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Software to lock or hide files

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Techgal2, May 31, 2009.

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  1. Techgal2

    Techgal2 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have been searching for a software that can lock or hide my files on the PC. Came across a few like FolderLock, SafeOne, Des Lock, My Winlocker etc. Anyone knows which is the best one?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Those kinds of things are a bit old-fashioned now. Why not just use your own, password-protected account and make you documents private? The problem with those lockers is that they seem to fail often, causing the locked files to be lost.

    If need be, use the built-in encrypting facility of NTFS, or at least one of the many free encryptors at freeware sites.
     
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    TrueCrypt is indeed the cream of the free crop, and for that matter, all of the pay-for ones as well, at least on the basic function level.

    Be very very aware though, as Elvandil alluded to, of the elevated responsibility incurred when using any file encrypting or hiding software. These programs are often very successful at preventing prying eyes, including yours if a mistake is made.
     
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    Another vote for TrueCrypt...........(y)
     
  7. Techgal2

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    Ok, but you need to familiarize yourself better with the concept of "open source." In short that means TrueCrypt has probably been better vetted than any company can do on their own with their own software.

    TrueCrypt does even better than that; not only is it safe and invisible if you want but it allows for what is known as "plausible deniability' which in short means it disappears from any space counters that would take a look at a drive and come up with more occupied or organized space than can be accounted for. I'm not sure your product does that.

    Just be sure not to encrypt your only copy (which shouldn't happen in any case, but people do) of anything until you get the procedure down perfectly and know you can rely on the software. After all, your link butts into a no-go place from the Internet at large. Maybe I just hit it at the wrong time but if not, you can't make a similar mistake with encryption or its no-go for your data as well.

    Good luck and happy "Yo-Safe"-ing! (OMG!)
     
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