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Do you have a certain file or folder that you don’t want other users on your system to be able to see or access? Confidential documents will be safe from prying eyes. Your financial documents will be safe from your mother or dare I say significant other! We’ve covered several encryption softwares in the past, like TrueCrypt How To Encrypt Sensitive Data with TrueCrypt How To Encrypt Sensitive Data with TrueCrypt Read More but this is really, really easy to use. Hence its name.

Easy File Locker is a pretty small file at 224KB and will do exactly what it says. It will let you protect a file or folder from being seen or accessed by anyone on your system. This is a light-weight program that does not slow down your system and even continues working if the machine is booted in safe mode. It does not require the application to be running for the security to work and it can be password-protected as well.

Let’s take a look at how it works.

On first start, you will see a user interface like the one below:

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Now to protect a file or folder, the method is almost the same. All you have to do is hit Edit – Add File or Add Folder to either protect a file or folder. Talk about straightforward!

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Next up, you will have to pick your file or folder as well as choose from the following options. You can:

  • Make the file or folder accessible
  • Make the file or folder writable
  • Make the file or folder erasable
  • Make the file or folder invisible

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Click the Browse button represented by the box with three dots next to the path to select your target file/folder like so:

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You will see a window like this when you are done.

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Next, you can set a password for the application by hitting System – Set password

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My favorite ability is making a folder visible and not accessible.

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When the user tries to open the folder whamo – Access is denied!

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Also see:

2 Ways to Hide “Important” Files and Folders in Windows 2 Ways to Hide "Important" Files and Folders in Windows 2 Ways to Hide "Important" Files and Folders in Windows Read More
How To Hide Files Like a Super Villain How to Hide Files Like a Super Villain How to Hide Files Like a Super Villain Read More

Do you have another easy solution to keep unwanted grubby little fingers off of your stuff? Let’s hear about it in the comments!

  1. michael
    November 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    it asked me about password..what is the password anyway?
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  2. Tony
    February 14, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Thanks. MakeUseOf articles always provide a great help.

  3. Dave
    January 4, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I use Folder Password Expert to lock my folders. It works great and the interface is easy to get used to.
    http://folder-password-expert.com

  4. Stevoisiak
    October 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    PacMario...

    Isn't that the character file for Super Smash Brother Brawl?

  5. Magnifico
    August 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    All you need is a file recovery app such as PC Inspector File Recovery (the one I used)to break these "secure" lockers. Don't be lulled.

  6. Tyson
    July 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Very easy to use and works great :)

  7. lolo123456
    July 22, 2009 at 7:38 am

    This is a light-weight program that does not slow down your system and even continues working if the machine is booted in safe mode

  8. Pol
    July 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    If you need use Revo Uninstaller, remove and reinstall.

  9. lmtl
    July 15, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I installed this but when i tried for first time , it asked for password that i didn't set it before. I could not uninstall it because it asks again for password

  10. File Lock
    July 15, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I use software Folder Lock to hide and protect my files, folders and even drives. it a gr8 software as it uses 256-bit AES encryption on the fly

  11. Jalley
    July 15, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I've used My Lockbox for a long time with excellent results. Simple to use but highly effective.

    fspro.net/my-lockbox/

  12. Pol
    July 14, 2009 at 10:50 am

    This software like Easy File Locker, Hide Folder 2.2, Microsoft Private Folder, are actually not so sure just because a program like Revo Uninstaller http://www.revouninstaller.com to remove them completely, even if you set a password.

    These three are the ones I have tried, if you know others programs who are tested for Revo Uninstaller write here, I will do the same! ;-)

  13. zipzap
    July 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    megamike,

    I use Matrix Screen Locker:

    snapfiles.com/get/matrixlock.html

  14. megamike
    July 14, 2009 at 9:23 am

    i am traveling to Europe soon any one know of a program to lock my laptop should it be stolen?

  15. vincent
    July 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Just installed on XP SP3... simple and works great. And it's free as well.

  16. Arvind
    July 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Nice, will give it a shot today on Vista x64.

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