Free Folder Locking Software To Password Protect Files, Folders

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Hook Folder Locker is a free portable folder locking software that lets you password protect folders. You can choose any folder that you want to lock, provide password, and this folder protector will add password to that folder. It creates a lock icon soon after password protecting your folder and does not provide access to it until you unlock it by typing in the exact password. It is a portable utility that can be carried in your flash drives to lock and password protect confidential folders. In addition to folders, it can password protect files as well.

Do note that this is a pretty basic folder protection software and it is easy to get around the password protection if someone really wants to. So, I would recommend using this only to password protect only those folders which have mildly important data, but hell won’t break loose even if someone is able to access those folders.

Hook Folder Lock-interface

Hook Folder Locker is simple and handy folder locking tool that locks all your sensitive and private files and folders to protect them from unwanted access. This folder locker freeware has the ability to lock any kind of file, which can be a text file, media file, exe file, zip files, and many more.

How to Lock Files and Folders Using This Free Folder Locking Software?

This free portable Folder Locker can be grabbed from the link provided at the end of this article. As soon as you double-click on the downloaded setup file, a large lock appears on your screen.

Hook Folder Lock-Lock

You just have to click on Browse button and choose the file or folder that you wish to lock. Then click on Lock button to enter the password followed by typing it again for confirmation.

Hook Folder Lock-Icon

The folder gets locked in few seconds and creates a lock icon. You can repeat the procedure to lock as many folders or files as you want.

Hook Folder Lock-Unlock

To Unlock the password protected folder, you need to run this folder locker application, and browse for folder that you wish to unlock. Then click on the Unlock button and then type the password with which you’ve locked it.

The folder gets unlocked and this way you can unlock multiple files and folders.

While testing I was curious and wanted to check whether the locked folder is accessible via command prompt or not. After checking, I discovered that this folder locking software does not display the locked folder when accessed via command prompt. But if you specifically view hidden files via command prompt, it displays the folder allowing you to access from there.

Hook Folder Lock-command prompt

So, it is actually quite easy to get to the content of a folder, even if it is locked, so do not use this software to protect really confidential files or folders. To protect confidential data, you are better off using file encryption software for Windows that actually encrypt contents of files.

Key Features Of Hook Folder Locker:

  • Free portable folder locking software.
  • Offers you simple and handy interface.
  • Lets you lock multiple files or folders, one after the other.
  • Small folder locker, just around 256 KB in size.

My Verdict For Hook Folder Lock:

Hook Folder Lock is an easy to use software to quickly password protect folders. It is good enough for very basic protection, but severely lacks if you need to really block access to the folder. Depending on your purpose, this might be useful for you.

Get Hook Folder Lock from here.

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Works With: Windows
Free/Paid: Free