Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Using password protection or a fingerprint sensoron an iOS device may protect all the information stored on it, but what about the times others borrow the device? For those who wish to protect their photos, passwords, notes, and more, there is a new app called Folder Lock for that. There are many reasons to password protect folders andmedia like adult content and private information.
When Folder Lock is installed, it looks like an ordinary folder icon on the home screen. Tapping on the icon opens the folder, and users are required to set a 4 digit passcode by tapping on or dragging a finger acrossthe icons on the screen. The app offers to backup this passcode to email, too. This is highly recommended since users won’t be able to access Folder Lock without it.
The app menu on the left includes all the information that users can protect like photos and videos, notes, browsing, contacts, passwords, to-dos, location, audio, downloads, and secret messages. Each option features a tutorial that helps users figure out how to protect their information along with an option for additional passcode protection and a way to personalize and organize folders. For example, secret messages opens up a separate message box that imports original contacts and encodes and decodes texts. It’s a little cumbersome to use at first, but it isn’t long before users know how to secure everything on their phone.
There’s a lot packed into Folder Lock like an anti-intruder system to capture a picture of those who try to use the app, a surveillance system for those who enter the passcode or pattern wrong three times, self-destruction mode that erases all data, and a panic system that instantly switches the app to another with a flick, shake, or facedown motion.
Of course, there are a few downfalls to using Folder Lock. One is that passcodes cannot be recovered, ever. Another is that all actions with contacts such as calls, SMS, email, and Facetime stay in the original call log and must be deleted manually. Furthermore, photos also need to be deleted from the camera roll after importing them into Folder Lock.
Folder Lock hides secret media and informationand utilizes a discreet interface and security system to ensure that secrets are never revealed. It works as advertised, and is worth keeping around for those who may need peace of mind. There’s also a free version available here for users to try before purchasing the full version.