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Protected Folder 1.3 Giveaway
$19.95
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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: 37 (34%) 72 (66%) 34 comments

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

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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

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Price:

$19.95

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#11

Just use 7zip - It's free!
Just zip whatever up & add a password!
Simple as that!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe~Kool  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

Been using AxCrypt for years. Works great. Can use master password or key-file.

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

Safehouse Explorer works for me Portable and free too

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#8

I had downloaded the previous version from GOTD. It worked for a time. But, after a time I could not open it. Because it didn't accept my password. I could not change my password for it required me to open the program. I uninstalled it. It should include a password recovery tool like e-mail or a private question that only I can answer.

Reply   |   Comment by M.Mustafa Ciftcioglu  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#7

The license is only for 6 months, but if you happen to have Windows 10, there is a way to do this forever with a tiny bit of work and no more applications you need to install. As I am not sure if I am allowed to share links, just search up "password protect folders" on Google and it is the first result.

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

Jum,

Thank you, Jum, for the awesome tip. I found an excellent tutorial on youtube on "How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows 10", by Britec09.

One can use this method forever. And it's free.

Cheers,

consuella

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

Jum, Thanks, very grateful for the tip. I have to say that some of the tips on this site (from other users who are kind enough to share) are better than the very time limited offers that appear :)

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Carey  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Jum, what happens tho if windows goes down and you reinstall do you lose your protected files or hidden files?

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Grant  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Stephen Grant, i mean by the way by the software way

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Grant  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

consuella,

Addendum to my previous post.

Britec09 explains very well how to do it, but do not follow his link, as it leads to a paid version of the needed batch file. In order to obtain a free batch script and written instructions, please follow closely Jum's tip.

Cheers,

consuella

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

Jum, how can you not be allowed to share a link??? Where do you live, China??

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Stephen Grant, this has never happened to me, so I am not sure, but I am almost certain that the same thing would happen using this software being suggested by GOTD.

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

Another thing I did not mention is that when the trial expires, so does your ability to access your files, so this is much less worrisome.

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

Jum, If anyone right click to the bat file and choose edit from right click menu he will see the password in the place we put it so this method is insecure!

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Jack,

Good point Jack. But you can also hide the batch file. Sure, it is not a perfect solution, but it can reduce the chance of discovering a password a bit.

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

Jack, not all websites allow users to share links other than moderators and admins, I am sure you are aware of this.

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

Quote { Protected Folder is an ideal tool for you. Please note: the license is provided for 6 months} UnQuote

So let us say you locked 3,000 important files inside the iOBit Protected Folder.
After 6 months the program stops working. Then what?
You shell out the money to BUY the program or else......
Worse, iObit decided to discontinue the product for whatever reasons.
You cannot buy the software even if you are willing to pay.
Say goodbye to your 3,000 important files.

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

ricohflex,
if they are that important put them on a disk or a stick and put it in your safety deposit box.
I do that with my tax files.
every year I do my taxes, e-file and put all of my personal files on a stick and store it in my box.
Your files can't be that important if you are willing to trust them to a free program that has a life expectancy of 6 months to a year.
When other people backup their hard drives, I clone my hard drive to another using a USB / SATA adapter and put the hard drive in my box too.
Protect your "important" files and don't just keep one copy on your hard drive.
you never know when your hard drive will stop working or the MBR gets corrupted and then you are completely out of luck.

