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How to put password to Windows folder

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How to put password to Windows folder: On your PC there are some folders containing particularly important documents and you would like to avoid that hangers and any attackers can get your hand without your consent. Given the circumstances, you thought about protecting access to the folders in question with a password. However, being still not very experienced in information technology and new technologies, you have no idea how to do this.

I guessed it, right? Well, then if things are exactly this way and you would like to know  how to put the password to a folder on Windows , let me say that you have arrived in the right place at the right time.

If you dedicate a few minutes of your precious free time to me, I can in fact explain how you can achieve your goal by using zero-cost and easy-to-apply solutions. Come on, try it and then let me know: I’m sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the speed with which you will be able to do everything. Now, however, just chat and let’s move on. I wish you, as usual, have a good read and I wish you a big good luck for everything!

How to put password to Windows folder

Are you interested in how to put the password to a folder on Windows but you don’t know how to do it? Then go ahead and read this post.

In fact, below you will find those that I believe to be the best tools used for the purpose, all made by third parties, since, excluding the encryption function, available only on the Pro versions of Windows and not very intuitive, the Microsoft operating system is not offers specific functionality in this regard.

veracrypt

veracrypt

The first solution that I invite you to consider is called  VeraCrypt : it is a free and open source software available for Windows, macOS and Linux that allows the creation of encrypted volumes, i.e. virtual hard disks, accessible from the Explorer Files in which you can store your data, protecting it with a password.

To download the program to your computer, go to its official website and click on the link located under the Installer item , under the Windows logo .

When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click the Yes button . Then, click on the OK button to confirm the use of the Italian language, tick the I accept the license terms box , click the Next button twice in a row and press the Install , OK , Finish and No buttons , to complete the setup .

At this point, start the program, double-clicking on the appropriate link that has just been added to the desktop, and start using VeraCrypt by pressing the Create a volume button , located at the bottom of the window displayed. Then select the option Create an encrypted container file , click on the Next button , choose the item Volume VeraCrypt standard and click again on the Next button .

Then press the Choose file button , select the folder on your computer in which to save the new volume you are creating and press the Next button . Now worry about selecting the encoding and confusion algorithm you prefer (if you want, you can also leave the options set by default selected, namely the AES encoding algorithm and the confusion algorithm SHA-512 ), then click on the Next button , indicate the maximum size you want your volume to have, selecting the unit of measurement you prefer and writing the amount of memory in the appropriate field, and press once more on the Next button .

Now, type the password you want to use to protect your volume in the dedicated fields, click on the Next button and indicate the file system to be used for the encrypted volume you are about to create, selecting one of the options available in the File system drop-down menu . I recommend NTFS if you have to use the volume only on Windows or exFAT if you have to use it on other operating systems, in any case you can deepen the topic and find out the differences between the various file systems by reading my post on how to create a partition ).

Finally, move the mouse cursor until the bar located at the bottom turns completely green and press the Format , OK and Exit buttons to complete the procedure.

Once you have created your encrypted volume, to access it, select one of the drive letters listed in the main VeraCrypt window, click on the Select file button located at the bottom right and select the encrypted archive you have just created. Then press the Mount button , enter the password previously set in the Password field and click the OK button .

After doing this, the drive icon created with VeraCrypt will be visible in the Windows File Explorer, in the This PC section (or Computer or My Computer , depending on the version of the Microsoft OS you are using). Then double click on it and you will be able to access and manage the files inside the volume.

When you no longer need to access the contents of the encrypted volume, remember to disassemble it, so as to make it inaccessible to other users: to do this, call the VeraCrypt window, select the chosen unit and click on the Dismount button , which is located down.

Private Folder

Private Folder

As an alternative to the program I have already told you about, you can try Private Folder : a software at no cost, through which you can block access to folders with a password and possibly make them invisible. It is quite intuitive but, unfortunately, its interface is not translated into Italian.

To download the software, go to its official website and click on the download button , located at the top. When the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position, start the .exe file contained inside it and press the Yes button in the window that appears on the desktop. 

Click, then, on the Net button , select the box relating to the acceptance of the terms of use of the program, press the Next button again , choose the Create desktop shortcut option  and click the Next button again . Then click on the Yes button , type the password you want to use to protect access to the software in the appropriate fields on the screen and press the OK button three consecutive times.

Once this is done, use the Private Folder by double clicking on the shortcut to the program just added to the desktop, typing the password set during setup and clicking on the Add Rule button , which is located on the right side of the software window.

In the further window that appears, select the folder to be protected, by clicking on the Browse button , check the box next to the Lock Folder item , also select the box next to the Unlock folder on-access with password option and type, in the fields located just below , the password you want to use to keep the folder open. If you also want to make the folder invisible to others’ eyes, check the Hide Folder box and confirm by pressing the OK button .

