Folder Guard

Folder Guard 9.1

It can hide or lock your personal files and folders with passwords
4.4  (103 votes)

Folder Guard lets you restrict the access to specific files and folders from your system. It helps you protect confidential data by blocking the access to the directories or files containing that data. This powerful access control utility can also completely hide entire directories, concealing any hint of their existence on your system. It’s a powerful privacy tool that offers a both simple and effective solution to stop prying eyes from peeking into your sensitive data.

Folder Guard offers multiple ways of protecting your private data. It can either password-protect it and lock it while letting it be visible, it can hide it besides locking it, or it can falsely mark the folders that contain that data as being empty. Attempting to access these folders will still be blocked and require providing the right password.

I really like about this tool the fact that it lets you quickly enable or disable the protection via a "hot key". Furthermore, using it is easy as its interface is simple, neat and intuitive. Even beginners can use it without any problem, as there’s also a handy ”Quick Start Wizard” which guides the users through every step required for the setting set up of the password protection for personal folders. As you can see, this handy tool is of great help for whenever you need to protect private data.

Margie Smeer
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Review summary


  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Includes a step-by-step "Quick Start Wizard" that helps a lot novices.
  • Offers several data protection methods.
  • There's an "emergency recovery app" that helps you recover the master password in case you lose or forget it


  • It's costly for home users
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