Protect a folder with a password

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Protect a folder with a password
Protect a folder with a password
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Both MacOS and Windows 10 Pro, Windows Enterprise and Windows Education have their own encryption programs that you can use to encrypt and password protect folders and files on your hard drive. Windows 10 Home doesn't come with encryption software, but you can use other software to password protect your folders and files. In this article you can read how to protect your files and folders.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Using Windows

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Step 1. Press ⊞ Win+E to the Explorer File_Explorer_Icon

to open.

On the File Explorer there is an icon that looks like a folder with a blue clip on it. Click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar, or press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer. Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education Editions have their own built-in file security software called BitLocker. BitLocker lets you protect an entire hard drive, as well as individual folders and files.

BitLocker is not available in the Home edition of Windows. If you are using Windows Home you will need to use a different software to protect your files and folders

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Step 2. Browse to the folder you want to password protect and right click on it

A menu will then open to the right of the folder.

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Step #3. Click Properties

This option is at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Step #4. Click on Advanced Options

You'll find this option at the bottom of the Properties window next to 'Attributes'.

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Step 5. Click on the box

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next to "Protect content to protect data."

You'll find it at the bottom of the Advanced Properties window next to "Compress or Protect Properties."

If you want to open a password protected folder, follow the steps above up to this point and check this box. Then enter your password

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Step 6. Click Ok and then To apply.

This will start the process of protecting your folder.

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Step 7. Select 'Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files' and click Ok

It is the second radio option in the 'Confirm changes to properties' window.

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Step 8. Click the 'Backup File Security Code' button in the message that appears

You can also find this pop-up message in the Notifications panel by clicking the icon that looks like a square speaker in the taskbar.

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Step 9. Insert a USB stick into the USB port and click Back up now (recommended)

This way you save a backup copy of your security code on your USB stick. This way, if you forget your password, you will still be able to access your files.

  • If you don't have a USB stick, you can Back up later so you'll be reminded the next time you log in, or click Never make a backup. Warning:

    If you don't save your security code, and you forget your password, you run the risk of not being able to access your files.

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Step 10. Click Next twice

First click Next one at the bottom of the Certificate Export Wizard window. Then click again Next one to create a new password.

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Step 11. Select 'Personal Information Exchange - PKCS #12' and click Next

This is the default option in the Certificate Export Wizard window. Then click Next one in the bottom right corner.

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Step 12. Check the box

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Check 'Password' and enter your password twice.

To create a password, click the box next to 'Password' twice and then enter your chosen password in the two fields below the box. Make sure you enter the exact same password both times.

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Step 13. Click Next

This option is in the lower right corner of the Certificate Export window.

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Step 14. Go to your USB stick

Use the file explorer to navigate to the location of your memory stick. This can be a temporary “D:” or “E:” drive.

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Step 15. Type in a name for the certificate and click Save

This is how you save the certificate as a '.pfx' file.

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Step 16. Click Next and then To end.

This completes the process of password-protecting your folder. You can now remove the USB stick from the port and keep it in a safe place.

To open the folder, follow steps one to four. Then uncheck the box that says "Protect content to protect data." Then enter your password to unlock the folder

Method 2 of 3: Using AxCrypt

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Step 1. Download Axcrypt and install it

The Windows Home edition does not come with the BitLocker, which is the standard security software used in Windows. You will have to use a different encryption program instead. AxCrypt allows you to protect files and folders on your computer with a password or an encryption code. The free version uses so-called 128-bit encryption and the premium version uses AES-256-bit encryption. Both meet international standards. Follow the steps below to download and install AxCrypt:

  • Go to https://www.axcrypt.net/ in a web browser of your choice.
  • Click the green button To download.
  • Open the installation file in your web browser or in your Downloads folder.
  • Click on the checkbox to agree to the license terms and conditions.
  • click on to install.
  • click on Launch.
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Step 2. Enter your email address and click Ok

Make sure you enter a valid email address. A verification code will then be sent to your email address.

