When sharing a computer with other people, maintaining privacy isn’t as easy as it looks. Our online profiles, our files are all up for grabs it seems. Nosy people are always looking for ways to “accidentally” stumble upon our private info and data. Today’s program will help you protect your files and folders when sharing a Windows machine with friends and family. Software that I’m going to talk about is called Zee Locker and it’s a file and folder hider software which helps you hide files and folders to keep them away from prying eyes.
Zee Locker – a free file and folder hider software for Windows
Before I begin I would just like to warn you that by using Zee Locker, you run the risk of losing your files, because you never know what might go wrong with the application. It didn’t happen to me, but I thought I should warn people. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s have a look at a quick overview of what this free file and folder encryption software has to offer:
- Lightweight – entire application is just a few MB in size, with a small memory footprint.
- Data safety – both individual files and also entire folders can be hidden with Zee Locker. There is no file format restrictions.
- Security – access to the application is password protected. Security question can be setup in case you forget the password.
Small size that Zee Locker has took the toll and the application doesn’t have a lot of features. What’s worth mentioning, at least I think, is that once you protect a file or a folder using Zee Locker, it is hidden and cannot be seen without messing around with Windows settings. Slightly more tech savvy people can access the hidden files and folders, but they would need to know that they’re there to do that. Let’s see how Zee Locker works exactly.
How to hide file and folder with Zee Locker
Using Zee Locker is pretty straightforward. After installing and running the application, the first thing that you’re going to be asked is the password for accessing the main control panel.
Make sure that the password is safe and strong, but not so strong that you forget it, 🙂 . Security question is there if you forget the password.
With the password set, you’re now ready to start hiding files and folders that you don’t want other people seeing. Just select either the Choose File or Choose Folder option, depending on what you want to hide.
When you want to make a folder visible, just double click on it from the list of hidden folders and files down below. This will start the “unhide” process.
Password is required every time that Zee Locker is opened. Use the Forget Password button to try and restore it in case you’ve forgotten it.
Final thoughts and download
Zee Locker might not be a foolproof method of how to protect files from prying eyes, but it can still come in handy when you have a lot of files that have to be protected. Actual encryption would take time in that case, so only hiding the files makes sense, especially if people with whom you’re having personal boundary issues aren’t tech savvy.