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Wise Folder Hider Pro 4.2.2 Giveaway
$19.95
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Giveaway of the day — Wise Folder Hider Pro 4.2.2

Hide files and folders on local partitions or removable devices.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 25 (23%) 85 (77%) 29 comments

Wise Folder Hider Pro 4.2.2 was available as a giveaway on November 12, 2017!

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NB: On the program start-up you need to set a password to protect your hidden folder/file.
Please, save the password you set, in case you forget it, the giveaway version doesn't have the function of getting it back automatically and for free!
The license is provided for 6 months; supports upgrading.

Wise Folder Hider Pro can hide files and folders on local partitions or removable devices. The files will be hidden safely due to advanced encryption algorithm. You can set a password for it so that the hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only by entering the valid password. The data is completely invisible to other programs or on other operating system, so it is much more reliable. Compaired to other folder hiders, Wise Folder Hider Pro is more secure and convenient for users to modify protected files. Moreover, the interface of Wise Folder Hider Pro is very intuitive. Even a first timer can get the hang of it in a minute.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

WiseCleaner.com

Homepage:

http://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-folder-hider-pro.html

File Size:

1.9 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#15

A trial is NOT a giveaway.... + after 6 months what? You get a message "We have encrypted your files, please pay us XXX amount to unlock your files"?

Reply   |   Comment by Tomster  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#14

This may be exactly what I'm looking to purchase, but I'll pass. If the program is going to have a time limit, I want to evaluate the full program - not some crippled giveaway version.

Reply   |   Comment by sirpaul2  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#13

I do not like these GOTD's software that has a limited time period and then it expires unless you pay to keep using them. A majority of the time, I would not use the programs that often to warrant paying for them, and when I find that I do try to use them, I am confronted with a message that they have expired. I can deal without the free technical support or future updates, but I am not paying for something that is supposed to be free, but with future-paying strings attached. It's not worth it to me. I have started to watch the terms of the software give-aways and when I see time limits on them, I just pass them by.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#12

Windows allows us to make a folder "Hidden". Also, 7-ZIP (totally free file compression utility app) allows us to encrypt any file or folder. So, encrypt with 7-Zip then (only takes 2 clicks after setup) and tell Windows to make it hidden.

Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

starvinmarvin, and if you have details in that file which a court would be interested in you could be compelled to provide the passphrase or be held indefinatly until you comply for contempt of court. Or be tortured or dismembered if the data is of interest to criminals... Better hope you remember the passphrase for everything you conceal that way!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK,

Sounds like you have some serious issues you need to deal with, or better, the FBI needs to deal with.

Reply   |   Comment by Anthony  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Anthony, nope no issues here, I don't put on any digital device data that is incriminating in any way... FBI has no interest in me, I am not a resident of the USA. So have no need to pseudo hide folders or encrypt data locally.

That comment was just a few words of warning regarding encrypting files and potential negative consiquences of doing so.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

The advantage of software like Wise Folder Hider Pro, IMHO, is ease of use. In comparison the free open source VeraCrypt isn't really hard to use, but there is some reading/learning involved. BitLocker is included in some versions of Windows, e.g. Win10 Pro & Ent., but the learning curve might be a bit steeper yet, & it only provides encryption. Likewise Windows EFS won't hide anything, but may be the simplest way to encrypt files &/or folders, turned on/off via the properties dialog using Windows Explorer.

Like BitLocker, Veracrypt can encrypt whole drive partition(s), but it also can protect files/folders on an otherwise unencrypted drive/partition. It doesn't really hide your files, but uses an encrypted VHD [Virtual Hard Disk or Drive] where your stuff is stored, so rather than individual file/folder names, that VHD file is all anyone sees, & it can be stored anywhere, including inside another Veracrypt [or Windows] VHD. You use the Veracrypt program to mount its VHDs [after entering your password], so they appear as another drive in Windows Explorer. Files on that encrypted VHD are unencrypted automatically when you access them, & any files added are automatically encrypted.

