What people are saying about Folder Guard
I have spent a long time checking dozens of software products to find really good folder/file/program lock software. What do I like about your product? It has such easy disabling/enabling facilities through a ‘hot key’; is warns you with a flashing icon that all your protected files are unprotected; it has useful shutdown and protect features like switching in when the screensaver activates; the ability to hide files is a feature of many products, showing the file as ‘empty’ seems to be unique to your product. One of the key features I like is the ease by which you can allow ‘trusted’ programs to access the protected files, e.g. an internet backup tool called ‘Carbonitie’.
What don’t I like? The terrible ‘hole’ which would enable a user to log on in safe mode and access files which are no longer protected. True you tell users how the files can be protected in safe mode but you issue such dire warnings of the consequences that the faint of heart might go look elsewhere and 3end of using an ‘inferior’ product because it makes no bones about protecting in safe mode as well. However, I followed your instructions and inserted the two suggested keys into the Registry and it worked! Like a dream! No problems! I think you need to think seriously about plugging the safe mode gap as part of the installed features of your program.
As an added feature it would be great if not only could you ‘lock’ files and folders but also encrypt them – just to add that sense of security.
But aside from one gripe and one suggestion I consider your program to be one of the best I’ve found.
Adrian Hobbs (UK)
What I feel about “Folder Guard”? Folder Guard is very fast and easy to use. It does not need to encrypt files when I save them. So, I don’t need to worry about the protected files getting corrupted or lost.
Clarence Chang (Hong Kong)
If I had to resume Folder Guard in a few words it would be ‘peace of mind’. I first tried it last century, back in the Windows 98 era. Ten years later I have multiples uses for it: at the office it protects folders with vital business data, at home all database with name and addresses of family and friends, bank statements, expenses spreadsheets and email copies are also in hidden folders by FG. I even use it on two tablets PCs I have installed on my cars, the private routes and waypoints of my GPS software and family pictures and video clips are on folders protected by FG. And lets not forget to mention the laptop; mine has a few fake unprotected folders with junk, everything else is hidden and password protected.
Folder Guard is better then locking a door, its like not even allowing a possible intruder to know there is a door there.
I use the Winability Folder Guard Product, I think it is one of the most valuable products on my computer. I currently have a total of eight drives attached and I used folder guard to restrict access to them. My family uses the computer with multiple user accounts and I am able to keep them out of my business data stored for a couple of home based businesses as well as my personal data including financial and other important data files. Thank you Winability for such a great product. I have recommended folder guard to several others.
Jerome Crawford (Florida)
My Folder Guard review:
Since 2004 I use Folder Guard to manage private folders that I don’t want to share with other users, including some programs folders.
One of the most useful features for me is the ability to just hide the folder content or restrict its access although it is still visible in Explorer. You can protect a folder but you don’t lose the main folder structure.
The program is light in system resources usage, stable, fast and provides not only a customizable system tray icon feature but also a hotkey one.
In resume, Folder Guard gives you total control over folders and files in a fast and interactive way. Recommended.
I hope it is useful.
Carlos (Puerto Rico)
I purchased Folder Guard back in March of ’06 and have found it a useful and valuable tool to keep my personal files secure and safe from prying eyes. It is easy to use and has the features I need. The peace of mind Folder Guard provides makes it easily the best purchase I’ve made for my computer. I highly recommend this program for anyone who has sensitive files they need or want to protect. Tressa.
I have been using Folder Guard since last 4 years now. Before that I tried different other softwares (which were freewares). But none of them were satisfactory. Even though I was aware about Folder Guard, somehow I could not get myself to pay for it. Then one day I had had enough and decided to bite the Bullet. I bought Classic Edition as I was using windows 98SE then. And what a relief it was. It took me some time to understand the features. But thereafter It was smooth ride all through. I discovered stealth mode operation. That was the best part. No one is aware of the secret content on my PC. When I upgraded my PC to Windows XP, the first thing I did was to buy Folder Guard Professional.
Folder Guard really protects the new design files and software source code. I also don’t have to worry about letting my children use my PC. It gives me complete peace of mind.
Thanks and regards
I’d like to honestly say that this is a terrific product. I web host/design quite a bit of content for friends and colleagues with an operation that comprises of a few servers and some hard work. Although I trust my security policy be it technical or physical your program offers that extra layer of protection in regards attacks from ‘the inside’ by allowing me to protect my code, design and hard work stored on a laptop and an external drive.
Well done and thanks for a well priced product.
