It is possible to Password protect folder or file in your PC or USB. In this tutorial, I am going to discuss about possible methods to Password protect folder. When security of your folders or files is your first priority and don’t mind to spend little money, you can use premium software Lock My Folders which helps to password protect any folder of file in your computer or USB. No one can uninstall this software without your password. If you don’t want to spend money, then continue reading this article.
You can also protect your USB or external hard drives or your computer drives with password. You can get file security, even without password. Here I will discuss all possible methods to get file security.
How to Password protect folder in PC
Hide files with Windows built-in feature
Windows has built-in feature to hide files. You can use this feature to hide your files or folders. For complete procedure to hide files with Windows feature read,
Drawback of Windows hide feature: When you hide folder with this feature, even you cannot see the folder. Any one can see hidden files if they set folder view option to “show hidden files”.
Password protect hidden files with Winmend software
Winmend folder hidden software is an open source software. It is the best software to password protect your folders. You can hide folder with this software. It has provision to password protect the software. Anyone unhide the file only by opening this software. That means when anyone know password then only they can open software and unhide folder. That means indirectly you can password protect all hidden folders. You can also hide folders in USB or external driver with this software. I have written a separate article about how to use the Winmend software. Read,
Drawback of WInmend software : When you hide folder with WInmend, even you can not see folder.
Lock folder with easy file locker
Easy file locker is also an open source software. It works same as Winmend, but with one extra feature. You can see folder, and you can lock folder. You can hide folder and password protect this software. Any one can see the folder, but no one can open the folder. If any one try to open folder, it will show access denied error message. Only you can change the permission of the folder by opening software with password. I think it is the perfect free solution to get file security. Want to know how to use easy file locker? read,
Password protect folder by creating zip file with 7-zip
The drawback of above three methods is, you can not password protect each folder. You can only hide files and password protect the software. If anyone un installs the software, then they can access folders.
Encrypt drive with diskcryptor
You can encrypt entire drive or USB with diskcryptor. No one can open the encrypted drive. They see option to format drive. Only you can decrypt with your password.
Drawback of diskcryptor: You will see only option to format drive, so some one may format your drive and you may lose data. Before doing encryption, you need to take data backup. when you think, losing data is Ok instead revealing data, then only you can go for this method. Read,
How to Password protect folder in USB
There are three ways to secure USB files. All are discussed above.
- Hide files with Winmend and password protect
- Password protect USB with encryption
- Convert folders to zip folders with password protection.
How to password protect the word document
You can use 7-zip to create a zip file from the word document. And password protect zip file. MS word has a built-in feature to protect word document with the password. I have a separate tutorial about it.
All above free methods may have some flaws. If you need complete protection, I recommend you to use lock My Folders software. It will use military standard encryption to protect your folders or files with the password. You can lock files from your Windows OS or USB. No one can uninstall this software without your password. So that you will have complete protection.