The closest I've seen to actually hiding files/folders is with an app called Gilisoft USB Stick Encryption. I've got version 1 [2010] from an old GOTD -- it's now up to v. 6 -- that still works, including with Windows 10. It works somewhat like Veracrypt, mounting a VHD, but there's no visible VHD file -- you just see the 3 MB Agent.exe file. When you run it, after entering your password, it mounts what appears to be another USB drive.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

I have a question. What happens to the program after the six month license expires? Does the program stop working or what?

Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by James Scott  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#9

My program does not register and does not become the "Pro" version.
It stays at the free version and I have no serial number or anyway to activate this program to make it Pro.
I uninstalled it, rebooted and tried again and still no luck, it DOES NOT ACTIVATE.
Very angry and very disappointed.

Reply   |   Comment by John USA  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

I like the software. Simple and it works. Nice interface.
Maybe I will send them an email to know what happens after the 6 months. No worries.. Thank you for the giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Genoveva  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#7

"Failed to load driver. Please restart and try again" After restart, same message appears.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Lose your password: lose your files!! Bad idea.

Reply   |   Comment by BP  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Regarding the long comment of #3 which I thought was well written and good I would say this in regards to Safehouse: Safehouse is a solid and proven product and an example of how I wish every software vendor would conduct themselves. However, Safehouse does not conceal the fact that there are protected containers that are visible indicating that there are likely hidden files on the system. A true hidden files/folders program should conceal everything: the files and folders; the program installed to expose them and any hidden containers files are hidden in. There is no product that does this to my knowledge.

Reply   |   Comment by BP  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BP: agreed. It is a bad idea. But losing one's password is not a developer's fault, and in this instance, certainly not Wise's. Sharing a password with a developer (or anyone else) isn't that great an idea, either, hence why device-only local password management is always more safe than any kind of backup which depends on a third party.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

BP,

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/

pretty sure it hides everything..
at least it's free

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BP, Check out Folder Protector by Kakasoft. It does hide/protect hidden files and folders.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

BP,

"A true hidden files/folders program should conceal everything: the files and folders; the program installed to expose them and any hidden containers files are hidden in. There is no product that does this to my knowledge."

When you access a drive you can see its capacity, & how much of that capacity is in use. You can then subtract the size of visible files to reveal the presence of anything hidden. Reportedly, the folks at the NSA/CIA can alter the drive's firmware &/or add a small, hidden partition, I think using another file system [if I remember correctly], so the presence of their malware files can't be so easily detected.

Otherwise [& AFAIK], the only way to really hide files is by adding code that tells the OS not to see certain files. Most folder hiding software adds that code so it starts with that installed copy of Windows, the weakness being that only works when using that copy of Windows. To take it a step further that code would have to be added to the device's bios, or to the drive's MBR, e.g. a RootKit.

That sort of thing is [again AFAIK] developed in-house, distributed via hacker forums & marketplaces, or sold by cyber-arms dealers.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

mike, it is also possible to add a driver that can access the slack space between the end of a partition and the end of the logical drive or next begining of next partition or the slack space between the end of the drives boot sectors and the start of a drives first partition, those would be only a few megabytes each but are not ever calculated into the drives stats... of course they may be spotted by the non-nulled sectors in those areas, but that can always be explained away by saying the drive was repartitioned differently before so those areas were in use at one time. Of course the concealed file system must be fully encrypted to avoid whole surface deep scans recognising files internal structure and offering them as recoverable lost files.

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

System Requirements: Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1 (x32/x64)

Installation in Win10-64 Pro, and it seems to work fine.
Also made a container, encrypted.
This container[30Mb] I put on the Net.
Can someone open this container? I did use a password on the program:
https://ootjegotd.stackstorage.com/s/BF5vRqjISUAo6O3

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#4

I am trying to use the help video's but the voice is a cheap text reader and there is also music playing. This is unintelligable.
The actions neccessary to hide a folder seem complicated and unintuitive.
There are much better offerings for free available.
$20 a year rental is outrageous for such a poor product.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

At $20 a year recurring every year, this 'Pro' version is for the amnesiac with deep pockets, differing only from its always-free sibling in that it offers "premium technical support" (this presumably being better than, uh, non-premium technical support??) and in-built file/folder encryption:

http://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-folder-hider-free.html

To all intents and purposes then, it's another example of security rentalware in the same way as is iObit's 'Protected Folder'. There is, however, something distinctively odd about today's giveaway, and it's this:

Wise Folder Hider Free becomes an expensive proposition if the user forgets her / his password, because Wise charges a substantial fee for password recovery.

