Protect and hide folders, files, drives. Security tools for hiding your files, folders, and drives.



An algorithm is a method of encryption. Universal Shield lets you use the following algorithms: CAST, Cobra 128, PC1, Rijndael, Serpent, TMS, triple-DES, and Twofish.


Clicking the Cancel button lets you exit a dialog box without saving or applying any changes you made.


Hide means to make invisible so that somebody cannot see an object using Windows tools, such as Windows Explorer or in a File Open dialog box.

Hot Keys

Hot keys are keyboard combinations that activate a certain task, or process, such as a key combination that causes the Universal Shield software to run.


Clicking the OK button lets you exit a dialog box and save or apply any changes you made.


The Universal Shield software often requires you enter a password. Type your password into the Password text box. Then, type the same password into the Confirm text box. The Universal Shield software requires that you enter the same password in both places, to protect against typographical errors.

Trusted Process

A trusted process can see all protected objects. You might want to set such applications as anti-virus software as a trusted process, so the software can see protected files.


Windows uses the asterisk (*) and question mark (?) as wild cards. In searches, the asterisk (*) stands for any number of unknown characters, whereas the question mark (?) stands for exactly one unknown character.

See Also


Universal Shield 4.7: Hide files, folders, and drives, and set access rules using flexible security combinations for your most precious data.

Lock Folder XP is a new security tool that lets you lock your files, folders, and drives with your personal password.

Protect Folder: Lock USB drives and local folders on the fly by protecting them with your own password.

USB Security: Secure workstations or the entire network against unauthorized USB devices.

DiskBoost: Speed up disk operation with a secure virtual RAM disk.

Using Protect Folder 98, you can password-protect your files and folders from unauthorized access by other Windows 98/ME users.

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