Folder Guard licensing explained

Password-protect and hide personal files and folders with Folder Guard Password-protect and hide personal files and folders with Folder Guard for Windows 11,10,8.

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Our Folder Guard software offers many different ways of protecting files, folders, and programs, including some advanced methods that are useful mostly in the business environments and have little practical use at home. We thought it would be unfair to expect the home users of Folder Guard to pay the full price of the software for the features they would not use anyway, so we created a less expensive option specifically designed for the home users. If you have registered Folder Guard with a Home license that was described as for the home, personal use only, the following limitations apply:

  • The filters are not available for use with the Home licenses. You can still see the list of filters in the Filters view, but you would not be able to enable them for actual use. To use the filters, purchase one of the business licenses, such as the Professional or Office license.
  • If you have purchased a Home, personal license, the shared folders cannot be protected with passwords for use by the network users. You should still be able to set up folder passwords for the local users.
  • Even if you are a business user who doesn't need the filters or the network passwords, you are still not authorized to use the Home license on a business computer. The Home license can be used only on a personal computer that is not used for any business or employment-related tasks.
  • To install Folder Guard on a Windows Server, and to be able to manage the Folder Guard settings using Group Policy and Active Directory, an office license for 10 computers or more must be purchased. Without such a license, you can install Folder Guard on a server in the trial mode only.
  • If you want to use Folder Guard to protect network access to shared folders, you must count all computers of your network, both the computers on which you install Folder Guard and other computers which might connect to the protected folders, to include in your license. Even if you install Folder Guard on one computer, it works by restricting access of other network PCs to that computer, even though other computers don't have Folder Guard software installed.

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  1. Reading through your faqs I am still confused about the licensing for Home use. I have a desktop and a laptop. Am I therefore required to get two licenses?

  2. Roy: you need one license for two computers. If you don’t use either of your computers for any employment or business-related tasks, you may purchase the Home license for 2 computers. Otherwise, you need to purchase a business license. Hope this clarifies it!

  3. Hi, My name is William at IT consultant.
    Please explain to me what you mean by professional is for upto 3 computers. Does that mean that only 3 computers can access the folders protected by folder guard or does it mean that i can install folder guard on 3 computers in the network.
    In my office we have 12 computers on the network and would like to protect our files on the server using folder guard.

  4. William: when using Folder Guard on a network, you should count all computers connected into the network. It appears that you have one server plus 12 computers connecting to it, so you need a license for at least 13 computers total. Please visit our online store to select a license that would include this number of computers. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us (using the Help – Contact us link at the top of this web page.)

  5. Where do I find more specific info regarding installing Folder Guard on Windows 2008 server, then the workstations so it works properly, for dummies? Not a network software wizard so I need a clear understanding how this software works on networks & workstations, how to setup each user on the network for accessing certain files & folders, etc. etc. Once I get a handle on setting this up, then will be purchasing to install. Currently using 18.1 in trial mode with couple weeks left, now want to update to 18.3 version. Do I simply overwrite current installation, and does it start over at 30 days again which would be very helpful since don’t have lots of time to play with this during week. Any help appreciated.

  6. @Alan: You can find the instructions on the User’s Guide. The Free 30-days period does not reset when you upgrade. If you have more questions, please use the Contact Us link under Help on this web page. (This comment area is NOT for technical support questions, it’s for the comments on the Folder Guard licensing.)

  7. Does this software have the ability to protect folders located on a server from a desktop in the office? Yes, this is a business.

  8. @KURT: Yes, Folder Guard does have such an ability, please see the User’s Guide, you can browse it using the HELP menu on top of this page. Please feel free to download the software and give it a try before purchasing it. The download is free and fully functional for the first 30 days. If you have more questions, please use the Contact Us link on the HELP menu.

  9. I have been using Folder Guard for some time, and am very happy with it. My computer recently crashed and I had to re-install Windows 7. In the process, I lost my license key. Can you identify me and send me my key?

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