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How to Make a Password Protected Folder and Keep Files Safe

Do you have important documents, files or pictures on your computer that you want no one else to get a hold of or mess around with? Well we are going to show you a few ways you can store these safely on your computer without much trouble, by creating a password folder that only you have access to!

Now the steps for these vary from operating system to operating system, so we’ve come up with different guides for each one to make sure everyone can do it, just scroll down below and find whichever one is right for you.

How to make a password protected folder in Windows XP

For those of you using Windows XP, you probably have the easiest method of all and have to download absolutely nothing. This is a simple 3 step process:

  • Creating a Compressed Folder. Go to your desktop or wherever you’d like your folder to be. Right-click, select New, then click on “Compressed Folder”. This will make a new .zip file that you can add files to, just like any other folder.
  • Adding a password. Open up the .zip file, click File, then “Add a Password”. You will need this password every time you try to use the .zip file (So don’t forget it!!)
  • Deleting the original files. Once you have moved everything over to the .zip folder, delete whatever you have put in there, as you now have new copies saved onto that folder. This way only you have access to the files in your zipped folder.

How to make a password protected folder in Windows Vista/7/8

For those who have windows vista like me, or one of the newer Windows OS, the method requires downloading compression software. Don’t worry, these are free and you don’t have to pay a cent! Some popular options are 7-Zip or WinRAR, I prefer WinRAR as the trial version never runs out and is free forever. So here is how you can protect folders with a password:

  • Creating the Compressed Folder. Select any normal folder that you want to password protect. Right-click, and you will find “Add to archive…” in the menu. This opens whatever compression software you are using.
  • Adding a password. Once the dialog box appears, you can change the name of the archive at the top. On the bottom right you will find a button that says “Set Password”, click on that, type in your password, click OK and accept.
  • Deleting the original files. Once you have moved everything over to the .zip folder, delete whatever you have put in there, as you now have new copies saved onto that folder. This way only you have access to the files in your zipped folder.

How to make a password protected folder in MAC OS X

People with Mac always tend to have it just slightly more complicated than Windows users’ lol. Nevertheless here’s an easy method on how to password protect a folder, which requires creating a sparse image:

  • Opening the Disk Utility tool. Go to your Applications folder, then Utility, and click on Disk Utility. After that click on File, then select New and pick “Blank Disk Image” from the menu. From there go to the Image Format menu and choose “Sparse Disk Image”.
  • Choosing a size. There will be a list that appears with some presets, or you can put your own by clicking on Custom. I would recommend choosing a size that’s larger than the size of all the files you are adding, this way you can add more later on if you need to. Afterwards click on 128-bit encryption, unless you really feel like you need 256-bit which will take much longer.
  • Adding a password. Name your image and click “Create”. You will have to enter a password and confirm it, but be sure to uncheck the Remember Password box so you have to enter it every time you want to access your files.
  • Adding your files to the image. With your image now created, you can now add files and folders to it once it’s mounted , then drag it to the trash when you are done to unmount it. When you want to check them out again, open the image file, enter your password and voila!

So there you have it folks! These are some simple ways on how to make a password protected folder and keep everything safe and sound. Hopefully it helps you out and keeps unwanted visitors out. Just don’t forget your password for encrypted files, and have a good day!

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