How to password protect folders and files in Windows 10

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Hello! How are you? Privacy is a vital issue for the user of any electronic device. This applies to mobile phones, tablets, and computers. Indeed, our files and folders contain valuable information for us or our company. Additionally, it is likely that third parties may seek to access them for profit. So now let’s see how to password protect folders and files in Windows 10

Prerequisites

To protect the privacy of a folder, the following items are required:

  • A computer with Windows 10
  • The folder you want to protect
  • Specialized software called EncryptOnClick

How to use EncryptOnClick to password protect folders in Windows 10.

For this example, we chose EncryptOnClick as it is a free program that offers some interesting features:

  • Files can be compressed which reduces file size
  • We can encrypt individual files or encrypt entire folders
  • It is possible to assign a password to improve security
  • We can use a USB key.

Once the tool has been downloaded and installed, we will see the following screen. You can encrypt a folder or a file.

Select the folder to encrypt

Then select the folder to protect.

Select the folder to encrypt
Select the folder to encrypt

Then assign the password and manage some additional parameters. Finally, press OK to start the process.

Assign the password to the folder.
Assign the password to the folder.

When you enter the encrypted folder, the files are displayed in zip format.

The files inside the folder in zip format
The files inside the folder in zip format

When you try to open a file, you will immediately be asked to enter your password.

Enter the password to access the files

Conclusion

Finally, we have seen how to password protect folders and files in Windows 10. This is especially useful on shared or public computers. Similarly, entering passwords ensures access only if you know the assigned key. All right, that’s it for now. Before I say goodbye I invite you to see our post about changing the default font in Windows 10. Bye-bye.

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