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Password Protect Folders

Password Protect FoldersОписание разработчика:

«Protect Folders — это программа, позволяющая защитить ваши документы с помощью пароля. Программа очень удобна и может легко использоваться как на рабочем, так и на вашем домашнем компьютере. Вы запускаете программу и нажимаете кнопку «Lock Folder», затем указываете папку, которую необходимо защитить, и выбираете пароль.»

Что нового в Password Protect Folders:

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Wise Folder Hider (Portable) 4.3.4.193

Программа, которая предоставляет возможность закрыть доступ к файлу/папке/USB-флешке (но не к внешнему жесткому диску)

Hide Folders 5.7.4.1191

Простая в использовании программа, позволяющая скрыть наиболее важные папки от посторонних глаз

WinGuard Pro 2016 10.0.3.2

Позволяет заблокировать доступ к программам, окнам, файлам, папкам, элементам управления или компьютеру в целом

DeviceLock 8.3.79599

Позволяет ограничивать доступ к USB портам, сменным носителям и любым другим устройствам в системах, работающих под управлением Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10/ Server 2003-2016

Free RAR Password Recovery 3.70.69

Free RAR Password Recovery — бесплатная программа для восстановления паролей к архивам

Wise Folder Hider (Portable) 4.3.4.193

Программа, которая предоставляет возможность закрыть доступ к файлу/папке/USB-флешке (но не к внешнему жесткому диску)

Free RAR Password Recovery 3.70.69

Free RAR Password Recovery — бесплатная программа для восстановления паролей к архивам

WinLock Standart/Pro 8.36

Приложение для ограничения времени работы Windows и доступности системы, а также для установки других ограничений (установка приложений, доступ к управлению ПК и т.п.)

DeviceLock 8.3.79599

Позволяет ограничивать доступ к USB портам, сменным носителям и любым другим устройствам в системах, работающих под управлением Windows NT/ 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10/ Server 2003-2016

Time Boss Standart/Pro 3.30.004

Приложение позволяет полностью контролировать доступ к компьютеру путем определения каждому пользователю временного графика работы и просмотра снимков экрана

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6 Ways To Password Protect a Folder in Windows

Password protecting your files and folders in Windows is the best way to ensure no one gains unauthorized access to them. Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t offer any reliable way to add password protection to files or folders. Don’t worry though, we know some handy ways to password protect Windows folders and files. In this post, we will show you four ways to password protect folders in Windows, each method is suitable for a specific need.

Password Protect Folders in Windows

1. Use Built-in Encryption

Windows comes with built-in encryption to protect a folder and its content from other users and content over the shared network. However, encryption is only available in the Professional or Enterprise edition of Windows 10. If you are using Standard or Home edition, you are out of luck.

Right-click on the folder you want to encrypt and select Properties from the context menu and select Advanced under the General tab. Now check the checkbox next to Encrypt contents to secure data and click on OK. Click on Confirm in the pop-up that follows and you are done. The folder should be encrypted now.

The folder color will turn green confirming that it has been encrypted. Now, only you can access this folder while you are logged in to your Windows user account. Other users will have to enter the password to access it. Unfortunately, if someone has access to your computer you are logged in, they will be able to access the folder. Not foolproof.

You can remove encryption following the same method after which, the folder will be visible and accessible to all Windows users.

2. Simple Password Managers

If you just need to protect your files and folders on Windows 10 computer from family members or colleagues and can live without encryption, simple password protection will work just fine for you. This software may not be able to protect your data from hackers and other bad actors, but for quick and easy folder protection, they are perfect.

Wise Folder Hider is a simple and free password manager that can protect your files with two different folders. Install and launch the program and you will be asked to create a password. You will use that to password protect folders on Windows 10. Alternatively, you can also try Easy File Locker.

Make sure to use a strong password that’s not obvious to ensure people don’t guess it. And in case you forget your password, contact the company with the PayPal transaction ID (only works if you are a premium user) and they will recover the password for you. There is no way to recover a password for free users since the software needs no sign-up.

Note: Unfortunately the free version of Wise Folder Hider is bloated with other less useful software like SpyHunter. So, make sure you carefully decline the install.