From this moment, when you want to open the folder you have chosen to protect with a password, you can do it by double-clicking on it, typing the keyword set and clicking the OK button .

Instead, if you had chosen to make the folder invisible or if you intend to unlock it, to do so, you must call up the main Private Folder window, click on its name in the list in the center and press the Unlock button , located on the right.

Protected Folder

Protected Folder

Another excellent tool to which you can appeal to put the password to a folder on Windows is Protect Folder : it is a IoBit home program (known software house that has developed various useful programs for the maintenance of PC and Mac), through the which you can protect your folders with passwords quickly and easily, so as to hide them from the eyes of others. It is paid (costs 21.99 euros), but you can try it for free for 20 days, without any limitation or obligation.

To download the program to your PC, go to its official website and click on the Free download button . When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on the Yes button in the window that you see appear on the screen. Next, press the Next , Accept , Next (two more times in succession) and Finish buttons to complete the setup.

Now that you see the Protected Folder window on the desktop, type in the fields below the item Create a password the password you want to use to preserve access to your folders, then click on the OK button . Then translate the software interface into Italian, by clicking on the gear icon located at the top right, then on the User Interface item  on the left and selecting the Italian option from the Current Language drop-down menu . Finally, confirm the changes made by pressing the Apply and OK buttons .

Now, you are finally ready to start exploiting the potential of the program. So, drag the folder you want to password protect on the Protected Folder window, or select it “manually”, by clicking first on the Add button .

Mission accomplished! From this moment, the folder you have chosen to protect will no longer be visible in Windows and you will no longer be able to access it, unless you start Protected Folder again, type the password previously set to protect the program, click the button OK  and double click on the folder of your interest, in the list located in the center of the window.

If you want, you can also change the reading and writing permissions of protected folders via the software: to do this, just select the link located next to the Status item , at the bottom, and adjust the settings that you find in the Block options section , in the further window that opens.

When and if you want, you can unlock the folders you have chosen to protect by simply selecting them from the list on the main screen of Protected Folder and pressing the Unblock button .

How to put password to Windows compressed folder

If Windows, you can password protect even a compressed folder , using those that are the most popular software for creating ZIP archives, RAR and other compressed archives. Now I’ll explain how.

7-Zip

7-Zip

If you want to put the password to a compressed folder on your PC, I suggest you rely on  7-Zip : a famous program for Windows systems intended for the creation of compressed archives in various formats (ZIP, 7-ZIP etc.), thanks to which you can set a password to protect the data contained in a specific folder.

To download 7-Zip to your computer, go to  the program’s website and click on the Download link located under the .exe 64-bit x64 or the .exe 32-bit x86 entry , depending on the version of the operating system installed on the your PC.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the Yes , Install and Close buttons , to complete the installation of 7-Zip.

At this point, locate the folder you want to password protect, right click on it and select the  7-Zip> Add to archive items from the menu that opens. In the window that you now see on the screen, select the 7z or zip format from the Archive format drop-down menu   (the other options available do not allow you to protect the folders with a password), type the password you want to use to protect the compressed folder in the fields Enter password and Re- enter password , select the AES-256 item from the Cryptographic method drop-down menu and check the Encrypt file names box. Finally, click on the OK button .

If you want, you can also choose to delete the “original” folder after compression: to do this, tick the option Delete files after compression before proceeding with the creation of the archive. Afterwards, a compressed archive will be created with the selected folder inside, which you can extract to access the files present in it only by double-clicking on it and typing the exact password.

WinRAR

WinRAR

To create a compressed folder with password, you can also use WinRAR , the famous program for managing archives in RAR format. It is distributed in the form of trialware: it can therefore be downloaded for free and at every start it shows a notice inviting you to purchase a license within 40 days. After this period of time, it continues to work, however, showing the purchase invitations more insistently and no longer allows you to take advantage of some advanced functions, such as the creation of RAR archives with AES-256-bit encryption.

To use it, download it to your PC, connecting to the relevant website and clicking on the Download button , located in the 64-bit WinRAR for Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008/7/8/10  or WinRAR for 32-bit Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008/7/8/10 , depending on the version of Windows you are using on your PC.

When the download is complete, start the .exe file you just obtained and, in the window that is shown on your desktop, click on the Yes , Install , OK and Close buttons to complete the setup.

At this point, right click on the folder you want to password protect and select the Add to an archive item from the menu that appears. In the window that you now see on the screen, click on the Set Keyword button and enter the password with which you want to protect the archive in the two appropriate fields.

Next, if you want to delete the original folder, check the box located next to the word Delete files after archiving . Then click on the OK button twice in a row and you’re done.

Having completed the above steps, a RAR archive will be created with the selected folder inside, which you can extract to access the files in it by double-clicking on it and typing, in the dedicated field, the password set previously.