Solved

Is Folder Lock software any good?

Posted on 2009-07-08
8
628 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hi,

As an administrator, I have several folders containing confidential files of students, teachers ect. I would like to password protect the folders. Is the software Folder Lock any good? The url is http://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/ 

I have read that it is easily to crack this software and to bypass it. I guess I need a little reassurance. I am using Windows xp 32 bit. Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:wingcat
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
markandrew21 earned 85 total points
ID: 24806996
Folder lock works fine...

Why are you leaving confidential information on a computer that is accessible to the public.
If this information is so sensitive, I suggest storing the information in a place that cannot be physically accessed by others.  Have you considered storing it on a U3 USB drive?

Rather then spend money on commercial software, you can double zip your files.
0
 
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

by:JeremySBrown
JeremySBrown earned 83 total points
ID: 24807053
Hi wingcat,

I have used Folder Lock before...I've used an older version...I was pretty satisfied with it...I didn't have any problems with it...I don't know if it's easy to bypass it...that part I don't know...
0
 
LVL 63

Assisted Solution

by:SysExpert
SysExpert earned 83 total points
ID: 24807057
0
MS Dynamics Made Instantly Simpler

Make Your Microsoft Dynamics Investment Count  & Drastically Decrease Training Time by Providing Intuitive Step-By-Step WalkThru Tutorials.

 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:HaloShg
HaloShg earned 83 total points
ID: 24807150
Can't you just set permissions for the specified folder? That means no one will be able to access it unless they're allowed. You must be using Windows XP Professional. Right Click > Properties > Permissions

Or, you could just ZIP/RAR/etc it. That would have the best ideal encryption, because they would need the password to *decrypt* it, no just reveal it like Folder Lock programs do.
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:markandrew21
ID: 24807781
....Continued from 1st post
How to password a zip folder.
http://www.utm.edu/staff/dbloodworth/html/security/xp_zip_wpws.htm 

If you place a password protected folder (.zip) inside another password protected folder, none of the contents (file names) will be visible.  If you only use 1 folder, the file names still can be viewed.
0
 
LVL 27

Assisted Solution

by:michko
michko earned 83 total points
ID: 24808450
I'd suggest TrueCrypt.  Encrypt, password protect, and free.  And not easy to break.  I've used it for a couple of years now, both for files on my workstations/network, and on flash drives.  Easy to use and secure.

www.truecrypt.com

0
 
LVL 4

Assisted Solution

by:samsixty
samsixty earned 83 total points
ID: 24811254
File permissions and physical security are the usual way of doing things.

If it is not possible to physically secure the machine containing the data then encryption is the best way of securing it, truecrypt gets my vote here too.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Port Scanner

Check which ports are open to the outside world. Helps make sure that your firewall rules are working as intended.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Since pre-biblical times, humans have sought ways to keep secrets, and share the secrets selectively.  This article explores the ways PHP can be used to hide and encrypt information.
Worried about if Apple can protect your documents, photos, and everything else that gets stored in iCloud? Read on to find out what Apple really uses to make things secure.
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

739 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question