In the main interface, you can use the buttons above to hide files, folders and even USB drive content. Once hidden, you will have to click “Open” next to each item to make them accessible in Windows 10 File Explorer. As soon as you close the Wise Folder Hider window, the items will be hidden again.

Additionally, you can click on the upside-down arrow next to an item and select “Set password” to create a secondary password. Other users will have to provide the main password and the secondary password to open such files/folders.

Make sure you unhide all the files and folder before uninstalling the Wise Folder hider (or any folder hiding software) or all your files will be lost forever.

3. Password Protect Folder in Windows 10 with 7-Zip

7-Zip is a popular archiving tool that is used for extracting compressed files. Did you know that it can password protect your data with strong encryption as well? If you don’t need to access a folder and its content frequently, you can encrypt and compress it to make it impossible for others to access it without a password.

Once 7-Zip is installed, right-click on the folder and select Add to archive from the 7-Zip menu.

In the compression settings, enter the encryption password in the bottom right corner and then click on OK to encrypt the folder. This will create a new compressed folder in the same location that can only be extracted using the password you just created. You can now delete the unprotected folder to ensure no one accesses it. Ideally, you shouldn’t have to delete the original folder because then, someone could access it from the Recycle Bin or even recover it using some data recovery tool. That’s why I recommend deleting the original folder/file using CCleaner securely.

Unfortunately, you will have to extract the folder every time you need to access its content, and also delete the unprotected folder when you encrypt it again. That’s a tedious process but safe at the same time. You also have the ability to send or share the encrypted folder online using email or cloud storage securely.

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4. Password Protect Folders in Windows Using Encryption App

The best way to protect your data is to encrypt and protect it with a password, and for this purpose, you will need to get help from a third-party encryption software. There are many encryption software available, but most of them will encrypt the whole drive content. Encrypting and decrypting an entire drive can be time-consuming.

One way is to create a small dedicated drive with the intent to save all your sensitive data. For this purpose, VeraCrypt is a great software that will encrypt and password protect folders in Windows 10.

Once installed, VeraCrypt makes it a snap to create an encrypted volume where you can save your data. Click on the Create Volume button in the main interface and follow instructions provided by VeraCrypt to create an encrypted volume. You just need to press Next on most pop-ups and enter size of the drive and the password that you would like to use.

After creating the encrypted volume, click on the Select file button in the main interface and select the volume you just created. Now click on Mount and enter the password to mount the drive. You will be able to see the newly encrypted drive next to your regular drives. You can now simply move files and folders to this drive to encrypt it.

Note: The encrypted volume you created may not be accessible, but it can still be deleted. So this will not stop people from deleting the sensitive data.

5. Hide Files and Folders Two Different Ways

There are two ways to simply hide files and folders in Windows 10. There is no need to enter a password or anything. The first method is easy where you select the file or folder you want to hide, and select Hide selected items in the toolbar above.

When you want to view all hidden files and folders, just open the folder and select Hidden items to view everything. This method is not very safe and pretty much everyone who knows about it can use it.

That’s why there is another way. This one is more obscure and needs more work. Most people don’t know about it either. You will be hiding folders as a system folder to make it stay hidden even if someone selects the Hidden items option above. To do so, open Command Prompt with admin rights and type the below command.

Replace ‘user name here’ with your computer’s username and ‘top secret’ with the folder you want to hide as a system folder. To unhide files and folders, repeat the same command but this time with the minus sign.

That’s it. Again, this is not very secure but a fast and simple way to hide stuff if you don’t want everyone finding it out. It depends on the age of the person and how computer savvy he/she is before you use this method.

6. BitLocker Drive Encryption

The best way to secure and password-protect files and folders on Windows 10 computers is by using BitLocker. That requires Windows Pro or Enterprise edition and a TPM chip on your computer. The steps are a little complicated and long but it is the highest level of security you can get on a Windows computer. It will encrypt everything on that drive using AES 256-bit encryption. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use BitLocker to encrypt and protect files and folders on Windows 10.

Wrapping Up: Password Protect Folders on Windows 10

Using software like Wise Folder Hider is definitely the easiest way to password protect a folder in Windows 10. However, if you have sensitive data and want something more secure, you should encrypt it using 7-Zip or VeraCrypt. Do you know of any other ways to password protect Windows 10 folders? Let us know in the comments below.

