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There are several ways of password protecting a file/folder on Windows, but all those methods encrypt the file, so a large amount of time is spent encrypting (like password protecting in WinRAR).

Is there a way to password protect a folder without encrypting it?

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It's depend if want kind of person you don't want to see the files, computer expert or not? – Nam Phung Jul 15 '12 at 16:07
    
Without encrypting the filers, there is no way to stop people from bypassing the password. – SLaks Jul 15 '12 at 16:11
    
Non-encrypted passwords will only keep out stupid people, smart people will easily break into your files just by reading the password file since the password is stored in plain text. It's better to encrypt. – DrinkJavaCodeJava Jul 15 '12 at 16:13
    
Don't trust someone else's stupidness. They can be surprisingly smart if they really want your data. No encryption, no security. – user39559 Aug 9 '12 at 22:07

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