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Is there a way to password protect folders in windows 7? I don't want to put these files in the cloud.

asked Jan 12 '13 at 13:01

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answered Jan 12 '13 at 13:05

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I'm sorry, but that method is a joke... don't use it...

(Jan 12 '13 at 14:46) trueb trueb's gravatar image

It has worked for me so I dont see why it is

(Jan 12 '13 at 14:58) Kal Kal's gravatar image

The idea of a password protected folder is for security, this offers no security. it renames the folder to a name that is a nown system name, by enabling system files to be visible in the folder properties you will see the folder and be able to go to it.

Next the password is stored in the .bat file and is viable with plain text.

using truecrypt is a much better solution as it actually encrypts the contents making it secure.

This method might work for a kid to hide his photos he does not want his parents to see, but it is not secure.

this method is using the security by obscurity, which is in general in the security field, not a valid means of security.

(Jan 12 '13 at 15:29) trueb trueb's gravatar image

use trucrypt and use it to create a container encryption. it is like an encrypted zip file that will mount as a hard drive when you decrypt it.

answered Jan 12 '13 at 14:48

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Take a look at lockbox. You chose a location and it will make a password protected folder. You can make the folder hidden through Windows for a little extra protection from certain eyes. It does have to run as a process in the background but you won't notice it. I believe the paid version allows for multiple file locations.

answered Jan 13 '13 at 16:44

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