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How to Password Protect a Folder, Step by Step Guide

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If you want to make sure you’re the only one who has access to certain folders on your computer, there’s an easy way to accomplish that. You can simply password protect them and they’ll be safe for only you to use. Depending on the computer you own, the steps to password protecting your folders differ. Today, we’re going to provide you with a step by step guide on how to password protect a folder on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.

How to Password Protect a Folder

Microsoft Windows

1. Download and Install Compression Software

Since Windows doesn’t normally offer a tool with which you can password protect your folders, you’re going to have to download your own software, such as 7-Zip. After you’ve selected the software version that best suits your needs, download it, making sure to select the folder where you want it to download. Then, click “Install” and wait for a couple of minutes at most. Now you’re ready to launch the program.

2. Open the Folder You Want to Password Protect in 7-Zip

The main interface of the program will help you find the folder you want to protect. Once you’ve found it, highlight it and then click the big “+” sign you can find in the upper-left corner. It’s electric green, so it’s hard to miss. If you don’t want to go through all of these steps, you can also drag and drop the folder you want to password protect in the interface of the program.

3. Set Your Password

Once you’ve selected the folder, there will be a pop-up window for you to take care of next. There are several presets in it. Still, you only have to concern yourself with selecting zip under “Archive format”. Then, enter the desired password twice and click “OK”.

4. Delete the Original Folder

Now that you have a compressed and password protected version of your folder, there’s no reason for you to keep the original one.

Mac OS

1. Open Disk Utility and Create a Disk Image

You can find the Disk Utility app in your Applications folder. Launch it, then click “File”, “New”, and “Disk Image from Folder”. This will provide you with a list of folders. Select the one you want to protect, highlight it, and click the “Image” button. You can find it in the bottom-right corner. You can also search for the folder directly in the Disk Utility search bar and then click “Image”.

2. Adjust Settings

The window that will open next allows you to name your files. Then, you have to select “read/write” under “Image Format” and “128-bit AES encryption” under “Encryption”. After choosing the desired location, click “Save”.

3. Set Your Password

The steps above will open a pop-up window where you can enter the password twice. Remember to also uncheck the “Remember password in my keychain” option and click “OK”.

4. Delete the Original Folder

As in the case of Microsoft Windows folder, you’re going to have to delete the original folder in order to make sure no one can access it. You already have the encrypted version that contains everything the original folder does.

Follow the steps above on how to password protect a folder and you’ll be the only one with access to your files.

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Author: Amanda Knowles