The PC users often look for ways to secure their personal data and protect their privacy, as like certain folders of password-protecting on their computer’s hard drive.
The Microsoft Windows XP and ME operating systems ship with a Zipped Folder Compressed/Folder or file feature, one of the main Windows workings that are installed by choice.
Thus, this feature allows the users to create a folder and then put a password on their folder to restrict any other person from viewing and editing of the files inside. If a user tries to open the file or folder, they will surely need a password for it.
Here in this blog, you will learn how to password protect your file or folder.
The materials you need:
- Windows Operating System (OS)
- Compression Tools such as Winzip or WinRar
- Firstly you need to decide the password to protect.
- Then select the files you want to be protected and put them inside the folder.
Note: Some of the folders may be put inside the folder so that they could be protected to short out various types of files.
- Right-click on the folder to protect it.
- Now you need to scroll down to the option Properties and tap on it.
- Then tap on the Sharing tab to check the box that says Make This Folder Private and hit the Apply button.
- You will now get to see a prompt and it must provide you a password.
- Then click on Yes button and enter the password and confirm it. After that, another prompt will appear and ask for a password hint, in case if the password is lost or you have forgotten it.
- Try not to use passwords that can easily be guessed like middle name, pet names or birthdates of you or your family members.
- Here, password-protecting a zip file is easier. Where there is zipped folder located, right-click with your mouse.
- Now select the New option and select the Zipped folder. You will also see a prompt for the name of the compressed (zipped) folder.
- And you need to name the zipped folder.
- Then you will select the folder or file to keep them protected and drag them towards your newly made compressed file.
- Keep your zipped file or folder protected by setting a password. And select the compressed file or folder to be protected.
- Double-click on the selected compressed file/folder then tap on the file or folder and Add a password. When prompt appears to enter the password two times if requires and then tap the OK button.
- From now you will always need a password to access your file and folder.