The file protection segment has lately become very popular, especially because of different security breaches and malware infecting not only business users, but organizations as well. Another reason for this segment to become popular is the latest trend implemented by many organizations out there, called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This trend cannot guarantee for the privacy of each file, this is why many users tend to look for a protection solution for their important files, without having to back them up in the cloud. This is the situation with Hider 2 which safely conceals any file on your MacBook. We have decided to do a software review and demonstrate how users can benefit from using it.
|Type||File hider and locker.|
|Operating System||Mac Os||License Price||€19.95 for a single license.|
|STF’s Test Machine||MacBook Air – 2015|
|User Experience||Discuss and learn more about Hider 2 In Our Forum|
Hider 2 – Main Features and Performance
The application installed itself quite fast, which is good, but also typical for MacBook apps. Either way, the user is welcomed by a pleasant tutorial which explains what is the app all about:
Then, the user is taken to a “Create Vault” screen which allows to make a virtual vault with a custom password and even backup the password externally in the event it is forgotten.
After the vault is created, Hider 2 displays a rather minimalistic interface, which is user friendly. The application gives the ability to add files by either clicking on the “+” icon and finding them or directly dropping them in it.
Since Hider 2, like it’s name suggests, conceals data, we have decided to hide a file and then try to find it using different methods. The results were expectedly unsuccessful:
The second feature of this software is to also enable you to store your passwords in it, which makes it a password protection and storage software as well. A clever approach, to say the least.
The main feature of Hider 2, which impressed us the most is the type of encryption it uses. The program takes advantage of the AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm. This is a must, if you are using a file protection software, because the algorithm is very strong and nobody except you can access the files, providing the password for them. The AES cipher’s another benefit is that it is also calssified as a Suite.B algorithm, meaning that it is used by agencies such as the NSA and other institutions to encrypt important files to protect them from prying eyes.
In terms of performance, the app is nothing a MacBook can’t handle, because it is light and runs actively without it even being seen in the Force Quit menu. This means that even if you want to turn it off (or someone else does), they cannot do it, without typing the password in the app itself. Simple and clever.
The program also has a discrete tray icon in the upper bar which is basically an instant login to it, after the login password is typed.
- Easy to setup.
- Has a user-friendly interface and a simple tutorial with photos.
- Uses AES Encryption.
- Conceals files well.
- Very light on system resources.
- Password and note storage in it.
- Runs hidden from Force Quit.
- If the file is added to the program and is visible it can be opened while the program is opened.
- It could use more security features for the buck.