Программы для Windows

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  • Protected Folder защита папок и файлов.

    Protected Folder – удобный, не особо многофункциональный, но зато простой в использовании программный продукт. Его задача – предоставить пользователю функционал для обеспечения безопасности любого имеющегося контента на ПК – то есть, папок, файлов. Преимущество Protected Folder в том, что программа позволяет не только устанавливать пароли, чем ограничивается функционал многих других продуктов. Также вы можете запретить чтение контента, его перезаписывание. В целом, программа для установки пароля на программы – идеальное решение для персональных компьютеров, за которым работает не один, а несколько пользователей.

    Первым делом, после запуска Protected Folder, сразу же появляется окно, где нам предлагают указать и настроить пароли. Только после этого вы можете увидеть окно со всем интерфейсом, функциями, настройками и так далее.

    Удобнее всего импортировать нужные папки или конкретные документы с помощью мышки – их нужно поместить в указанное окно, после они самостоятельно загрузятся. Либо можно использовать файловый браузер для решения данной задачи. Если необходимо импортировать и защитить большое количество материалов, пользуйте функцией пакетной обработки, скорость которой приятно удивляет. Как только вы добавляете новый файл, моментально происходит его блокировка.

    Настройки примечательны тем, что необязательно устанавливать полный запрет на тот или иной файл. Можно его просто скрыть, запретить перезаписывать, запретить чтение. Либо установить все ограничения разом. Даже если вы забудете пароль на файл, наверняка его удастся восстановить, поскольку можно создать подсказку, которая напомнит вам пароль.

    В целом, настроек не так много. Ключевой момент – это создание списка исключений. Если в пакетной обработке некоторые материалы «трогать» не нужно, просто добавьте его в исключения. Менее значимые настройки – изменение эффектов (просто визуальная составляющая), настройка языка интерфейса.

    Программа совершенно не требовательна, поэтому «забирает» минимум системных ресурсов. Так что, Protected Folder скачать можно даже на компьютеры с сомнительной мощностью. Если вы совсем новичок и не понимаете, как работать с ПО, откройте встроенную инструкцию – к ней прилагаются даже понятные изображения для более комфортного изучения программы. Кто-либо удалить программу для получения доступа к файлам не сможет, поскольку удаление требует введение пароля.

    Процесс активации Protected Folder:

    1. Перед установкой программы отключите Интернет и установите Protected Folder.
    2. Запустите, и воспользуйтесь одним из ключей лицензии для активации:
    73AF1-F2BA3-83666-488B9
    BCAC9-24513-E3C46-6E3B9
    815A0-595F7-0ABFD-733B9

    How do I password protect my files and folders in Windows?

    Because most versions of Windows do not include a method of password protecting your files and folders, this page provides steps for encrypting files and folders instead. To password protect your files and folders in Windows, you need to use a third-party program.

    Before password protecting any document, you may want to create a backup of the non-password protected files and folder in case you forget the password in the future.

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    Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 users

    Unfortunately, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 do not provide any features for password protecting files or folders. You need to use a third-party software program to accomplish this.

    If you want to encrypt a file or folder, this can be done by following these steps:

    1. Select the file or folder you want to encrypt.
    2. Right-click the file or folder and select Properties.
    3. On the General tab, click the Advanced button.
    4. Check the box for the «Encrypt contents to secure data» option, then click OK on both windows.

    If the «Encrypt contents to secure data» option is not selectable or available, you likely have a Home edition of Windows, which does not support this feature. It is also possible that the hard drive where the files are located is not formatted as NTFS, which is a requirement.

    Microsoft Windows XP Professional users

    The steps below for encrypting the files on Windows XP Professional apply to users who are using a computer that has two or more accounts. If you are using a single account, see the other security solutions section.

    1. Select the file or folder you want to encrypt.
    2. Right-click the file or folder and click Properties.
    3. On the General tab, click the Advanced button.
    4. Check «Encrypt contents to secure data» option.
    5. Click Apply and then OK.

    You won’t be prompted to enter a password when encrypting a folder in Windows XP Professional. However, other user accounts on your computer will not have access to files contained in the encrypted folder.

    Encrypt contents to secure data is grayed out

    If you are using the Home edition of Microsoft Windows XP, see the Windows XP Home steps.

