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We all have some secrets or sensitive information that we wouldn’t risk leaking. If you share your computer with others, say, family members or friends, you might need to keep some of your folders and files confidential. There are several ways to do this. In this article, we will find out some of the ways you can password protect your folder.

                Password protecting folders on windows

The most common way to encrypt your folder is by use of the windows inbuilt folder encryption feature. To access this feature, follow the following simple steps:

  1. Open windows explorer and select the folder you want to password-protect.
  2. Right-click on and select “properties.”
  3. Click on the “advanced” button.
  4. on the menu, check the box labeled “Encrypt content to secure data.”
  5. Click apply and then click ok.

Using password protection software

There are some third-party password protection tools that will offer more security than the windows inbuilt security feature. They are highly recommended for sensitive data.

Folder lock ( is one of the best third-party protection software for windows. This software uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit keys to keep your data safe. Folder Lock makes it easier to put a password on a folder and encrypt folders and files at blazing speeds.

Another feature that comes with folder lock is the creation of “lockers .”A locker is a secured folder on the device that houses specified content. You can assign a specified password and configure enough disk space for each locker.

Password protecting folders on macOS.

A macOS has an inbuilt utility known as Disk utility. Disk utility allows you to encrypt your folders by following the following simple steps:

  1. Open the applications folder and then open the Utility folder.
  2. Open disc utility and select “file” from the menu bar.
  3. Select “new image.”
  4. In the resulting menu bar, select “image from folder.”
  5. Select the folder you want to protect.
  6. Choose your encryption level: 128-bit AES or 256-bit AES.
  7. Key in and verify the password.
  8. Select “read/write” from the menu under image format.
  9. Click Save.


make sure not to forget your password, as Windows does not have a password-protection recovery feature. Also, make sure to backup all your data.

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