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Giveaway of the day — Protected Folder 1.2

Password-protect your folders and files from being seen, read or modified.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 46 (46%) 53 (54%) 33 comments

Protected Folder 1.2 was available as a giveaway on October 1, 2016!

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Resize partition spaces without reformatting disk and reinstalling OS!

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 software includes a 6-months license.

System Requirements:

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

Publisher:

iObit

Homepage:

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

File Size:

2.8 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#21

This has appeared twice before, same version, same 6 month trial license, similar user ratings

December 17, 2013
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-2/

July 28, 2015
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-2-2/

March 28, 2016
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder-1-2-3/

Earlier versions given away with no mention of a 6 month trial license on:
May 12, 2011
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/protected-folder/

and
July 25, 2012
https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/iobit-protected-folder-11/

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#20

Is this: in six months give me money or you lose all your files forever type of deal? Isn't there some software running all over the internet already that will lock your files up and kept them till you give them money? This software has a bad business model? It either should be a one time purchase or sold in a packaged deal. I have used some of IObits programs that have run on GAOTD I find most of them quite good. To IObits: I would buy this if it was packaged into one of your (Suite) packages. Still Thank you GAOTD You are a great site.

Reply   |   Comment by nomadss1  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

Veracrypt....

Reply   |   Comment by Bob A.  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#18

If it has a 6 month licience then do I have to pay for a licence every year (or every 6 months) to continue to use this software?

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Clark  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#17

In spite of all the negative comments about this program, don't dismiss all of this kind of software. While I'm on the internet, I wanted a "locking door" on my external storage drive that I could open and access, and then lock back up when I was done. To do this, I use a pay-for stand-alone folder-protecting program that blocks access in the event a virus gets through. If the EXE is attacked and destroyed, no problem: It is easily replaced with a fresh copy which allows me to unlock everything.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#16

This app is commonly given away when you purchase their System Suites or Anti Virus Suites! That being said while I use their System Suite Ultimate Products being old fashioned protect my important folders outside of an online environment!

Reply   |   Comment by Rick Martin  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Windows programs kick in when Windows fully loads. If Windows doesn't fully load, they don't load, either. Boot in Safe Mode, then, and every file and every folder allegedly hidden by software like iObit Protected Folder 1.2 is visible because iObit Protected Folder 1.2 has been stopped before it's even started.

That ought to be bad enough, but there's worse to follow where this controversial Chinese developer is concerned: it not only wants you to install its easily defeated 'protection' on your computer, but to pay and keep on paying for it despite the fact that little or no investment in, nor expenditure on, its development is ever undertaken.

Protected Folder 1.2 has been out since mid-2014 and remains unchanged more than two years later. In that time, folks daft enough to have acquired this product in the first place will have paid out recurring "license fees" in exchange for. . . nothing at all. Because this is not an AV. This is not software that requires constant database updating and substantial developer overhead. This is, instead, an iObit cash cow.

Anyone with more money than sense and a wish to help iObit keep on laughing all the way to the bank should obviously go along with preposterous six-month "licenses" for rentalware as absurd as this. Everyone else should head in the opposite direction. Thanks GOTD, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

I wasn't giving up trying to figure out the setup.exe software wrapper crashes and Failed to connect error messages. Like I stated in the past, I would disable my AVG, exit my firewall, but one thing I noticed is that when I ended task on Firewallsvc.exe, it would repopulate in Task Manager.

So I decided to uninstall either one of the two malware programs I had or the third party firewall named Free Firewall. I went with Free Firewall and after the uninstallation, setup.exe worked for the first time in a week.

Halalooha, I tried the other program that day and that worked as well. If you have the third party program named Free Firewall, uninstall it and you'll be good to go. Hope this helps some others as well.

Reply   |   Comment by forensic guy  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#13

MyLockBox is the same but free. I know, I am using it.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#12

Last time I tried this kind of program (was it this one?) if So my comments are here somewhere or on archive.org, I was able to get right to the same "protected directory" using ztree and mc32. It's like it was barely even hooking the shell, in 2016, I wonder about hidden ftp and ssh exploiting. How about a different shell running than explorer.exe? Talisman or others, even ztree as a shell! Needs registry hacking then scripting to ease the pain.

It's a no download it for me. cause I sure do not need this is more of a novelty.
Let's face it who really is "hiding and protecting folders" these days? Most people use an archiver with built in encryption in a hurry.
What happens if you dual boot linux and mount the drive with the "hidden /protected dir" If any of these fail, this program has 100% flaw.
The possibility it can be exposed by some stupid mistake and a third party utility is enough for me to say no. I have encryption tools, and if I need to encrypt like for banks or taxes I have encrypted things offline that you are not getting into.

