How to password protect a folder on a computer?

Hashing a folder in Windows 7, 8 or 10 is not at all as easy as it might seem - after all, it's such an obvious feature.

Setting up a password on a folder for multiple Windows users

  1. Go to Windows Explorer and search for the folder of interest.
  2. Right-click on the selected folder that you want to hack and select Properties.
  3. Under the General tab, click on Advanced.
  4. Click "Encrypt content to secure data" and then confirm by OK.
  5. At this point, we have set up a password for the folder, and if someone from another Windows account logs on to the computer, then every time we try to open the folder, Windows will require the login and password of the Windows user who set up the password for the folder. This is not ideal if other people are using our Windows account.

What programs to set up a password in Windows are useful?

Unfortunately, Windows does not offer a good way to hash a file or folder. For this you need to use some external application. Good programs for putting a password on a folder are, for example:

  • AxCrypt - allows password encryption of files and folders
  • Protected Folder - allows you to hash a folder on Windows
  • 7-Zip - archive any folder with it and save it in a compressed version such as .zip, which allows you to set a password.

By Viktor Greenwood

I have been interested in IT since 2005, and I have been working in IT since 2010. I like to solve problems, and in my free time I like to run in the wilderness.


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