Every day we offer FREE licensed software you’d have to buy otherwise.

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: 38 (51%) 37 (49%) 32 comments

Protected Folder 1.3 was available as a giveaway on April 30, 2017!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$39.95
free today
Best photo watermark software with faster speed and high quality!

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

Comments on Protected Folder 1.3

Thank you for voting!
Please add a comment explaining the reason behind your vote.
#26

Of course, in Windows 10 you can encrypyt the contents of any folders or files, and in MS Word and Excel you can password protect or encrypt those files using drop down menus to access the Properties/General/Advanced tabs.

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Cooper  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Until Lobit can answer the obvious and genuine concerns, can anyone recommend other effective free/low cost options to protect files and folders? This venue is normally quite proactive!

Reply   |   Comment by Ben Cooper  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

4 Free folder programs to secure files:

Free Hide Folder
Lock-A-Folder
HiddenDIR
SecretFolder

This link provides the software explanations and links.

http://www.intowindows.com/top-4-free-folder-locker-software-for-windows/

Reply   |   Comment by Paula  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#23

I've been using Truecrypt for a long time and I don't see reasons to change for this one. A positive point is that Protected folder has the option to avoid deletion of the folder, while Truecrypt doesn't have.
Obs.: I use Truecrypt 7.1

Reply   |   Comment by Edu  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

iobit products are not bad, but the renting/service charge prevents me from buying their products. I'll pass.

Reply   |   Comment by Sans  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

I think this works like a rental storage space. When the rent expires and you no longer pay for it, the contents of the folder are displayed and auctioned off like on reality TV.

Reply   |   Comment by beans  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

"Anvi Folder locker" is a free one that does this and more.

Reply   |   Comment by Mg  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

Won't be d/ling this for the same reason as others have written...no info on what happens after the :"free" 6 months. If a company doesn't want to print out a reply, it isn't worth trusting them. NOT for me !!

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

hello, after long time i would like to comment on this website, first i dont like 6 months trial second if you want to lock your folder with password the best free of charge option is WISE FOLDER LOCKER, im using this for some time and works great. i GOT a special need kid and most of time he deletes all my softwares and pics folders but with wise folder locker i have hide all those folders, i am not promoting any software but this look good to me to share with you mates. thanks

Reply   |   Comment by ohiloveyou  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

Sometimes you score a great piece of software here for free and it's value surpasses what you paid for it. Then there are times like this where the software being offered has a value equal to what you pay for it... nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by drken  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

More CripesWare from iObit, as in 'cripes, whatever happened to my protected folders after six months???'. As others have suggested, this is is precious close to being RansomWare as well, only a DIY (DYI?) version. Maybe it could also be called FootWare, as in shoot yourself in the foot ware.

Also as others have said, this will be very low grade 'security', easily circumvented by the methods suggested - hardly worth the hassle and effort unless the only prying eyes you are worried about belong to a blind bat, in which case you probably don't need any protection in the first place.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon Smith  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

There are several questions about the period of six months.
If you uninstall this software, all the protected maps and files are normally accessible.
It's even more simple. Boot with another OS(or Safe mode) and all files and maps are accessible.
I did install this software in Win10 and protected some maps and a file with it:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/m2582pjvlaucu57/MapVerbergen.png
and: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iwmftqpgr0f775r/Werking.png
I just rebooted the same OS without this GOTD-software and I could access everything:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/22p053t5dbnk2uj/Access.png

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#14

Lots of questions being asked about what happens after the 6 months trial has ended, but no answers from the developer. Personally I won't run Iobit software as it tends to constantly nag you to upgrade or tries to push their other products. This sort of software will protect your files and folders from the casual browser, but with a bit of know how can be defeated. If you really have something you don't want others to access the safest way is to encrypt it with a hard encryption key. Thanks but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveC  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#13

after 6 mo. you have to pay therefore i don't install

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#12

What happens after the 6 months..will I be locked out of my protected folders?

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

richard blanchard,

Usually with this type of software you will be able to use the trial version to unlock and recover your data.

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

richard blanchard,
No, uninstall and everything can be accessed.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

No problems installing or registering. Works very well.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)

Tim, Not very helpful....installing on Win7? 32/64 bit? Win 10? And you have used it for 15 minutes and it "Works very well"?

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

HellsBells, well... excuse me.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Does this work in a cloud (e.g. Dropbox) or only on the local hard drive?

