, Thank you for your comments and help, only one thing, a chocolate ash tray is likely to be eaten and there is a recurring charge in constantly replacing it. However, you do get some benefit from eating it, unlike ......

Reply   |   Comment by Laxative  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

I think MyLockbox will do all this for free.
There are many programs that hide files without encryption. This is one of them.
You can have free encryption if you like. Axcrypt and Flashcrypt are good ones.
For protecting a usb flash drive there is USBSecurity.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#1

“Privacy Protection
…, the only way to access these files is with your password.”
Above quota pretends, your data is safe. Oh, that sound great!
… But as with all those tools it took me just a few seconds to find out how it works and how to access the data inside the “protected” folders:
As they use a “filter driver” (sic…), the easiest way is/was to restart the machine in protected mode or via a Windows PE.
Et voila: Folder and its files could be accessed at once – without any restrictions;
– the folder exists in the same place
– and with its original name, too!

Why?
– because the “filter driver” IS NOT LOADED (not present) in protected mode or while starting up any machine through an independent operating system (including Windows PE builds).

Conclusion
- This, too is just a light weight solution for quickly “hiding” contents – no more no less.
- last but not least 6 month-only -license?...
- Decide your own if this fits your needs…

Reply   |   Comment by WOSA  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+79)

WOSA, thanks for the comment saves me saying the same... this is just a the concealing part of a rootkit with the a user interface that provides zero real protection. To charge money for it is unjustified and to charge annual rental is dispicable, and to only offer a never sold 6 month license term is just a fake giveaway... it's a trial for a rented product whose protection goes away just by booting into safe mode or uninstalling the program. Does it require the password to be entered before uninstallation? I doubt it... so EVERY claim it makes for itself is false.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

TK, the claims for this software have been false for years, right back to the time in 2006 when it was launched as freeware, and then changed to payware, and finally, to rentalware. This particular Chinese developer is well aware of the falsity of its claims but still tries it on in hope we're not (a) savvy or (b) Malwarebytes.

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

MikeR, Quite right! I refer back to a time when they were accidentally honest...

"Protected Folder: Password Protected Folder/Files for PC Dummies"

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/iobit-protected-folder-11/

Only "PC Dummies" would be fooled by the product and its claims!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
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