I'm just a messenger and I _am not_ saying Today's program has these flaws. I am saying you should look, cause I won't again.

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Fredward, you would probably need those security leaks to open your protected folders after the programs been running for six months and suddenly quits.

Reply   |   Comment by kc4cop  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

Go to http://www.safehousesoftware.com/SafeHouseExplorer.aspx

Free and foreverL If this site don't accept this link just write Safehousesoftware in yr browser.

Reply   |   Comment by Herkato  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#10

I have a dual-boot laptop and I installed the software in Win10.
Also I protected a folder on a USB:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pja0mgmhkikf7cf/LockWin10USB.png?dl=0
A view in explorer in Win10:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r6uutxa37kmnrbc/InhoudUSB-Win10.png?dl=0
After restart the laptop in Win8.1, I started explorer:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ruumimojc7oiy4t/InhoudUSB-Win8.1.png?dl=0
I could open a file:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zoli57cxr8qds3b/InhoudUSB-Win8.1Bewerken.png?dl=0
All screens together:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/ProtectedFolder12_20161001/UK/index.html

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

What Ootje is pointing out here is that this software will only 'protect' your files from someone with absolutely no computer knowledge, like your 87 year old mother.

Other than that, it is only necessary to boot from something other than your normal boot drive to have full access to everything protected by this package.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#9

After 6 months, can I still access my folders if I don't pay $19.95?

Reply   |   Comment by Marty  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Marty,
Yes, you can read them with the trial.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Ootje, how does your reply answer Marty's question? He asked you if he could read his secret folder documents AFTER the 6 mo. TRIAL is over w/o having to pay the $19.95. You replied he can read them WITH the trial. ???

Reply   |   Comment by guardian1935  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

guardian1935,
I did answer another post #5 Edward and copied the answer.
For Marty I could have wrote some more text:
Marty,
If you do want to read the secrets after six months, you should copy everything to a safe place.
Otherwise, if you did forget it, remove the application(GOTDversion) and install a new trial.
With the trial you can access the secret folders 20 times. Then you have enough time to copy everything to a safe place.
The program, offered by GOTD, will not work anymore after 6 months.
By then you will have to decide to keep using it and pay for it or don't pay for it and look for something else.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

I can insert a Linux Live USB/DVD into a computer, and open files after mounting the C partition, and enjoy reading so called password protected files all day long. The descriptor does not mention encryption. Is it encrypted?

Reply   |   Comment by Glen C  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#7

Why not just encrypt the file. Same thing as far as I can see. If you need a free encrypter just go to handybits.com
Been using it for at least 25 years with no problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Caper  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#6

so is this like the free safehouse explorer i have been using for years? a clone?

Reply   |   Comment by clas  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#5

In order to open the previous protected folders after six months, I need to pay. No No

Reply   |   Comment by Edward  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Edward,
you can read them with the trial.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#4

Looks much like a "re-branded" and slightly "Up-graded" so called "Password Folder" Beta 1.1.

1) My Beta version NEVER "expires", but God help me when I did "update" and I quickly reverted to the original version.[Beta 1.1]

2) I DON'T expect that this latest offering *really* offers any secrecy.

I could see ALL that was in the "Protected Folder" when I booted from a second O/s on the same "Viagra" Disk.

Reply   |   Comment by Old China Hand  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#3

What i would like to see is a software that refuse to start the default browser after a software installation. I utterly hate that. Malware do such things. The last couple of years it seems to be a standard by most software devs around....

Reply   |   Comment by Steffo  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Steffo, Me too. As well as not assuming that you use Internet Explorer, so that the software opens that after installation. I don't have the most recent version of IE installed on any of my computers, I don't use it, so sometimes the software opens IE after an install and then insists that I udate IE so as they can open their website! I have perfectly usable alternative browsers installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Nick H  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Steffo,

There is a solution but it has a drawback. Download a file named NOP.ZIP and make NOP.EXE your default browser (another nop: DoNothing.exe). The drawback is, you guess it, no more default browser (who needs a default browser anyway). But it's fun and very efficient.

Ok, there is another (more cumbersome) solution. Use PrivateFirewall and block Internet requests.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

What happens to the protected folders after the licence expires. Will they remain locked and unassailable or will the protection be disabled and the folders return to their previously unprotected state? Won't be downloading or installing until questions are answered.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveC  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#1

So.... what happens after 6 months? So if the local spooks stole my folder, they would just need to wait till the licence expired to see all my plans for world domination....

Interesting. Foiled by a six month time limit. The authors will be the first to face the wall when I take over. :)

(just joking!!! or am I?)

Reply   |   Comment by Kiwi1960  –  10 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
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