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[Review] Wondershare SafeLock

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Wondershare SafeLock [1]

Version reviewed:


Supported OS:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7


$29.95 (USD) but you can get it for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com [2]!

Software description as per the developer:

Wondershare SafeLock is a secure file encryption software  for users to encrypt file, and lock folder  stored on PC hard drive or any portable media such as USB drive. With Wondershare SafeLock, you can encrypt files of any type including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. It can  protect your folder against being viewed by unauthorized persons. Wizard interfaces guide users through all the necessary steps needed to perform file encryption.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Very easy to use, although the English can be a bit improved for the tooltips so there is no confusion as to what the tooltips are saying.
{for=”Performance” value=”10″}Performs well for what it does.
{for=”Usefulness” value=”7″}I can see a good number of people finding this program useful, although being not open-source will turn off potential users.
{for=”Price” value=”6″}$29.95 is overpriced in my opinion. Considering the dominance of free, open source software when it comes to encryption, $20 is a much better price I believe for a proprietary encryption software.
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Wondershare SafeLock is a proprietary encryption tool. I specifically mention proprietary because from the get-go I want to differentiate Wondershare SafeLock from the open source industry standard for encryption software; Wondershare SafeLock is not open source – keep that in mind for now, I will discuss it more later on.

Wondershare SafeLock provides users with these features:

This video by the developer demonstrates the usage of all the above mentioned features:

In addition to the above, Wondershare SafeLock has a few extra “tools” users can use:


The most important “tool” to take note of is the ability to add right-click context menu entries for quick encryption and decryption.

Last but not least, as promised I would like to discuss the fact that Wondershare SafeLock is not open source. When it comes to encryption, open source software lead the way for three main reasons:

  1. Open source means transparency. We all want to be 100% sure that our passwords are not being sent off to some server where anyone can have access to them. Open source allows everyone ease-of-mind that this is not happening.
  2. Open source means more security. Although it may be counter-intuitive, open source software (typically) are a lot more secure than closed source software.
  3. Open source means you won’t ever be locked out of your files (unless you forget the password). With proprietary/commercial software, if, for whatever reason, you are unable to install the software (maybe you forgot your license key or need to renew a subscription), you won’t be able to access your already encrypted files. With open source encryptors, however, you can easily install and uninstall the software easily as needed – no license key to worry about.

Admittedly, two out of the three reasons mentioned are mostly nullified if the open source software in question is not very popular because they depend on third party developers providing oversight for the open source software. If a software is not very popular, it won’t have many developers providing oversight, hence it may not be transparent or secure. So even with open source encryption software, you must be careful of which ones you use.

Now, of course, not being open source does not mean a software is bad or untrustworthy. Wondershare SafeLock clearly is not a bad software; in fact I would say it is fairly good. However, not being open source really puts an handicap on a software in an industry that the bar is set at open source.

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.


TrueCrypt [4]

Main Features:


AxCrypt [4]

AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.


Free OFTE [5]

FreeOTFE is a free, open source, “on-the-fly” transparent disk encryption program for PCs and PDAsUsing this software, you can create one or more “virtual disks” on your PC/PDA. These disks operate exactly like a normal disk, with the exception that anything written to one of them is transparently, and securely, encrypted before being stored on your computer’s hard drive.


7zip [6]

While the main purpose of this program is to replace programs like winRAR and Winzip, there is the ability to create .7z archived files that can be encrypted with AES 256.

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{rw_verdict2}Wondershare SafeLock is a good encryption software; I give it a thumbs up. However, as I mentioned, in an industry where the standard is set by free, open source software, it is hard for commercial software to get a foothold. So, my recommendation for encryption software is either AxCrypt if you need file-level encryption or TrueCrypt if you need container-level encryption. Both AxCrypt and TrueCrypt are terrific, open source, and time tested encryption tools – they will serve you well!
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