How can I lock or encrypt a file or folder?

jack2468 April 7, 2010
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How can I lock or encrypt a file or folder in Windows?

  1. Anonymous
    April 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I suggest and use pgp 6.5.8 ckt version [ http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-best-version-of-pgp.htm ]
    it handles everything you'll need to do and is freeware

  2. Mark O'Neill
    April 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

    You should also consider a software program called Truecrypt. I have used it for years and it is virtually unbreakable.

    • Sam
      April 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      I agree that encryption software is the way to go. Most of them lock any type of file or folder, as well as flash drives. The software I use is called SensiGuard. I like it better than TrueCrypt because it's much easier to use.

  3. Taty
    April 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Jack2468
    Just follow the directions below:

    Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

    Locate the file that you want, right-click the file, and then click Properties.

    On the General tab, click Advanced.

    Under Compress or Encrypt attributes, select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK.

    Click OK. If the file is located in an unencrypted folder, you receive an Encryption Warning dialog box. Use one of the following steps:

    If you want to encrypt only the file, click Encrypt the file only, and then click OK.
    If you want to encrypt the file and the folder in which it is located, click Encrypt the file and the parent folder, and then click OK.