Many users are still waiting to see a Windows version that comesequipped with a feature that offers the possibility to passwordprotect files and folders. Until that happens, you can take for aspin Folder Guard, a stand-alone application thatcan do that quite easily.
Especially designed to secure directories with passwords, thisutility is all about safety from the get-go. The installer createsa restore point, trying to help the user stay on the safe side andoffers a possibility of restoring everything to the initial statein case the password is forgotten or another type of accidenthappens and the stored data is affected.
Configuring Folder Guard is a rather easy task. There’s adedicated wizard to guide you through the whole process, allowingyou to set up not only the password for the respective folder, butalso one for protecting the application itself.
There’s a second way to guard your files though. The program comeswith a file explorer you will see right in the main window, so it’senough to browse to your folder and right click it for instantprotection. In addition, you can change its attributes and make itread-only, provide full access or restrict access altogether.
In case there’s an accident and you lose your password, don’tworry. Folder Guard gives you the possibility to create anemergency recovery app that could be copied on a CD or on a USBflash drive so you’ll be able to reset the password in no time.
All in all, the application seems to work without glitches andoffers a decent set of features to accommodate the needs of everyuser. Also, thanks to its ease of use, Folder Guard remains one ofthe best alternatives for those who want to protect their data.
Here are some key features of “Folder Guard”:
Folder Guard can hide your personal folders from other users:
– You can set up Folder Guard to hide your private folders (or makethem appear empty). The folder would be hidden from virtually anyprogram, including Windows Explorer, Office, MS-DOS programs,etc.
Folder Guard can password-protect and restrict access to filefolders:
– You can password-protect any document folder to prevent access toyour personal files without knowing the password. You can set upFolder Guard to allow only certain users to change the computersettings with Control Panel, while denying that to other users.
Folder Guard can control access to programs and files:
– You can prevent other users (even the administrators) from usingthe system tools that can mess up your Windows installation, whileallow such use for yourself or someone who knows the Masterpassword. You can also designate the backup programs as the trustedones, allowing them to backup your protected files in thebackground without asking you for the password every time.
Folder Guard is suitable for a wide range of computer securitytasks:
– You can stop other users of your computer from peeking into yourpersonal files. You can protect the system files and folders fromdestruction by cyber-vandals. You can allow specific users to run aprogram while denying it to others. You can allow users to storetheir documents on removable drives, while preventing them fromusing unauthorized programs on those drives.
Folder Guard protects your files without encrypting them:
– There is no risk of losing your documents if you lose yourencryption key: with Folder Guard all your files remain intact,without modification of any kind.
Installer Size: 6.7 MB
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