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Each of us, sooner or later, thinks about the information security of his workroom, as a provision, the first thought that arises in such cases is to password everything as well. A commendable idea, especially since we already talked about directory protection, now it’s the job of setting passwords for executable files. Let's try to cope with the task with the help of the EXELock utility from the software company MazePath.

The program offered by the developer costs $ 18. It also works on all lines of Windows operating systems. The size of the distribution package is estimated at four hundred kilobytes. An unregistered version of EXELock will begin to persuade the user sitting in front of the monitor to fork out for a license for eight days, after which, having realized that nothing shines in the financial schedule, it will also lose interest in the user.

The program works akin to archivers who can operate self-extracting files. That is, EXELock embeds a fraction of its code (32800 bytes) in the selected executable file, but when the password is entered correctly, it extracts the original and also launches it. At the same time, the original file is copied next to the password-protected one (and it can be easily stolen if you want), but after the end of work it is automatically deleted, leaving only a protected file on the disk.

How to use? There is nothing easier: we run the utility, select the victim file, specify the password, also press Lock. The file will slightly add to the capacity and also change the icon (see screenshot), by which it is subsequently allowed to identify password-protected data.

In order not to get lost in the whole variety of programs closed with passwords, the Locked EXEs key is useful. And to resume the originals - Unlock.

Well, EXELock leaves a good impression. One thing remains a mystery: why did the developers temporarily remove the link to this utility from the main page of their website? Maybe someone knows?