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

Protect Object

Protect Object lets you protect a drive, folder, file, or several files as defined by a mask (see "How to Use File Mask to Select Multiple Files").

To use Protect Object:

  • Click the kind of object you want to protect: Drive (in Windows NT, 2000, and XP), Folder, File, or Mask (multiple files).
  • Select the object you want to protect by clicking the Ellipsis (...) button to browse for the object or to define the mask you want to use. (The Ellipsis (...) button is the button with three dots at the right of the Select path to file: entry field.)
  • After you select the object you want to protect, set the access that you want to deny or grant. The access options that are available depend on the kind of object you are protecting; not all options are available for all object types.

Select Drive/Path/Mask

After you select the kind of object you want to protect, click the Ellipsis (...) button to select the instance of that object (or objects, in the case of a Mask selection).

Protect Included Files

If you are protecting a drive or folder, you can choose to protect the files in that folder and drive as well. Subfolders in the drive and folder and their contents are also protected.

Deny moving of this folder

If you move a folder that contains hidden or protected folders, the protected data will become viewable at the location to which the folder is moved. To avoid this situation, store your data in root folders or select this checkbox.

Full Access

Selecting Full Access disables all protection for the selected object.

No Access

Selecting No Access enables full protection, including invisibility (hidden status) for the selected object.


Other lets you choose which specific protections you want to apply and deny to the selected object. Select the check box for each permission you want to grant-a check means that anyone can perform the function. A deselected check box means nobody can perform the function and the object is protected for that function.

Full protection would be clearing all check boxes, whereas no protection would be a check in every check box.

Read (R)

Select the Read check box to let everyone be able to open the selected object. Deselecting this check box prevents everyone from reviewing any data in the object.

Write (W)

Select the Write check box to let everyone be able to edit (write to) the selected object, including make changes and copies. Deselecting this check box prevents everyone from copying the object.

Delete (D)

Select the Delete check box to let everyone be able to delete the selected object. Deselecting this check box prevents everyone from deleting the object.

Visibility (V)

Select the Visibility check box to make the object visible in Windows to everyone. Deselecting this check box hides the file so it does not display.

For these protections to remain in-force, you must:

  • Leave the files you protect listed in the Universal Shield main window
  • Enable protection ("Toggle Protection")

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See Also


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