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

Hints and Frequently Asked Questions

Drag and drop support

You can drag and drop files and folders onto the Universal Shield window to hide them.

Upgrading operating system

If you upgrade your operating system (such as from Windows 2000 to Windows XP) you must uninstall Universal Shield before you begin and reinstall Universal Shield after you finish.

Do not hide critical system files!

DO NOT hide folders that contain critical system files. If Windows needs a file that exists only in one of your hidden folders then it will not be able to find it until you make the folders visible.

If you accidentally hide important system files then it is very possible that your computer will not boot correctly and you will need to uninstall manually. Another solution is to set the system process as trusted (for more information, see "How to Set Up Trusted Processes").

Locking removable media

If you do not want people running programs from CD-ROM drives or floppy drives, such as your A drive, you can just set VISIBILITY access to them. This will prevent users from opening files from CD-ROMS and running programs from floppy disks. (For more information, see "How to Hide Files and Folders".)

What happens if Universal Shield crashes or someone terminates the program?

We have even catered for this. Universal Shield is very secure in the way that it protects your folders. Even if the program crashes for some reason, or a malicious user somehow terminates the Universal Shield program, your folders will still be protected for the entire Windows session. The only way to unprotect them while Windows is running is to launch Universal Shield, supply the correct password and then access Universal Shield setup (see "Password Protection").

How secure is Universal Shield?

We have tried our best to make this version as secure as we could. We take the security provided by Universal Shield very seriously. If you have found a security related bug in the program, please contact us (see "Universal Shield Support"), so that we can investigate it. If you are looking for more generic tools to protect your PC contact us.

If you think that we have missed out an important FAQ that everyone else would be interested knowing about and it should end up in this list, please feel free to contact us and let us know so that we can add it to this list (see "Universal Shield Support").

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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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