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

ricohflex, it is most likely that this does nothing to the files or folders as far as the file system layout is concerned but far more likely leverages a kernel driver or API hook to intercept file system access to filter out the "protrcted" folder/s and contents from standard filesystem access unless the requisite password/s is/are entered. Akin to malware rootkit technology or before that the way lenovo hid certain folders on some of their workstations in earlier this century. To test this hid an inconsiquential folder and try rebooting into safe mode and it is likely they will still be fully accessible as the driver/api hook will probably not be loaded in safe mode. It could be really invasive and install itself into safe mode drivers and still be hidden in which case rebooting into liveCD or USB stick with a completely different operating system like bartPE or Ubuntu and if the "protected" folders are still not accessible then your concerns are valid but I doubt the files will still be concealed! iObit developers are not that talented!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

Sorry, this program can NOT protect maps on an USB-stick:
Some folders/maps were secured by this program:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/oxnw6mmg9h9zh1n/SchijnVeiligheid.png
And it seem to work; not visible in Win10, map 3, C and E are hidden:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g0qt966ah9cn2hh/MappenUSB-Win10.png
And restarted the PC in Win8.1 and accessed the same stick. All maps are visible:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ntseo2jd5fy5az/MappenUSB-Win8.1.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#4

I had this once on Windows 7 or XP, and it took me months to figure how to get rid of it. I couldn't uninstall or delete it. One of the reasons that I will never allow anything from Iobit on my computers.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Robert,
It's so true about iObit software.

Yesterday I decided to uninstall iObit Uninstaller. Their own Uninstaller could not find it, which I can somewhat understand. But neither did it Revo Uninstaller, though. So, I went to the Program Files where iObit Uninstaller resided, and used the uninstall file from within their own program folder. I ran the tool, and when it was finished, it stated the their program (iObit Uninstaller) had been successfully uninstalled, and the remaining files would be completely removed at the next reboot of my computer. I was happy with that statement. So, I rebooted my machine, went back to the Programs Folder, hoping that there was no trace of iObit Uninstall program left there. But to my great disappointment, there was still a whole bunch of iObits files in iObit Uninstall program folder, and none of those files could be removed by a simple Delete command. They just were stuck there, and would not budge. It took me quite an effort and time to remedy this annoying situation (mainly with the use of Autoruns and regedit).

Based on this experience, I will never, ever install anything from iObit again.

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Consuella
For uninstalling I use Soft Uninstals (which I got from GAOTD) and have had no trouble from it. It uninstals then if you ask it it will remove all traces.
For deleting ‘undeletable’ files (by the normal delete method) someone suggested a method which I tried once (it worked) using task manager and explorer, but it was frightening, easy to cause damage. I still have it but avoid using it.
Instead, reboot Windows in ‘Safe mode’ (I assume that as an expert you know how to do this) and there you can probably delete the files without a problem.
Alternatively get hold of Hiren's Boot CD (it was given to me so I do not know if it is free or not) and in it boot up ‘Mini Windows’, and there you can generally delete whatever you want — or rather don't want.
I suggest that all readers of these comments make a note of this as it is VERY important and discovering it relieved me of years of worry and annoyance.

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

Zen ,

Thank you for sharing your experience and for the valuable tips. I am an average computer user, just trying to gain some more knowledge on computing.

It is thanks to people like you (and many other commenters), and thanks to the very understanding Moderator, that we all benefit from a free and uncensored exchange of information and experience regarding various aspects of the software offered here daily by the generous Team of GOTD.

Thank you all for that.

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

This App offers almost no Protection - as this is true for all folder hiding apps for Windows!

Hints:
- IMPORTANT: Programs for file/folder protection should NEVER be from US (or being designed for the US-market) !!!
- AND: ONLY real encryption will keep your data safe!

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

wosa, Ok, but why shouldn't they be from US?

Reply   |   Comment by Stavros Sk.  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Stavros Sk.,
... due to US laws... Simplified explanation: Companies HAVE TO let a backdoor door open for the US authorities; and be assured: you cant´t count on, that those secrets always ONLY remain in those hands...

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

wosa, Right, I see. Thanks for explaining.

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

"Protected Folder 1.3"

The same version(1½) year) on:

June 27, 2018:
https://ww.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-3-3/
on nov 4, 2017:
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-3-2/
and on april 30,2017:
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-3/

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#1

Amount of times i've locked my files up and lost them because of a fault or windows update is unreal.Would never lock them away again.I keep them on a usb stick or something.Thanks anyway though.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)
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