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Can you password protect a folder? Answered


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lommham (author)2014-04-11

Of course, you can do that by R clicking on the folder you want to password protect and then click on properties, in the properties window you can enable the encryption feature. This is the most normally used way to password protect folders on computer, while it's useless if you login your computer with admin account and then walk away, in this situation any people can access to the protected folder.

And folder protected by 3rd party software won't meet this problem. If you are interested in 3rd party file protection software, I recommend you to try Folder Protector, it's excellent in password protecting folders on computer as well as on flash drive.

You can find it here:


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hellrider75 (author)2010-08-29

you can use its a program who protects your file throw a password i hope it was a good answer

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Re-design (author)2010-08-24
If you're using windows 3.1, 95, or 98 you have to find an addon somewhere.

If you're using windows xp pro. you can,
  1. Select the folder you wish to encrypt.
  2. Right-click the folder and click Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced button.
  4. Check "Encrypt contents to secure data" option.
  5. Click Apply and then Ok.
If you're using xp home you need tweakui.
If you need tweakui you can download it here.

  1. Install then Open TweakUI.
  2. In the TweakUI window, select Explorer
  3. In the right side of the window under Settings, locate Show 'Encrypt' on context menu and check the box. This option should be below Prefix 'shortcut to' on new shortcuts and above Show 'View workgroup computers' in NetPlaces.
OR -

check out this page to see more info.

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orksecurity (author)Re-design2010-08-25

Thanks; hadn't realized TweakUI exposed that.

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siliconghost (author)2010-08-24

In most cases yes, you can. But how to do it varies quite a bit depending on which OS you are on.

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Hiyadudez (author)2010-08-24

Wel, in simple terms. Yes you can =)

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NachoMahma (author)2010-08-24

. If you are using Windows, type "Windows file sharing" (without the quotes) into the Search box above and to the right. If you're using Linux, type "Linux file sharing".
. Or go to Google and search from there.

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