It is normal if you have somethings you really wish to keep away from people. This is especially important if the PC you are using is a public one or it has public access. So, you have a folder with vital private or even secret documents, we will show you how to password protect folders on windows 10 folders. Read on.
The only difficulty is that neither of these operating systems makes it as easy as it could be. Native password protection is something that remains elusive in most standard builds, but with the right know-how, that’s not a problem. Whether you end up using third-party recommendations or a built-in utility, here’s how to protect your folders from prying eyes.
Meanwhile, we have written about the best password managers here. With these tools, you can use them to remember the passwords you use. That said, let’s see how to password protect folders on Windows 10.
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How To Password Protect Folders On Windows 10
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Windows 10 Pro Folder Encryption
If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, there is a built-in protection system, though it’s not the most fully featured. Windows 10 Pro’s basic encryption offers file obfuscation that locks a file to your account. That way, if someone on another account or someone who copied your files away to another PC, tried to access your content, they’d need to know your account password — which better not be one of the most common passwords.
Anyone using your PC and account would still have access, however.
- Right-click on your chosen file and select Properties from the drop-down menu.
- Click Advanced.
- Tick the box next to Encrypt contents to secure data and click OK.
- Click Apply and when prompted, choose whether you want all folders within that directory to be encrypted, or merely the top-level one. When you’ve decided, click OK.
How To Password Protects Folders On Windows Using 7ZIP
While Windows 10 Pro might have some protections, most versions of Windows are utterly devoid of any folder-specific security. For most Windows users, adding a password to a folder requires a third-party archiving utility or some form of compression software. We will use 7-Zip, an open-source zip compression utility that’s readily available for free courtesy.
You’ll be required to decompress the folder before use, but that’s a small price to pay for security.
- Navigate to the 7-Zip download page and select the right download for you. Most users should opt for the 64-bit x64 Windows build. Once downloaded, install it as you would any other software and run it.
- Locate the folder you wish to password protect within the main 7-Zip interface and click the green addition sign in the upper-left corner of the application. Alternatively, drag and drop the folder anywhere within the main 7-Zip interface.
- Ignoring the bulk of presets in the resulting pop-up window, select zip from the drop-down menu directly beside the Archive Format option to ensure the folder remains compatible on computers without 7-Zip installed.
- Then, enter and re-enter your desired password for the folder in the text fields located on the right-hand side of the window.
- Click the OK button when finished and allow the utility to create a compressed, encrypted duplicate of the folder you wish to password protect.
- Once the password-protected zip file has been created, test it to make sure that it’s working correctly by trying to access any of the content held within. Once you know it’s properly protected, delete the original folder so it can no longer be accessed. There’s no need to have two instances of the same data, especially since the original folder will remain unprotected.
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