    Show «Encrypt» on the context menu

    The newest version of TweakUI also enables you to show the Encrypt option in the context menu. To do this, follow the steps below.

    1. Open TweakUI.
    2. In the TweakUI window, select Explorer.
    3. In the right side of the window under Settings, locate Show ‘Encrypt’ on the 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.
    • I’m missing «Show ‘Encrypt’ on the context menu» in TweakUI.

    Microsoft Windows XP Home users

    1. Select the file or folder you want to encrypt.
    2. Right-click the file or folder and click Properties.
    3. Click the Sharing tab.
    4. Check the box Make this folder private.
    5. Click Apply and then OK.

    Make this folder private is grayed out

    For this option to work on Microsoft Windows XP Home edition, you must meet the below requirements.

    1. The hard drive must be formatted in NTFS and not FAT32 File System.
    2. The folder you are attempting to encrypt is your personal folder. For example, if your name is Bob, you must encrypt the following folder, or a folder within it:

    C:Documents and SettingsBob

    You cannot encrypt any folders outside of this folder. If you want to encrypt folders outside of this folder, see the other security solutions section below.

    Other security solutions for protecting your files and folders in Windows

    File and folders not frequently used — An easy way to password protect files is to create an archive of the files using a compression tool. When the archive is created, you can encrypt the contents by specifying a password.

    Windows ME and Windows XP users — Windows ME and Windows XP comes with a compression utility. This utility can also be used to compress and password protect files.

    Windows Vista and Windows 7 users — Windows Vista and Windows 7 also include a compression utility. However, password protection for the compressed files is not possible without the use of a third-party software program.

    When a file is compressed, users can still view a listing of the files in the compressed file. If you want both your file names and the contents to be hidden, move all the files into a single folder and password protect that folder.

    File and folders frequently used or accessed

    If you need to password protect or encrypt data you frequently use, you need to install a third-party program that allows you to protect your files and folders. Below are some free and commercial solutions.

    • 7-Zip — A free file and folder zipping utility, which also includes the ability to password protect zipped files and folders.
    • AxCrypt — An excellent free encryption utility that enables users to encrypt all files within a folder and not allow those files to be viewed unless a passphrase (password) is known.
    • Folder Guard — A commercial version of a password protection software that enables you to password protect files, folders, and other Windows resources.
    • Protected Folder — For a small fee, it’s an excellent software program that enables you to password protect folders.

    Digital Citizen

    It would be great to see Microsoft release a Windows version which allows users to password-protect specific folders that contain sensitive data. However, until that happens, if you want to protect your folders, you must use software created by other companies. Although there are many such apps, most of them are not friendly to use, and some are dodgy. We did some research and tested more than 20 programs that specialize in protecting folders, including security suites that include such protection tools. If you want to protect your folders using a password, read this article and see which are the best tools for the job:

    1. LocK-A-FoLdeR (Free)

    LocK-A-FoLdeR is the perfect solution for absolute beginners. It uses a single master password, it has a minimal user interface, and it does not offer any settings that you can fiddle with.

    Once you have selected the folders that you want to protect, all you have to do next is close the application. Instead of using encryption, this program hides the folders from any user who might try to access them. To restore access to your protected folders you have to reopen the program and use the unlock button. A good thing about LocK-A-FoLdeR is the fact that, to keep your folders private, it does not require any services to run. It is both easy to use and free.

    2. Folder Guard (Commercial)

    Folder Guard is one of the best programs we have tested. It has many features, and all of them work well. You can protect files and folders using individual passwords, or you can choose to lock and hide them. The interface looks good; it is well structured and easy to use. You can drag and drop the folders that you want to protect, or you can use the tree view to select them. A nice feature is that it allows you to create filters for different kinds of files so that they are automatically protected. Also, you can choose to selectively assign access permissions for the user accounts that are registered on your Windows computer.

    This program has a trial version that works for 30 days. The full version costs about $40 and gives you the option to upgrade to any new version during the first year of use. Also, it can be used on 2 computers. After the first year, if you want to upgrade to newer versions, you have to pay for a new license.

