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lockDo you have a file(s), folder, or directory you need to save from prying eyes? Need to rest knowing your data is encrypted and locked away? Enter My Lockbox – a secure, advanced, freeware application that allows users the ability to lock an important and otherwise unsecured folder (and contents) from being available on your computer except with a secure password.

We have covered other ways to lock windows folders, such as Easy File Locker Hide & Protect Your Files with Easy File Locker [Windows] Hide & Protect Your Files with Easy File Locker [Windows] Read More and TrueCrypt, among others How to Lock Or Hide A Folder, A File Or A Drive On The Computer How to Lock Or Hide A Folder, A File Or A Drive On The Computer Read More , but My Lockbox is different in many ways. One major feature being that not only will the newly locked windows folder not be able to be accessed directly, but it will disappear completely from view and not viewable from anywhere on your local or networked computers, which is not a common feature among similar applications.

To start, download My Lockbox (Windows only).


The My Lockbox installation should promptly load and is relatively self explanatory, except for one essential part.

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Make sure to enter in a secure password that you can easily remember. (Note: For ways to create secure passwords check out these 5 Free Password Generators For Nearly Unhackable Passwords 5 Free Password Generators For Nearly Unhackable Passwords Read More MUO articles.)

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The rest of the installation should be pretty simply and standard. Accept the agreement, click “Next”, select a directory, click “Next”, Upon completion of the setup, load My Lockbox from your desktop. What you should see is this:

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Simply enter your “Super Duper Secret Password” and BAM! you are in.

To lock Windows folders with My Lockbox, simply browse for a folder anywhere on your computer, and click “Lock.” The status message on the left of the program should change from “Unlocked” to “Locked.”

Furthermore, if you attempt to find the folder in the directory it was located in, for example C:\User\will\Downloads\Documents\ no folder labeled super_secret_folder will show! And if you were apprehensive about My Lockbox simply moving it to the C:\My Lockbox directory as it seemed to state in the install, this is not the case as there does not seem to be any files or folders located there after locking a folder.

The following is what My Lockbox should look like when after you have locked a folder:

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My Lockbox can even be set up to open with a hotkey (by default: Ctrl+Shift+P) without the program being open and visible on your task manager at the bottom of the screen.

For even more secrecy and security, delete the My Lockbox desktop icon from view and access the program from the C:\Program Files\My Lockbox directory OR install My Lockbox on a password-protected flash drive for that ultimate (and of course legitimate) computer nerd/spy feeling.

(Note: Although the version of My Lockbox featured here is the free edition, there is also a paid, premium version for $29.95 that allows for the hiding of an unlimited number of folders, unlike the free version which only allows for the hiding of one folder.)

What do you use to keep your important files and folders out of view? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. sensiguard
    October 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    very nice and informative.thanks for posting

  2. haris
    October 13, 2009 at 11:35 am

    very nice & helpful

  3. saad
    October 12, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Winmend Folder Hidden is nice , very simple to use .

    • Will Mueller
      October 9, 2009 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks for the info Frank. I will check that out.

  4. Be
    October 8, 2009 at 5:58 am

    why we dont use free tools ?

    • Will Mueller
      October 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      MyLockbox has a decent free program with a paid option.

  5. alireza
    October 8, 2009 at 1:15 am

    hello
    i'm using "WinMend Folder Hidden"
    it is the best that i ever see
    and it hasn't any limitation
    enjoy it

  6. Mango the Fruitarian
    October 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Does anyone know if there is a simple solution to lock a file or folder on a portable usb drive? I'm not concerned about encryption, or even hiding the file from viewing with explorer, I just want to be prompted for a password before opening the file/folder.. Is there a simple, portable way to do this without having to install software on the host machine first??

  7. Nicknack
    October 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I've tried them all, but now stick with this one,
    a great alternative without limited folder restriction,
    but strictly for home use only, you'll love it...

    http://www.winmend.com/folder-hidden/

  8. Haplo
    October 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

    A downside is that you can access your locked folders via starting up in failproof mode.

    TrueCrypt is a totally different approach (it's actually cryptographyc) and a much better solution.

  9. Ben
    October 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Does MyLockBox hide folders from DOS too?

    I think it's probably better to use TrueCrypt which is free.