Reply   |   Comment by Encyclopedia Brittanica  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

So you can use this to protect folders, but with a six-month licence.

What happens after that? If you don't want to buy a licence can you access the folders? Can you add/retrieve from the folders?

I hate the way 'giveawayoftheday' has become 'usethisforsixmonthsthenyouhavetopayforitoftheday'.

Reply   |   Comment by Glenn Gregory  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#8

What happens after 6 months? Will you not be able to see the protected folders unless you pay to extend the license? If so, that's sort of like ransomware isn't it? Just curious.

Reply   |   Comment by Sheila  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#7

What happens after the six month licence is up? Am I locked out of this folder as well until I pay a subscription?

Reply   |   Comment by Jimbo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
#6

After the 6 month "trial", is the "Protected Folder" still accessible and usable? I will still pass on Iobit software as there is just too much luggage that comes with it. 6 months and then $20 to keep it? I'll stick with Wise Folder Hider. I don't have any top secret stuff to keep safe; only to keep nosy eyes away from. (Win7-Pro/64 bit)

Reply   |   Comment by HellsBells  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

HellsBells: er, no. It isn't $20 to keep it. iObit isn't selling this. It's renting it . . . though the iObit website continues to be oddly coy about this: only at the point of purchase does the Avangate order form mention that $20 buys a mere 12-month license.

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

MikeR, Sorry, I spoke wrongly. It is rental software that comes with all kinds of pop-ups for upgrades and other products. I don't use any iObit software because of that. There's plenty of free software does the same job, if not better. Thanx for correcting me!

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

I am interested is protecting certain folders on my stand-alone Network Attached Storage and the product page does not have enough information. I have a shared NAS but not a shared computer - can this program be used for a NAS that is used by several other PCs on my home network as well as my own? The NAS own internal operating system is Linux and not Windows - will this program work? And what happens after the license expires in 6 months - do I lose the ability to secure my folders or is the program just no longer supported with updates and customer assistance?

Reply   |   Comment by Jon651  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

"the license is provided for 6 months"
What happens after 6 months? Are the folders suddenly unprotected or do we have to pony up the 20$ to get the folders back?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#3

How do you unlock the folder after six months?.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#2

As preposterous as ever, this iObit rentalware continues on at a recurring -- and wholly unjustifiable -- annual charge of $19.95, popping up once more on here with yet another of its mean 6-month licenses. Also continuing on is the absurd claim that this Windows app stops others from seeing, reading, or amending 'protected' files, even though iObit knows that if it is (very easily) prevented from loading -- Safe Mode, anyone? -- then it's as effective as a chocolate fireguard.

iObit's reputation has been hammered so many times over the years that one might've hoped it would at least take some notice of those who criticise its business practices and product claims. Evidently not. Thanks, GOTD, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)
#1

"The licence is provided for 6 months"
What does this mean - after 6 months you also can't get into your folders?

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

iPhone app giveaways »

Stop the Fuzz Giveaway
Put your reflexes to the test in this fast paced arcade adventure!
$0.99 ➞ free today
Free HD Wallpapers for Retina Display Giveaway
HD Wallpapers for Retina Display.
$0.99 ➞ free today
I Feel Good Vegan Recipes Giveaway
One of the most effective way to improve your health, energy and vitality.
$2.99 ➞ free today
Pocket Glasses Giveaway
People keep forgetting their glasses. It happens all the time.
$3.99 ➞ free today
Metal Detector PRO. Giveaway
Find magnetic field generating objects with your device!
$3.99 ➞ free today

Android app giveaways »

Auto Optimizer Giveaway
Auto optimize your device to keep it functional!
$2.49 ➞ free today
Space Symphony 3D Pro LWP Giveaway
One of the most amazing Space 3D live wallpapers on Google Play for your phone or tablet!
$0.99 ➞ free today
Mystic Guardian VIP : Old School Action RPG Giveaway
Challenge the infinite battle in endless dungeons.
$4.69 ➞ free today
AMOLED 4K PRO Wallpapers Giveaway
The amazing AMOLED 4K PRO Wallpapers.
$0.99 ➞ free today
Art Alive 3D Pro lwp Giveaway
The most amazing photo realistic art 3D live wallpaper at Google Play for your phone or tablet!
$0.99 ➞ free today