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Step 3. Copy the verification code from your email

Open the email address you provided and see if you received an email from AxCrypt. That email will contain your verification code.

The email may end up in your Junk or Spam folder

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Step 4. Enter the verification or verification code

Enter the check code from the email into the small box that says 'Check code' in the AxCrypt window.

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Step 5. Enter your password twice and click Ok

Make sure you enter exactly the same password in both fields. This is the password you will use to secure and unlock your folders.

  • If you want, write down the password and keep it in a safe place. If you lose your password, you may not be able to access your files.
  • Once you're logged in to AxCrypt, you don't have to enter your password every time you log in. So don't be afraid to use a strong password.
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Step 6. Enter your password and click Ok

This is how you log in to AxCrypt.

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Step 7. Click Start Test or Not now.

If you want to try Premium AxCrypt for free, click Start test. If not, click Not now.

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Step 8. Press ⊞ Win+E to the Explorer File_Explorer_Icon

to open.

The File Explorer icon looks like a folder with a blue clip on it. Click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar, or press the Windows key + E to open the File Explorer.

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Step 9. Go to the folder you want to password protect and right click on it

A menu will then open next to the folder.

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Step 10. Swipe AxCrypt and click encrypt.

Once you have AxCrypt installed and logged in, you will see this option in the drop-down menu that appears when you right-click on a file or folder in the File Explorer. A submenu will then appear. click on Encrypt in the sub menu.

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Step 11. Enter your password and click Ok

This will convert the folder and all files in it into secure '.axx' files.

  • To open the files again, right-click the folder in the File Explorer and swipe AxCrypt. click on Unlock. Enter your password and click OK.

Method 3 of 3: Using a Mac

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Step 1. Open Spotlight

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You'll find this option in the top right corner of the screen.

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Step 2. Type in disk utility and press ⏎ Return

This is how you open the Disk Utility.

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Step 3. Click on File

You'll find this item in the menu at the top left of your Mac's screen.

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Step 4. Choose New Image, then click Image from folder.

This will open a search window.

If you have an older Mac, this option may be named "Disk Image from Folder."

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Step 5. Select the folder you want to password protect and click Open

Click on the field at the top of the drop-down window, click on the location of your folder (for example desktop), click on your map and click Open.

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Step 6. Enter a name for your folder

Do this in the 'Save as' field.

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Step 7. Click on the 'Lock' drop-down box and choose 128-bit AES encryption

You'll find this option in the "Lock" drop-down menu.

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Step 8. Click on the 'Image size' drop-down box

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Step 9. Click on read/write

This option allows you to add or remove files from your secure folder later.

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Step 10. Click on Save

This button is in the lower right corner of the window.

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Step 11. Create a password and click Choose

Enter a password of your choice for the folder in the field labeled 'Password' and re-enter it in the 'Check' field for confirmation. Then click on the 'Choose' button to confirm the password.

To continue, both passwords must match

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Step 12. Click on Save

To do this, click the blue button at the bottom of the window. This way you create a secured copy of the original folder.

  • If you named your image the same as the original folder, then when prompted, click To replace to replace the folder.
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Step 13. When prompted, click Done

You have now created a password protected folder. Your new protected folder will be displayed as a so-called '.dmg' file.

You can delete the original folder from which you created the protected folder, if you wish. Your files are now safe in the '.dmg' you just created

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Step 14. Open the folder you have password protected

Double click on the '.dmg' file you just created to open the password protected folder. You will then be asked to enter a password.

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Step 15. Enter the password you created earlier and click OK

The folder will open as a mounted virtual 'drive' on the desktop. Once you have unlocked the folder, a window will open and you will be shown your files.

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Step 16. Lock the folder

When you're done, you can relock the folder by 'Removing' the drive you opened earlier, in one of the following ways:

  • Click on the icon of the drive and drag it to the trash.
  • Right click on the icon and choose Eject'[Name of your folder]'
  • Click the eject button next to the folder name in the Search box on the left side of the screen.

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