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Password Protect & Hide Folders In Windows 10

Whether you're using your PC each and every day for an array of tasks, or simply logging on every now and then, you will have personal files saved on the hard disk to some degree. This also means that anyone with physical or even remote access, can compromise your files and depending on their nature, use them against your wishes. In this tutorial, I will show you how to password-protect and hide your folders In Windows 10.

Of course, this also applies to previous versions from Windows XP onward but for the purpose of this tutorial, I will be referencing Windows 10. It's all well and good to protect your files with a password, hence prevent unauthorized access, but there's nothing stopping someone from trying to guess or bruteforce the password In question.

As a result, I will be demonstrating not only how to password-protect folders, but also completely hide them from being viewed. To do this, I will be using a neat little tool named SecretFolder, that's free of charge and can be downloaded via the developer's website.

Essentially, you simply add your files to the folder that you wish to password-protect and the tool will do just that, as well as hide It In It's entirety. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded the tool, execute It, accept the license agreement and hit Next.

Step Two:

Next, you'll be prompted to enter a password and a recovery email address. Do exactly that and click OK.

Step Three:

The Installation process will now begin, and complete extremely quick. Once It's finalized, the tool will automatically execute as shown below.

Step Four:

It's now time to grab all your sensitive files, and place them In the folder that you wish to protect. Then, click on the Add button.

Step Five:

Then navigate to the directory of where your folder Is stored. In my case, I will be protecting my folder named Windows 10 Tips. Hit OK when done.

Step Six:

The tool will now Instantly lock the folder, as arrowed below. Whilst you're In your directory, have a search for your folder. Because the tool has hidden It, you will not find It, nor will anyone else.

Step Seven:

To make your folder accessible again, simply select It and hit the Unlock button.

Step Eight:

But what happens If a user attempts to uninstall SecretFolder and access your folder? Let's test It out, via the Uninstall a program setting In Control Panel. I've selected SecretFolder, and then hit Yes.

Last Step:

As you can see, It prompted for a password and without It, SecretFolder cannot be uninstalled.

Final Thoughts:

I'd say It's very safe to assume, that you're Impressed with SecretFolder's capacity to secure your folders In a very effective manner. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the best thing about this tool, Is not only password-protecting folders, but hiding them as well. Users will have no clue that they exist to begin with. And that's what makes this particular tool so effective.


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