Just wanted to know, is it possible to password protect any confidential folder without any third party software?
I am using Windows 7 x86 Professional Edition. But the folder i need to protect could be accessed in XP/Vista/7
There is no built-in feature for "password protection" in the usual sense. (Any suggestions to create a password-protected "compressed folder" should be ignored due to the incredibly weak "security" of ZIP 2.0 encryption.)
However, recent Windows versions (XP Pro, Vista Business/Enterprise/Ultimate, 7 Pro/Enterprise/Ultimate) support Encrypted File System (more commonly EFS). Right-click a file or folder, open Properties → Advanced, and enable Encrypt contents.
In EFS, files are encrypted using a certificate associated with your Windows user account, and your Windows password is used to protect the certificate. If another user is logged in, or if you lose your certificate, the file cannot be accessed. (Win 7 prompts you to make a backup of the certificate; in other versions, you can export it through
Create a folder, name it, then open it. Create a new text document, name it, then type the following or copy and paste it:
Then change the
If you can't see the extension of the folder, go to Organise wich will be in the left coner of the folder, then go to Folder and Search Options. Go to View and uncheck the Hide extension for known file types. Click Apply and you will see the extension.
Double click the
If you want to lock the folder type
Note: This is not the place to store confidential information, such as medical records, financial information or passwords. This is not the best place to hide things from an IT professional, but it should work against newbies or people with intermediate computer skills.