Password Protect Folders (And More) With Free BuduLock

imageIf you’re on the hunt for a free security application designed to password protect folders on your drives, including USB drives, then you’ll be interested in BuduLock.

As a bonus, BuduLock will protect your PC from unauthorized USB flash drive access by implementing password protection – password protection which effectively disables USB operations on your system. Considering that malware infection by Flash Drives, is the second leading cause of system infection ….

This small application is driven by a self explanatory tabbed interface, which even less experienced users will find easy to follow. Simply choose the folder to be locked – enter a password – and you’re done.

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Browsing to the selected folder in Windows Explorer reveals that the folder has been successfully locked, as indicated by the “lock” icon – shown in the following screen capture.

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Unlocking the folder is the process in reverse. Launch the application – highlight the selected folder – enter your password – done.

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Flash Drive Blocker:

When you disable the USB port, unauthorized users (those without the password), will be denied access.

Requirements:

UAC setting (User Account Control) feature must be disabled to use this feature. (Go to Control Panel > User Account > Turn UAC On or Off)

No password is required during the initial setup – (blank password). To setup and change your password, go to “Change Password”.

BuduLock will only disable the USB port for flash drive for that particular computer. It does not disable your flash drive.

Personal note:

Disabling UAC, under any circumstances, is not something I would recommend. Based on this, I have not tested the Flash Drive Block feature.

System requirements: Windows Vista, Win 7.

Download at: Developer’s site.

The application is slightly more cumbersome to use than it needs to be – no access is available by way of the context menu. The addition of context menu access to the lock/unlock function is an improvement the developer should consider.

Other than this convenience issue, I found BuduLock very easy to use and perfect for locking folders on shared machines.

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Filed under Freeware, Malware Protection, Privacy, Software, USB, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Tips and Tools, Windows Vista

3 responses to “Password Protect Folders (And More) With Free BuduLock

  1. Bill,

    Will take a look at this… Another good find on your part!

    Rick

    • Hi Rick,

      It’s a cool application for sure. But, it’s just one more in a long list of similar apps. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to run out of leading edge apps to write about. Might have to start looking at the mobile app market much more closely.

      Always good to see your comments.

      Bill

      • Bill,

        Yes, I am finding it more and more challenging to find applications that are on the leading edge. I do believe we are in the midst of change with all of the mobile devices and tablet PCs. I am seeing more and more cloud based apps being developed to meet the demands of these mobile devices.

        Rick