Scott Havelberg (Australia)
I have been using Folder guard to mainly protect the book I have been working on to make sure it stays MY book. Otherwise I protect work data I transfer to my laptop to work on at home, just in case my laptop should disappear.
Ken Zahn (Florida)
I’ve been using Folder Guard now for almost 2 years and in my humble opinion it’s been one of the easiest and quick configuration package for setting security and options to folders/files that need to be safeguarded.
The only draw back is once in a while I get a blue screen of death indication a folder guard error in its description. I reboot and all is fine. Over the past couple of years I’ve had this error about 6 times. Other than that it kicks butt!
The reason to choose Folder Guard was just to protect the confidential data which I have generated and let that data be hidden or access denied from other persons with whom I would not like to share the data. It makes my work very easy. My idea remains my idea and if I go on vacation or on a tour I can lock my folder and when I come back I open the folder and do the needful and all my confidential work is safe. That is the reason why I can only think of one software that is Folder Guard. Believe me it works.
Dy. Manager (IT)
Technomedia Solutions P Limited
1001, Kailash Building, 26, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
New Delhi – 110001, India
I really like this program. Iv’e tried so many others and none of them could hide, make them seem empty, or really password protect anything.Most other programs just try to encrypt whatever you try to password protect and I could do THAT without spending 50+ dollars.I think this program is totally worth the money even if you just get the standard version.Other programs also Iv’e found cannot password protect files over like 50 Megabytes or something.But with Folder Guard, you can protect files as far as Iv’e experienced that are at least 120 Gigabytes.
I would recommend this program to any one who enjoys knowing their files will not be altered or erased without their permission.There are also settings you can apply for different sub folders and even your program files.You can make it so tight that people cannot even access your full “Start” menu.To get even better you can set the program so nobody can even alter your task bar unless the password is off.You can password protect anything and never lose your files.I always recommend backing up files anyway just in case but you can be sure with Folder Guard that nobody will ever be able to get to your files without your password.Two thumbs up!
James P. Ivins (California)
I discovered FG through a friend and have been using it for over 2 years now. As a lawyer, I obviously want some of my files to remain hidden from some other people who may be using my PC. FG is easy to use, reliable and does exactly what you want it to do. I especially like the different options to make protected folders visible or invisible. I haven’t been across a better product yet.
Yves Montangie, Antwerp, Belgium
I have been using Folder Guard since July of 2006, and am quite happy with the ease of use and security that it offers. With all my nieces and nephews coming over to use my computer, it is important to me to know that my important files and folders are safe and inaccessible to anyone else, and my privacy remains intact. Thank you.
Frank Boccitto (Canada)
I’m a running a business in Holland were more people use my computer. The reason I bought the program is that, for me it’s perfect because I can hide all the maps, that are for my eyes only. Because this program has a “hot key” is easy, because now my staff does not know that there are some files that are hidden for them. This way the “trust” stays with in our company…. And of course I recommend every body to buy the program…. It makes working so much easier….
Greatings from Holland.
As a Computing teacher, I fully recommend this software. All of us need to keep important information safe and unreachable for others. Privacy and security really matter. Folder Guard meets all these requirements and much more. Give it a try. You won’t regret it. Thanks and regards from Argentina.
I like your folder guard because it is easy and fast, interactive software. It provides me to secure files and folders with password protection so i can hide. I can easily enable and disable files or folders or system through Hot key. I use for my personal document, excel sheet, bank statement and for my studies. Sometimes, if i am out of place residing my laptop or computer so i can secure files and folders easily through folder guard. One of main thing i like is it does not encrypt file so i like that. It is safe and unreachable to others.
Thanks & Regards,
This is simply the best program I got of the internet for protection of my folders. I’m in a company where there is more than 500 pc’s. Privacy is not of the best and with Folder Guard I can keep personal files safe! That’s all I asked for – Privacy – and Folder Guard did just that.
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- Lock files and folders with passwords
- Hide folders from prying eyes
- Restrict access to Control Panel
- Restrict Internet Explorer from downloading programs from the Internet
- What people are saying about Folder Guard…
- A FREE 30-day license is included
- What’s new in the new version
- Folder Guard press release
- End User License Agreement (ELUA)
- Emergency Recovery Utility
- How to lock files and folders with passwords
- How to hide folders and files
- How to unhide a folder hidden with Folder Guard
- How to restrict access to Control Panel
- How to set up Folder Guard to stop downloading from the Internet
- Locking access to the external drives with Folder Guard
- How to make Folder Guard recognize network drives
- How to password-protect a USB flash drive (video)
- Always have a backup of your important files