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Protect Folder lets you protect files, folders, and removable drives using a secure password, on-the-fly, without compromising your workflow.

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Robert S If I plug a protected USB drive in my computer and type the password so I can use the files, can someone access those files via a remote session such as accessing the drive as a hidden share?

May 31 2012 at 11:32pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens It depends on the disk protection method. If you protected a disk with the first, easiest method, you will be able to share it with remote users after unlocking it. If you protected it using the 2nd or 3rd method (stronger protection), all files will appear encrypted for remote users even if you entered the password.
Everstrike - Jun 1 2012 at 8:40am Copy Link
Tony Ng Hi,
What are the differences between this program and Universal Shield ?
also, how strong is the encryption?
Jun 2 2012 at 12:22pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens Protect Folder encrypts and decrypts your files on-the-fly. Each file is encrypted individually in real-time and stored in a folder. Password protection for folders.

The program encrypts your files using the AES-256 standard, also uses filename encryption.
Everstrike - Jun 2 2012 at 12:57pm Copy Link
Noggin The Nog What are the differences & similarities between this approach and having a Drivecrypt/Truecrypt bin mounted as a virtual drive? Obviously, the latter approach uses up a drive letter, and in Drivecrypt the bin size is managed manually, the but in Truecrypt I believe the bin can be 'dynamic', meaning that it automatically varies in size.
Jun 3 2012 at 3:11am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Drivecrypt/Truecrypt can't create a password protected folder with real time encryption. Also a protected folder is 'dynamic' always. You don't need to mount a disk, just open the folder with a password.
Everstrike - Jun 3 2012 at 8:41am Copy Link
Noggin The Nog Ps Is this product based on the Windows Encrypting File System, or 'EFS'?
Jun 3 2012 at 8:41am Copy Link
Mark Stephens No, we use own encryption engine
Everstrike - Jun 3 2012 at 8:53am Copy Link
John Hood Mark - I have two personal machines - if I purchase may I install to both machines in my house?

Jun 3 2012 at 9:41am Copy Link
Mark Stephens No, you need a license for each PC
Everstrike - Jun 3 2012 at 11:55am Copy Link
John Hood Disappointing.
Jun 3 2012 at 12:00pm Copy Link
Michael R. I think one of the most interesting feature - at least for truecrypt-users - is the usb-protection.

So I created a protected directory on an usb-stick (with your trial-version v3.4) and afterwards deinstalled the trial-version again. I was curious how I could access to the protected directory when PF is not installed on the system. (The description says: You don't even have to install Protect Folder on the host computer to enjoy the benefits of ultimate protection!)

Unfortunately I was disappointed: Looking into my protected USB-Directory I found no file inside there.


Before deinstalling I tried some other things:

I unplugged the USB-Stick and plugged it in again. According to the description as soon as the unplugging takes place, the directory should be locked. This seems not to be the place, because after replugging in the usb-stick I could access to the former files without reentering the password.

Also I checked how PF works with junction points, i.e. with directories inside the protected folder which are 'linked' to a folder outside the protected region. It seems there is a discrepancy between going directly to the destination folder and going through the protected folder and the junction link.

Are these problems being addressed in the next time? (I read there is a version 3.5 already available, but I only found 3.4 today...)
Jun 3 2012 at 2:00pm Copy Link
Bill D. Does Protect Folder need to be installed on the USB-Stick for this feature (USB Protection)? I am concerned with Michael R.'s findings above.
Jun 3 2012 at 4:09pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens Please use the Protect Drive command for USB stick protection. In this case you can unlock you usb stick without Protect Folder installation.

When you create a protected folder on your USB stick, this folder can be unlocked only on computer where Protect Folder is installed. Also a protected folder will be accessible with the Unlocked status in the program list when you plugged your USB stick.

The 3.5 version will be available soon.
Everstrike - Jun 3 2012 at 4:37pm Copy Link
Without LoggingIn From the Policy: Each license allows installation on a single computer and a laptop, but Protect Folder may not be used at exactly the same time on each of them.

So, if I don't have a laptop but instead I have another desktop, I can install on only ONE of my two machines?

Jun 4 2012 at 12:13am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Yes, you need a license for each PC.
Everstrike - Jun 4 2012 at 5:14am Copy Link
John Hood Answer came back too late re a PC and a Laptop which is what I have. Missed the deal cutoff.
Jun 4 2012 at 5:58am Copy Link
Martyn User What is the encryption strength of Protect Folders?
Oct 29 2012 at 3:30pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens Protect Folder use AES 256-bit encryption.
Everstrike - Oct 30 2012 at 7:04am Copy Link
Martyn User Is there a "back door" to your program or is it totally secure
Oct 30 2012 at 3:40pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens With Protect Folder your files completely secure.
Everstrike - Oct 31 2012 at 5:51am Copy Link
Martyn User My reason for asking whether Protect Folders has a back door is because most Western Countries are required to provide them or forced to introduce government induced escrow keys that allow certain authorities to decrypt the data.

