Simple Methods to Password-Protect Your Personal Files and Folders in Windows
Since Windows does not provide any in-built function to set passwords to specific files and folders, it might be a bit hard for you to lock your confidential data. Fortunately, you can protect your data from snooping eyes with some simple ways. Read on the following guide to understand different ways to safeguard your personal files in Windows.
1. Creating Multiple Users
If you’ve admin access to your PC, you can think of setting up a password to your admin account and then creating multiple guest accounts for other users. To set up new guest account - Go to Control Panel, and then select “User Accounts” wherein you can manage different accounts available on your PC. Click on “Guest account” and hit the “Turn On” button. It will create a guest account, restricting the users to access the admin files and folders.
2. Create A Password-protected Rar Folder
It is fairly easy and viable option, though you’ll need to take a few jumps. In this method, you will have to first create a compressed file (rar or zip). After you have opened WinRar download and installed the software, you can create the rar file, drag and drop the files and documents in this zipped folder. Now, you need to set up the password for your new rar file. Open the file in the WinRar wizard. Go to “Add a Password” option, enter the password of your choice, and confirm. The rar file will now ask password in order to view the contents available inside.
Delete the original files or documents after creating a password-protected rar file. Sometimes you will need third party software utilities to create such files, and most of these programs are available for free of cost.
3. Create A Hidden Folder
You can hide the folders and files in two ways.
• Right click on the folder or file you want to hide, and go to “Properties”. In the “General” (first) tab, go to “Attribute” section (last section on the first panel). Click on the check box “Hidden” and click “Apply”. Your selected folder will be hidden until the user makes necessary settings to show hidden files and folders.
• In another method, you actually create an invisible folder by renaming and changing the icon. First, select the folder, press F2 and rename the folder by pressing Alt+0160 buttons. It will create a blank character, which is just different from a space. Now, you will see only a folder icon that you have to change. For this, right click on folder, go to “Properties”, click “Customize” tab. Go to folder and icons section and click on “Change icon” button. Now, select a blank icon from the list of different icons. This hidden folder will be highlighted when the user drags the selection box on screen.
4. Use Third-Party Software
Using the third party software is a best and efficient option. Though you will need to spend few bucks, it is a great way to completely restrict other users from accessing your personal files. Some of these tools are even available at free of cost.
In addition to these methods, you should also check out an often over looked option - misdirection. In this, you can simply create a new folder having a most boring name like - Power Tutorials 2011, and then nestle your personal folder deeply, where no one could virtually reach. It might be a simplest option, if you don’t want use any software or create any guest account.