Yet today's six-month-trial Wise Folder Hider Pro also becomes an expensive proposition for the exact same reason. Why? Because Wise has removed 'free password recovery' from its feature set, thus stripping out a crucial distinguishing element that separates one version from the other.

As to the actual features of the Pro version, the fact is that file encryption can easily be undertaken by anyone outside a program such as this, whilst file / folder "hiding" is easily managed using always-free software such as that from Safehouse. And though some might welcome a 'password recovery' facility, they'd be well advised to consider the wisdom of sharing their password with any third party, doesn't matter if it's a software developer or not. Far better to take responsibility for one's own safety and use a local (device only) archival manager like Sticky to keep it safe.

An additional complication -- in my experience -- has also arisen where this product is concerned. Some folks of my acquaintance who've ceased to use Wise Folder Hider Free, have long since forgotten the password, and eventually decided to be rid of it, have failed to do so because the software requires the user to input the password before uninstallation is permitted. Wise would, of course, provide that password. . . For a fee.

A variation of these shenanigans has also occurred: the inability to install a new version of Wise Folder Hider because an earlier version was never properly removed, and so the requirement for that forgotten password continued to apply. As before, Wise would supply that password, for a fee. (Savvy computer users would be able to get around these difficulties; ordinary users, not. In that latter case, Wise's presence on their computers continues on whether they like the idea or not.)

In view of all that, and in particular Wise's attempt today to offer a 6-month trial of a Pro version which isn't the actual Pro version, thanks GOTD . . . but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+59)
#2

Hide your stuff for 6 months, then what, have to shell out for the program?

Reply   |   Comment by Marshey  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)

Marshey, you probably have to shell out in Bitcoins. Hmmmm, where have we come across that before. Thanks but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by hmmm  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

The readm states "re-installing a new version".

You cannot do that. You can either install a new version OR you can re-install an old version.

But beware of this snake oil. It is childishly simple to see you hidden folders. See the comments on 9 Novermber 2016:

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/wise-folder-hider-pro/

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

krypteller, note that the comment that exposes the vulnerability in the giveaway https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/wise-folder-hider-pro/#comment-525268 links to dropbox screenshots that are no longer available so although the comment was complete and very relevent back then, it no longer provides incontrovertable evidence of the giveaways futility.

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

TK, if someone wants access to my screenshots, I have to edit the urls by hand. That is because DropBox has eliminated the Public folder, even for paid boxes. There is a trivial workaround, but that means I have to edit all screenshot urls.

If you refer to screenshots made by Ootje, I cannot help you.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

krypteller, on that previous giveaway page I did not see any dropbox screenshots by you... only Ootjes post that I linked to, just pointing out the screenshot images no longer worked.

Not sure how public folders have been universally disabled on dropbox as I still have public (not signed in) access to a shared dropbox folder with a bunch of choir CD audio files in subfolders and it's not changed URL from the one posted to me in an email Jan 2016...

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

TK, My I have a free Dropbox of 2Gb.
And after a while it is full, so I have to delete some old screen-shots.
Earlier I could place some screen shots back, when a new version of a program was presented.
But also that's has altered. The link's are different from the old ones, so the posting also will not show screen-shot's.
I do have a 1Tb box on the net, Stack. I did not figured out how to use that one for daily screen-shot's. I use it mostly to post bigger examples, like video, bigger pictures etc.
And my own server has not enough bandwidth to answer every request for a file. Some files take 5 minutes to upload to the net. I do use it for Dropbox and Stack to upload files to the net as a buffer.

Reply   |   Comment by Ootje  –  3 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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