We’ve had a few giveaways related to system security before but this is an interesting one. How much access control does an operating system really provide you with? What if you’d like to to hide, password-protect or write-protect or encrypt a particular folder on your drive? There aren’t tasks that come innately with Windows.
This week, we’re giving away 20 free copies of idoo File Encryption Pro (worth $99.98 each), a security software that allows you to hide, lock, or encrypt files, folders and drives on your computer. But first, a walkthrough.
Like all software, idoo File Encryption Pro needs to be downloaded and installed. Prior to the installation, idoo File Encryption will prompt you for a master password. This password is used to access locked folders later on so enter something memorable. You also have the option to associate an email address to retrieve your password in case you forget it.
Once idoo File Encryption Pro has been installed, it will prompt you for the master password before allowing you to access the application.
The main window is very easy to navigate. The security options are listed in the left panel — the options are: Hide Data, Deny Read, Deny Write and Encrypt. We’ll be going through all of these features.
This feature will enable you to hide files, folders and drives from view. Once hidden, the files, folders or drives won’t be seen from within Windows Explorer and there’s nothing that you can do from the operating system to bring them back. The list of hidden files, folders and drives can only be accessed via idoo File Encryption Pro.
Deny Read is, in other words, the option to password-protect files, folders and drives.
They can still be accessible from with Windows Explorer but you’ll be prompted to enter the master password.
Once Deny Read is activated, you won’t even be able to view the properties of the files, folders or drives that are being protected; which is a very nice touch.
Deny Write is probably the simplest function in idoo File Encryption Pro. Basically, it prevents any unauthorised changes. Once activated, files cannot be edited and folders cannot be changed. This is a simple yet valuable feature. However, I’ve found that instead of prompting for the master password, all you get is an error message. In order to make any changes to protected files and folders, you’ll need to go through idoo File Encryption Pro, remove the files or folders from the protected list, make the edits or changes, then re-add them to the list.
Last, idoo File Encryoption Pro also enables you to encrypt files and folders and this functionality is intertwined into Windows Explorer. To encrypt any file, all you have to do is right-click on it and select “Encrypt a copy” or Encrypt to .exe”. The only difference between the two options is the ability to open the .exe file with any computer. Just by selecting “Encrypt a copy” you’ll specifically need idoo File Encryption Pro for the decryption process.
Personally, I haven’t tested this feature to see how it actually works.
Finally, we’ll go through some of the niceties found under the Settings panel. Here’s my favourite: if anyone tries to access a locked folder and incorrectly enters the password more than 5 times, you’ll receive an email about it. You can also set the program to disable y our account for 10 minutes after that.
idoo File Encryption Pro can also hide itself by entering an Invisible (Stealth) mode so no one will know that it’s running in the background.
All in all, idoo File Encyrption Pro is easy to use and comes with several highly desirable security features. There’s nothing much to complain about except the occasional grammar errors in the application. I haven’t actually tested any available support features but their email response time was acceptable.
idoo File Encryption Pro can be purchased from their online store for $99.98. The free version will allow you to only lock, hide or protect single files.
This week, we’re giving away 20 free copies of idoo File Encryption Pro worth $99.98 each!
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