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Need suggestions for a free folder locker software.. Help please...


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#1 rebeccavalentine

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 06:51 AM

Im using windows 7 & I am the admin of my system. I dont have any other user accounts. I have a huge folder ( which is of 300 GB approx) which contains movies and shows. But I need them to be hidden & locked. 
 
Can anyone please please suggest me a good software for this? A freeware which doesnt include any size limitations, or limitations regarding the number of times the software can be used? One that doesnt take too long to hide/ show the folder as I access them frequently.. 
 
I tried googling but there are so many results & I cannot choose one particular software for this. Please I need anyone's help. Would be really thankful if someone could help me out on this.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:26 AM

If you have googled and come up with candidates...you are the only one who can filter those candidates to find out which ones meets your desires, IMO.  You are the only one who has any real idea of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable for your purposes/intents.

 

Trial-and-error is what I envision.

 

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 09:17 AM

If you have googled and come up with candidates...you are the only one who can filter those candidates to find out which ones meets your desires, IMO.  You are the only one who has any real idea of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable for your purposes/intents.

 

Trial-and-error is what I envision.

 

Louis

 

true.. 

 
But since I saw many users reporting that certain softwares they used locked their folders permanently & they lost all their data, I got scared. That is the reason why I want someone to suggest me a software they use.. & moreover since there are so many random softwares for this, its really confusing.. Please help..  

Edited by rebeccavalentine, 31 October 2016 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 02:07 PM

All encrypting/locking/hiding applications have a degree of risk. That layer being the human behind the keyboard. Forgetting a keystroke or passphrase. Being casual with not backing up data or access parameters. However most people will blame the software or application. Also remember that free means you're not likely to get as robust or as well of a supported app/product as a paid for one. What is your data worth to you? You should take that into consideration.

With all that being said. As Louis said only you know the parameters and requirements that need to be met. Why not try some of your google finds. I'd suggest since what you are looking for can be tested on a trial basis with dummy files. Then see if the application or applications fit your needs.

Here is one I found that you can try if you wish. I have no previous experience or knowledge of the product.

http://www.emingsoftware.com/products/private-folder/

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 06:29 PM

To The OP:  You said that you do not have any other user accounts except for admin.  That is a dangerous way to use a computer.  If your computer is compromised by malware, your encryption scheme can be compromised.  You should run as a standard user as much as possible.  

 

You need to weigh a few things:

 

1.  What is the consequence to you if the folders/files are discovered by someone else?

2.  Who are the probable and possible attackers (someone else or their ally)?  How computer literate are they?  What resources do they have?

3.  How will you back up your library?

 

The process of decrypting your folder/file and then playing the movie in windows is likely to leave traces of such on the system.  This may be enough to cause you problems.  Will the file names cause you problems?  

 

Be very careful.  There is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to privacy and encryption tools.  I have used a simple hex editor to bypass locks offered under certain programs.  

 

This might point you in the right direction...

 

http://lifehacker.com/five-best-file-encryption-tools-5677725



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Posted 31 October 2016 - 08:20 PM

All encrypting/locking/hiding applications have a degree of risk. That layer being the human behind the keyboard. Forgetting a keystroke or passphrase. Being casual with not backing up data or access parameters. However most people will blame the software or application. Also remember that free means you're not likely to get as robust or as well of a supported app/product as a paid for one. What is your data worth to you? You should take that into consideration.

With all that being said. As Louis said only you know the parameters and requirements that need to be met. Why not try some of your google finds. I'd suggest since what you are looking for can be tested on a trial basis with dummy files. Then see if the application or applications fit your needs.

Here is one I found that you can try if you wish. I have no previous experience or knowledge of the product.

http://www.emingsoftware.com/products/private-folder/

 

Hmmm..

thanks for your suggestions.. 

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 08:26 PM

To The OP:  You said that you do not have any other user accounts except for admin.  That is a dangerous way to use a computer.  If your computer is compromised by malware, your encryption scheme can be compromised.  You should run as a standard user as much as possible.  

 

You need to weigh a few things:

 

1.  What is the consequence to you if the folders/files are discovered by someone else?

2.  Who are the probable and possible attackers (someone else or their ally)?  How computer literate are they?  What resources do they have?

3.  How will you back up your library?

 

The process of decrypting your folder/file and then playing the movie in windows is likely to leave traces of such on the system.  This may be enough to cause you problems.  Will the file names cause you problems?  

 

Be very careful.  There is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to privacy and encryption tools.  I have used a simple hex editor to bypass locks offered under certain programs.  

 

This might point you in the right direction...

 

http://lifehacker.com/five-best-file-encryption-tools-5677725

 

 

Yes I read that in this forum. But was too lazy to create a standard user account.. Will definitely try creating one, very very soon :) Thanks :)

 

1) Consequences will be so bad..

2) LoL.. The possible attackers are none other than my parents. I belong to a family where my parents dont like me watching shows. But i do. So i have to keep them safe else I ll get caught.. They arent much computer literates. They have only a very little knowledge. 

3) I back up my movies folder in an encryped external HDD of mine.. They dont use that HDD.. 

 

Traces? Now i play them as such, in my system.. So encrypting them would still be a safer option when compared to playing them as such.. isnt it??

File names? No.. The episodes are all named by numbers, so it wouldnt cause any trouble.. 

 

& thanks a ton for all your suggestions :) thank you so much :)


Edited by rebeccavalentine, 31 October 2016 - 08:28 PM.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 11:29 PM

http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/security/fwfileprotection.html
 

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