Usually when asking this question most programmers / developers will say that it is secure when it is not. I use both Truecrypt and Kaspersky Kryptostorage for securing computers' harddisk using their "On the Fly" encryption capability. However, I am not sure whether both programs are secure and if either is capable of providing a secure environment on USB sticks and removable harddisks of 1TB in size.
Oct 31 2012 at 11:36am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Protect Folder does not contain an intentionally built-in backdoor; there is no way to have a guaranteed passage to the data.
Everstrike - Oct 31 2012 at 1:39pm Copy Link
Jon Spain In June, it was suggested that one license would cover a PC and a laptop (both personally owned, non-concurrent use) but I can't see that on the Everstrike website. Would Vendor please confirm position? Thank you in advance.

Nov 1 2012 at 1:55am Copy Link
Amit For the mentioned -
"If you're concerned about keyloggers or prying eyes, you'll be happy to know that Protect Folder also provides the ability to lock all protected files and folders using a hotkey."

I guess it can only keep information secured if someone opens that file - but not if the password is COPIED TO CLIPBOARD. For eg. -

Can this software save information to be prevented passing onto the software keylogger working invisibly - for eg.
if I copy (to clipboard) username password from a simple document as .doc file. When the simple .doc file containing the password is encrypted by Protect Folder ?

Here the keylogger I would want to be saved from would be like a common malware / keylogger software that has been installed on my computer by like a bad software malware installed, and not a hardware keylogger.

Is this possible ?
Nov 1 2012 at 4:50am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Jon Spain, if you have several PCs with our software installed, you need to purchase the appropriate number of licenses. Multiple license discounts are available.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 6:26am Copy Link
Jon Spain Thank you, Mark, the suggestion in June seemed to be that one does NOT need an extra license for a non-concurrently used laptop but that was incorrect, right? If I have to buy two licenses, OK but I just want to be sure on the laptop point, please!

Nov 1 2012 at 6:29am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Jon Spain, you can install and register Protect Folder on another computer (laptop) after uninstalling from the first (PC).If only one instance will be installed at one time.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 6:37am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Jon Spain, if it installed on one computer for a period, it is permissible to uninstall it from that first computer and then be installed on another.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 6:39am Copy Link
Jon Spain Mark Thank you for making the position crystal clear, the June comment (not yours) was incorrect. This needs to be on both machines so I've just bought two licenses.

Nov 1 2012 at 6:53am Copy Link
Marty Berliner Mark, I was considering using this to protect a folder on a shared folder that resides on a Win2003 server. Would that protect against LAN users who do not have the password, but still allow access for those users who do have the password? Also, does it allow different passwords for nested subfolders that are unders a protected parent folder?
Nov 1 2012 at 7:37am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Amit, Protect Folder works in such a way that your protected document is always encrypted on your disk. When you open a document, it is decrypted in your operating memory (RAM). I believe that in this case, if you have malware on your PC and it has access to the clipboard, it will be able to copy you data.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 7:48am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Jon Spain, yes please use your keycode for both installations
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 7:50am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Marty B, yes you can set different password for folders. The Password Protection feature works on local drives only, so network users can get access to encrypted files located on a shared folder. It means that network user can delete the encrypted file, but user can't read encrypted files.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 8:06am Copy Link
Mayavi Kuttychathen Protect folder works only on your computer? what if you encrypt a folder then copy on your USB and carry around? does the encryption goes away?
Nov 1 2012 at 10:10am Copy Link
Mark Stephens Mayavi Kuttychathen,

Protect Folder has the Protect Removable Drive feature. With Protect Folder you can lock removable drives and storage devices installed on your system. An on-the-fly encryption technology is used for protection. Protect Folder decrypts files quickly and transparently.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 11:07am Copy Link
Mitch Kite I use BackBlaze (similar to Carbonite) to automatically backup my files off-site.

Are the files still protected when they are uploaded off-site or are they only protected when they reside on my computer that has your software installed?
Nov 1 2012 at 2:15pm Copy Link
Mark Stephens Mitch Kite,

You can't backup your protected folder when it is locked. Also when your folder is unlocked, your files will be copied without encryption.
In this case you need to use the Export secure folder feature. This feature exports the secure folder to another location in order to transfer it, back it up, or for another reason. Files in the exported folder will remain encrypted, but access to the folder will not be protected with a password.
Everstrike - Nov 1 2012 at 2:48pm Copy Link
JT Hi,

Is there a software that will lock a whole external hard disk or USB key so that it can be protected if someone tries to access it without permission??

Look forward to your kind response.

Nov 2 2012 at 2:38am Copy Link
Mark Stephens JT, Yes with Protect Folder you can password protect your external drives.
Everstrike - Nov 2 2012 at 3:36pm Copy Link
JT Thank you very much Mark

Sorry to see the deal has now expired... Any plans to make the offer again?

Nov 2 2012 at 3:43pm Copy Link

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