How do I password protect my files and folders in Windows 7?
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I am using Windows 7. I want to password protect some private folders, how can I do that?

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  • Aditya Roy

    I use Protected Folder,and its the best!

  • Arun Vishnu

    iobit folder password protection may be the best choise.checkout from;
    http://www.iobit.com/password-protected-folder.html

  • Vishal Srivastava

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-hide-files-and-folders-using-7-freeware-apps/
    Note, that tip is old. However, most software that work on Vista should work fine on Windows 7.

  • Joseph Darwin Co

    download 7-zip and compress them with a password

  • Ahamed Yaseen

    There are many ways to protect your folder.
    1) First option is making a rar file. You can make a rar file and can easily add a password in that…

    2) Use private software… some softwares are….

    i) IObit Protected folder see here : http://www.iobit.com/password-protected-folder.html

    ii) Hide Folder 2009 and 2012 ( can make hide , lock, read only, protect option)
    for more refer the link…
    http://fspro.net/hide-folders/

  • Duy Nguyen Minh

    use file and foder protection with password.

  • prashanth singh rathore

    u can directly lock the drive by using bitlocker
    or u can use an winzip software encrypt the data
    or use folder lock software

    if u want to protect without using any softwares the follow these steps

    Step 1. Copy and paste the following codes in a notepad file.

    cls
    @ECHO OFF
    title Folder Confidential
    if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
    if NOT EXIST Confidential goto MDLOCKER
    :CONFIRM
    echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)
    set/p “cho=>”
    if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==y goto LOCK
    if %cho%==n goto END
    if %cho%==N goto END
    echo Invalid choice.
    goto CONFIRM
    :LOCK
    ren Confidential “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    echo Folder locked
    goto End
    :UNLOCK
    echo Enter the Password to unlock folder
    set/p “pass=>”
    if NOT %pass%== Replace this Red portion with your password goto FAIL
    attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
    ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Confidential
    echo Folder Unlocked successfully
    goto End
    :FAIL
    echo Invalid password
    goto end
    :MDLOCKER
    md confidential
    echo Confidential created successfully
    goto End
    :End

    Step 2 : Save the file as “Key.bat”. You are done. When you’ll double-click on the Key.bat file for first time, a folder “Confidential” will be automatically created. You can move all your confidential data in that folder.

    Step 3:

    Now to lock the folder just double-click on the file “Key”. You will get a confirmation message in Command Prompt. Type “y” to confirm. Now the folder “Confidential” will be locked and hidden.

    If you want to get access to the contents of the folder then again double-click on the batch file, you have created. Immediately you will be prompted to enter your password. After that you can get access to the folder “Confidential”.

    By this process you can password protect the folder and no body can get access to the folder without the password.

  • Yiz Borol

    There is no easy way to do this: you’ll need to download and install an extra program that will password protect folders or directories, the best way to keep files or folders hidden is to create an account and choose don’t share info.

  • Abba Jee

    Right Click on the folder select Properties, Go to Security Tab, Click on Edit, A new window will open, Change the permission from Allow to Deny, it’s secured if no one use your computer under your username… There are so many commercial & free software to provide more advanced level security to your folders & files

  • Joel Jacob

    Check out this link -http://www.tweakandtrick.com/2012/12/lock-folder-password.html

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