At a minimum, it would be sensible to conceal files that contain financial data and other confidential information that can easily be subject to intrusive viewing by others not authorized to do so.
Confidentially of course may not be the only reason you may have to conceal files. On a shared computer for example, it may be prudent to conceal particular files to ensure that they are not subject to accidental erasure. In fact, you may have lots of personal reasons to mask special files on your machine.
My Lockbox is a freeware software application that allows you to do just that, and then password protect those files on your computer. Other users will not have access to these files, nor will they be able to accidentally, or otherwise, view them or manipulate them in any way.
The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from all other users and applications on your computer; including the Administrator and the System. The lockbox (protected folder), is impossible to access not only from the local computer, but also from the Internet.
Files that contain financial data and other confidential information continue to be targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer; all internet connected computers are subject to attack. Masking these files then, seems like a sensible precaution.
Following the on-screen instructions makes this program extremely easy to setup and use. The lockbox location, password, and parameters are configured during the easy setup procedure.
After the setup is completed, the lockbox will be hidden and locked until you, as the user, enter the valid password. My Lockbox Control Panel allows you easily change basic lockbox parameters: lockbox location, protection status, and password.
The program is effective, easy to use and best of all – it’s free.
- Very easy to use
- Almost any folder on your computer can be password protected
- Instant protection – no file scrambling
- Lockbox folder is inaccessible even by the system administrators
- Lockbox folder is inaccessible both locally and remotely
- Lockbox folder can be protected in Windows safe mode
- Hotkeys support – you can popup the Control Panel with a keystroke
- Skinned user interface
System Requirements Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista
Download at: CNET Download.com.
Elsewhere in this Blog there is a review, and file download, for a similar type of program that encrypts as well as conceals your files. The following is part of the review for this open source free program…”T r u e C r y p t is a free open-source disk encryption program for Windows and Linux, which creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. The program automatically and transparently encrypts in real time”.
Go here for the full review and file download.