    3. Folder Protector (Free & Commercial)

    This program uses encryption to protect your folders. All you have to do is launch it, select the folder you want to lock, choose a password and press Protect. The folder is encrypted, and the only thing that is left inside it is a small executable that you can use to unlock it. You can also use the program itself to unlock the folders that you protected.

    This program works for free with few limitations. You can set it to use 256-bit encryption only if you purchase the Pro version which costs $24.95.

    4. Folder Lock Lite (Commercial)

    Folder Lock Lite is a well-structured program that lets you protect your folders, files, and even entire drives. When you run this program for the first time, it asks you to enter a master password. This password is used for every folder and file you choose to lock. Then, you can drag and drop the items you want to be protected, to the user interface. All the folders you chose to protect are immediately locked, and they are also hidden. Nobody can get access to them unless they know the master password that you have set.

    The trial version allows you to use this program for 30 days. If you want to continue using it after that, you have to buy it for approximately $25.

    5. Protected Folder (Commercial)

    This program is easy to use and has a nice and clean user interface. It uses a single master password for all the folders that you choose to protect. To add the folders that you want to be protected, use the Add button and then select them. You can also drag and drop those folders onto the app’s user interface.

    Protected Folder offers several customization options, including how you want it to deny access to your protected folders for the users that do not have the master password. Another thing worth mentioning is that you cannot uninstall this program without first providing the master password. After it is uninstalled, all your locked folders are automatically unlocked, thus eliminating the risk of losing your data.

    You can start and use this program for free, 20 times without any limitations. After that, if you want to keep using it, you have to pay about $20 per year.

    6. Bitdefender Total Security (Commercial)

    Bitdefender is one of the most renowned antivirus companies in the world. Their most feature-rich security product is called Bitdefender Total Security , and one of the things it gives besides antimalware and firewall protection is a tool for encrypting your folders and files.

    Bitdefender Total Security includes Bitdefender File Vault, a tool that lets you create private vaults on your Windows computer. The vaults are safe places where you can keep sensitive files and folders away from prying eyes. They are all encrypted and can be accessed only by entering the password you have set. Once you have created a vault, all you have to do to add folders or files to it is right-click on them, select the Bitdefender submenu and choose the action you want from the Bitdefender File Vault list of options.

    The Bitdefender File Vault is one of the best folder protection tools that we have used, but unfortunately, you can use it only if you buy a subscription to Bitdefender Total Security.

    7. ESET Smart Security Premium (Commercial)

    ESET Smart Security Premium is the top security product developed by ESET. ESET Smart Security Premium is a robust security suite with many features, which also includes a tool for protecting your files and folders. It is called Secure Data, and it lets you create encrypted virtual drives that can only be unlocked by supplying the passwords you have set for them.

    There is no limit to how many encrypted drives you can create on a Windows computer. The only real limit is the storage space you have on your Windows computer.

    Just like other premium security suites, ESET Smart Security can be used only on a subscription basis, which includes the Secure Data tool.

    8. Kaspersky Total Security (Commercial)

    Although 2018 has not been a good year for the Kaspersky company, their products are still some of the best in the market. Their premium security solution for Windows computers is called Kaspersky Total Security and, if you buy it, you get access to an excellent tool called Data Encryption, which can encrypt and password-protect your folders.

    Similarly to how most antivirus companies choose to build this feature, Kaspersky’s Data Encryption tool works by letting you create a data vault in which you can then place the files and folders that you want to protect. Once you have done that, the data inside the vault can no longer be accessed by anyone who does not know your password.

    If you want to be able to use the Data Encryption tool from Kaspersky, you must buy a subscription for Kaspersky Total Security.

    What we learned during our testing — Must read!

    One of the things we have learned during our testing is that you should not install more than one program of this type. We have encountered issues with programs blocking each other out and not being able to access the folders protected by one program after installing another one. Another issue we have discovered is that most apps of this type, do not unlock the folders they were protecting when you uninstall them. Therefore you might lose access to your data. The apps we have recommended in this roundup handle the uninstallation process well and do not leave you with blocked and hidden folders.

    Also, if you want your folders and files to be as safe as possible, our opinion is that the encryption tools bundled by the security suites we mentioned above, are the best choice you could make. Finally, if you know other useful apps for protecting your folders with passwords, do not hesitate to share them in the comments section below.

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