Folder Lock : Visual C#

  Folder Lock is a Visual C# program for preventing other users on your computer from accessing your data. It is an enhanced version of the Folder Locker program which was developed using Visual Basic. It has some new features which we’re sure you would appreciate.

  You can download Folder Locker here, or continue reading below for details about this program. This program requires .NET Framework 4.5

Folder Lock

  As mentioned above, this program helps you protect your data from other people who share your computer. You can lock a folder so that it won’t be accessible to them. And when needed, you can unlock it for them as well. The best thing about this is that all of this takes only a few clicks. The process is much easier than doing so using the Windows Explorer. Due to this, anyone can easily use this program.

Folder Locker Idle

Folder Locker Idle

Please Note that locking a folder for a particular user means preventing that user from accessing that folder. Similarly, unlocking it for a particular user allows that user to access that folder.

How to lock a folder using Folder Lock?

There are two ways to lock a folder using this program :-

  • Locking a folder for the current user
  • Locking a folder for the user whose name you specify in the program

In the first method, the currently logged on user is prevented from accessing the contents of the folder. In the second method, you specify the name of the user who is to be prevented from accessing the contents of the selected folder.

The first thing you need to do is to select a folder. After that follow the steps mentioned below :

Folder Lock - Folder Selected

Folder Lock – Folder Selected

Locking a folder for the current user

  After selecting the folder to be locked, click the Lock button. A message box appears asking whether you wish to lock the folder for the current user or some other user? Click Yes. The selected folder will be locked for the current user. You can see this in the images below :

Folder Lock - Lock Current User

Folder Lock – Lock Current User

Folder Lock - Locked Current User

Folder Lock – Locked Current User

Please Note that locking a folder for the current user is useful only if you login as the user whom you wish to block. Otherwise, if you block yourself, it won’t be of any help to you.

Locking a folder for another user

  After selecting the folder to be locked, enter the name of the user in the text box below the buttons and click the Lock button. A message box appears asking whether you wish to lock the folder for the current user or the user whose name has been entered in the text box below? Click No. The selected folder will be locked for the user whose name was entered by you. You can see this in the images below :

Folder Lock - Lock Other User

Folder Lock – Lock Other User

Folder Lock - Locked Other User

Folder Lock – Locked Other User

Please Note that here “Other” is the name of an existing user on my computer. Therefore, you need to replace it with the name of an existing user on your computer.

How to unlock a folder using Folder Lock

  The process of unlocking a folder is almost the same as that of locking a folder. The only difference is that you have to click the Unlock button instead of the Lock button. Since the process (and even the screenshots would be almost same, we have skipped the screenshots of the unlock process).

Download Folder Lock

Click here to download the source code of Folder Lock (116 KB)

Click here to download only the executable of Folder Lock (20 KB). This program requires .NET Framework 4.5

  The Folder Locker program was very popular, and we expect that this one would be even more popular due to the features we’ve added to it.

2 comments

  • The program is wonderful, but I wonder why you call it Folder Lock. I think it ought to be Folder Block, since you’re blocking a user (or users) from accessing a folder.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. This program was named Folder Lock, because it locks out the specified user from accessing the contents of the selected folder. It is more like saying, “This door has been locked so that XYZ cannot access it, though everyone else can”.

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