How to Password Protect A Folder

Got some private files you don’t want other people to see? Or maybe the important documents that you want to archive on your system. Here are few different ways to protect a folder with your files using a password, and when you ought to use each.

Editor’s Note: People used to search how to password protect a folder, and the Internet is filled with hundreds of similar posts that share the same idea without using any other software or tool. However, that trick, while mildly intelligent, did not protect anything.

How to Password Protect A Folder {4 Easy Methods}

Initially, people were hiding the folder behind a password, but users could still access it afterward. So, we’ve taken the liberty to write an original post on how to password protect folders. So, let’s get started.

Method 1: Using a Single Checkbox

If you just want to cover up a couple of folders here and there from viewing by any outsider, Windows offers an option to do so. Now, this isn’t the best protection against snoopers because anyone can show or hide folders with simple some settings tweak but it gets the job done.

So, it is better to use some brains along with this trick.

This trick, however, is useful for the folders that I don’t want to see. You can add the unwanted files in a folder and hide it using the settings. Comes handy whenever a game creates it saved files in your Documents Library.

So, if you want to try out this method, just open Windows File Explorer and find the folder or file that you want to hide. Now, right-click on the folder/file and select “Properties” Tick on the “Hidden” checkbox and Click OK to apply the change. The folder or file would hide automatically from the view.

However, if you ever want to access the file/folder later, you can see the hidden files by clicking the View Menu in the File Explorer and navigating to the “Hidden Items” box. Just show the Hidden Files, and all the unnecessary files, folders including the one that you hid will be displayed.

Remember: The trick doesn’t secure any data at all, but it is pretty useful if you want to hide any unnecessary data or folder.


Method 2: Converting the Folder into a Hidden System with the (CMD) Command Prompt.

Like I already told you that the first trick is very easy and even a kid with some little knowledge of PC would be able to access your hidden folders. So, there’s another working method that’ll let you protect the folder with some little extra obscurity. Now, this is a little security as the snober needs to have a bit more exposure to the CMD tweaking.

Launch the Command Prompt by searching it on your system, or you can use the shortcut by Ctrl+R and type ‘cmd.’ After that, you’ll need to enter the similar command. Just make sure that you change the folder location as per your laptop or PC.

attrib +s +h “C:\Users\demo\Desktop\Top Secret”

Once you’re done typing, hit Enter and Voila! Your folder would be hidden from its location, and you can’t view it even after the Show Hidden Files Checkbox is enabled.

You can verify it by listing all the files and folders on the Desktop using the Command Prompt.


Method 3: Encrypt a File or Folder Without Extra Software

The most genuine and working trick is to enable Encryption on your file or folder. Encrypting your data into an incomprehensible mess unless you have the password is a pretty old trick and works every time. Microsoft Windows comes with a built-in way to encrypt files and ties the password with your user account, and you can only view the data if you’re logged in using the right account.

This is also simple if you’ve explored some options on your system. Open the Windows Explorer> Navigate to the file or folder that you want to Encrypt. Right Click on it and select the Properties> Go to Advanced, and enable the Encrypt Contents to Secure Data check box. This will enable the default Encryption settings on the folder.

The only catch is that this trick links your User Account to the Encryption of the folder. And by any chance, if anyone else has access to your credentials, then he’ll be able to open it as well. So, make sure that you lock the computer or log off every time.


Method 4: Create a Password-Protected Folder with VeraCrypt

Last but not the least, here’s the final method which lets you enable the most bulletproof protection for your folders, try creating a password-protected folder with VeraCrypt. It is a dedicated tool that allows you to protect various files and folders on your disk using a user-generated password. Moreover, VeraCrypt isn’t the only contender in the market. If you need to password-protect or encrypt a folder on the frequent basis, then you need to install a third-party software that can do it for you.

After some few searches and a little digging, here are some of the best programs that’ll allow you to password protect a folder.

1. 7-Zip – A free file and folder zipping tool that also offers some extra features like the ability to password protect zipped files and folders.

2. Folder Guard – It is a premium password protection software, and the commercial version enables you to password protect files, folders, Windows files, etc.

3. Protected Folder– For a small amount, it’s an excellent software that allows you to password protect folders directly.

4. AxCrypt – One more free encryption program that enables users to protect all files and folders and no other person can access the content of the folder until the password is entered.


Do keep in mind that all of these software programs except the 7-Zip, require you to enter the Password before uninstalling it from the Computer. So, you’ll get an extra layer of security if someone gets more nosy into your data.

Do share your thoughts and let me know if you’ve successfully used the methods as mentioned above for protecting your folders and important files.