How To Protect Files On Your S60 Device

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This is probably the most frequently asked question, ever! Everybody has certain photos, videos, songs and all sorts of other files which we want to hide from another person. Fortunately there are several 3rd party applications what allow us to do that, but unfortunately they are paid for!

However there are two ways in which you can not only hide files from the Gallery but also password protect them and the best part is that these methods cost nothing. In this post I will go over both of them.

 

Method I – Using The Zip Application to Password Protect Files

Most currect S60 phones ship with a built in zip manager that allows us to open .zip attachments received from emails etc. In can however also be used to create a password protected archieve. Here’s how:

Organise

– Collect all the files you want to hide and password protect in a single folder for convenience. (Not necessary)

– Open the Zip application and select the phone memory or the memory card by pressing the D-pad once to the right for the memory card.

Create Archive

– Select Options and choose “New Archive” and name it as you wish.

Set Password

– Next select Options and then “Set Password” and choose a password of your liking.

Add to Archive

– Now again from Options select Add to Archive.

– Mark the files you want to protect from the folder of your choice and add it/them.

After Adding To the Archive

– A small lock symbol will be displayed next to their name showing that they have been protected, now Exit.

Password Protected!

– The job is done, Use any file manager to open the archive you name and open it. When you want to open the file within it will ask for the password to continue.

This is method is convinient to use and the open and closing of the zip archive is very fast, almost as if opening a password protected folder.

Method II – Using Fexplorer to Password Protect Files

Download and install Fexplorer. (You will need to sign it first)

– Make sure there is no other File manager such as Ybrowser etc installed.

Remove From Gallery

– Use Fexplorer to move whatever files you need to hide and protect to the X:/System/xyz directory. This will remove them from the gallery.

Settings Menu

– Next Choose Options and select  Settings.

Choose a Password

– Scroll down to the password option and fill in a password of your choice.

– Now exit Fexplorer.

Password Protection

– The next time you open Fexplorer it will ask for a password to continue and give you access to the drives, thus password protecting your files which no longer are accessible from the Gallery or the built in file manager.

The only compromise you will have to make is not use some other file manager. This method is most suited to times when you casually have to pass your phone around to friends or some other person. It is highly unlikely that someone will install another file browser at the spur of the moment and then snoop in your files. Another thing that can be done is not to keep the files on the memory card as then they will remain protected even in the mass storage profile.

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21 thoughts on “How To Protect Files On Your S60 Device”

  1. mate nice job.is it possible for this application to secure the Messages folder a password, i mean to have the inbox or outbox password protected?i hope you can help

  2. mate nice job.is it possible for this application to secure the Messages folder a password, i mean to have the inbox or outbox password protected?i hope you can help

  3. I am using a Nokia 95 and the I cant view any of files via the zip manager that came with. Is there a security setting that I have to set?

  4. I am using a Nokia 95 and the I cant view any of files via the zip manager that came with. Is there a security setting that I have to set?

  5. How can I use ZIP manager on SAMSUNG i8510?
    I can’t install it, system told me “Unable to install. Component is bulit-in”!!!

    How can I do? QQ

  6. How can I use ZIP manager on SAMSUNG i8510?
    I can’t install it, system told me “Unable to install. Component is bulit-in”!!!

    How can I do? QQ

  7. you can use advanced device locks (pro or not) to password protect messeges,notes, and about every app on the phone, files too but they must be moved so it’s a bummer.

    you can get cracked vers at dotsis (google: dotsis advanced device locks).With this tips and this app my privacy is now complete.. thx

    ps.: like Rajaie AlKorani said, i don’t want to move files all around my phone, and that is a good thing, and i knew the zip trick from pc but didn’t know it works on s60 too…

    Like i said, lots of thanks

  8. you can use advanced device locks (pro or not) to password protect messeges,notes, and about every app on the phone, files too but they must be moved so it’s a bummer.

    you can get cracked vers at dotsis (google: dotsis advanced device locks).With this tips and this app my privacy is now complete.. thx

    ps.: like Rajaie AlKorani said, i don’t want to move files all around my phone, and that is a good thing, and i knew the zip trick from pc but didn’t know it works on s60 too…

    Like i said, lots of thanks

  9. just for a note:
    the fexplorer trick is better in my oppinion because the zip trick, even if set to no compression, it still takes some time to unzip, when in fexplorer, you need to install and set the password, and that is about it.

  10. just for a note:
    the fexplorer trick is better in my oppinion because the zip trick, even if set to no compression, it still takes some time to unzip, when in fexplorer, you need to install and set the password, and that is about it.

  11. i found another very quick and easy method. Use Nokia maps once and it will create a folder in the memory card will be ceated – cities\diskcache. Within this folder, there will be sevral folders 1, 2, 3 – select any folder and any sub-folder within that. Put your media files here and it wont be visible in the Gallry. Just make sure you remeber the path to access the files when you need.

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