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How to put a password on a folder or file? We hide treasured data

Actually from the topic it is clear what we will talk about in this article.

And indeed, after all, every PC user once had such a desire as to hide secret data from prying eyes. So how can this be done? Immediately only one thing comes to mind, password-protect the “secret” folder!

Let’s get it right.

And immediately disappointment. The password for the folder (at least under WinXP) cannot be set. Apparently Microsoft did not take this into account when developing its OS. But you can use other simple methods to achieve this goal.

Method number 1
You can limit or completely block access to the folder (or to individual files) for other users of your computer. Access rights are defined in the properties of the folder (file). Detailed instructions are described below in paragraphs (some definitions in English).
So:
1) Open the folder (or directory) containing the folder with which you want to work.
2) In the menu (explorer): Tools -> Folder Properties -> View -> Use simple file sharing (recommended) ==> Uncheck this item. Confirm changes.
3) In the properties of the protected folder, select the Security panel.
4) If the users whose rights you want to restrict are listed in the upper box, simply select them one at a time and check the corresponding box in the “Deny” column in the bottom box.
If there are no necessary users in the upper window, then they can be entered there by paws using the “Add …” button directly under the window. Then again put down all the necessary prohibitions.

Attention! Do not set bans for GROUPS and DOMAINs that you yourself enter – you will not be allowed to enter your own folder later! Block only individual users “by name”!

Method number 2
There are many specialized programs to solve this problem, namely to set a password on folders or files. A list of data (most popular) utilities is given below.

File lock

File securer

Lock folder xp – minus the folder will be accessible from dos-a (this is protection against a fool, but in some cases this is enough), you can also create an encrypted disk using the following programs: Extra Drive Creator Pro, StealthDisk Mobile, truecrypt, etc.

Hide folders xp

Folder lock

Password Protect USB is a program with which you can protect an unlimited number of folders with your personal password. To do this, you do not need to move all documents to a special folder. THE PROGRAM ALLOWS TO SET A PASSWORD ON ANY FOLDER. The first time you need to run the program. Subsequently, you can simply right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and select Lock With Password Protect USB from the menu.

You can protect folders on your hard drive, as well as on any external drives, including USB. If you install the program on an external drive, you can protect / unprotect folders from any computer to which your drive is connected. To remove protection, you do not need to run the program. Just double click on the folder in Windows Explorer and enter the password.

Method number 3
This method is perhaps the simplest and most effective.

Of course, there are dozens of programs on the Internet for setting a password for files, but not everybody will want to study all the nuances of a particular program for a long time, and you need to believe them, otherwise you may lose access to the information that you carefully stored. Therefore, I can advise in this case to password-protect your files with the usual WinRar archiver, which is probably installed on each computer (if you don’t have one, then install it without it).

And so let’s get started, right-click on the experimental folder or file and select “Add to Archive” in the context menu.

Or, we hover the mouse first on WinRAR and put a pop-up on the pop-up inscription Add to archive.

The archiver window opens and you must immediately go to the “Advanced” tab and click on the “Set Password” button.

In the next window, enter the desired password twice (the second time for verification). Do not enter passwords that are too simple, use both letters and numbers, because there are all sorts of programs that select passwords for archives. A simple password can be found in just an hour. Click OK. All the password is set, then you can somehow call the folder and add it to the archive.

Open the archive you just created and see that we can neither open nor unzip the folder until we enter the password.

So, it was perhaps the easiest, but effective way to set a password for a folder. By the way, I’ll say that it’s almost impossible to crack a password-protected archive. Without knowing the password for this archive, no one can open it in any way, so be sure to remember (or better write down) the password for the archive.

Here are all the most well-known methods of password imposition on folders and files in the Windows operating system (95-Se7en).

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