Lightweight security tool that makes it easy to safeguard important files through password protection and rendering them invisible to prying eyes
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
Free Hide Folder allows users to hide folders on the local hard drive from all other people. Free Hide Folder is a small program that has only one purpose. The application uses a unique and proprietary method of hiding folders. It does not alter the file system of the computer. This is helpful since it means Free Hide Folder can be used as a standalone application that will not have any effect on other programs.
The application is divided into two main areas. The main panel shows what folders have been added to the program. The location of each folder is listed along with the state. Folders can be either hidden or shown within the program. There is also a menu bar and some shortcut buttons. The program is so simple that there really is not anything too advanced. It is important to note that there is a help menu. This menu will take users to the online help for the program. This is a valuable feature especially if something seems wrong.
The first thing users must do when starting Free Hide Folder is to choose a password. This is important because the password is necessary to do everything in the application. Users can then start to add folders to the program after a password is chosen. This simply involves clicking the add option, browsing to the folder and then selecting it. The chosen folder will be automatically hidden. When it is time to unhide the folder, the process is reversed. The folder is selected from the main display list in the application. The unhide button is then pressed.
Hiding a folder means that it is invisible to all programs. It is even hidden from the system. The folder is not visible through the console, through a third-party program or through the file browser even with the show hidden files option set. Hiding and showing folders takes less than a second to complete. Free Hide Folder has no upper limit. It can hide as many folders as necessary on a system. The program includes a backup option. This option allows users to back up the information that Free Hide Folder uses to identify and show folders. It is a good idea to back up the information regularly and store it in a separate location.
There are some drawbacks with Free Hide Folder. One issue is that folders on the desktop that are hidden do not always vanish or sometimes reappear at random with a darkened icon. Another major concern is that if anything happens to Free Hide Folder, the hidden folders and all information inside will be lost completely. Actions as simple as renaming a folder or moving it could cause this to happen. Similarly, forgetting the password could be problematic. A final issue is that the Free Hide Folder icon and application are visible on the computer for everyone to see. Free Hide Folder is a decent program that does what it advertises.