The biggest problem which most of you must have faced in the Windows is that there is no inbuilt options available to secure your private files and folders. Although there is a option available to hide any file and folder, but hiding anything doesn’t ensures the security as anyone can unhide all the files and folders and access all your private content.
So if you have and private and confidential stuff on your system and you want to guard them with a password so that no one else can access them, then you can use a simple tool named Password Folder. As the name suggests, this tool protects all your confidential files and folders with a desired password so that they can’t be seen, read or modify by anyone else without knowing the password. This new beta version from IOBit is absolutely free for non commercial use.
This is the main window of this tool. When you run this tool for the first time, you will be required to choose any desired password and then confirm the password in the second box. Click on Ok after typing password in both the boxes. This will set your password for the future usage. You can even change this password anytime but password can only be changed if you remember the older password.
Now you will be instantly directed to the above window. Here to password protect any file or folder, simply click on Add button from the main screen itself and then browse to the location where your file or folder exists.
Now from the left side, select all the files and folders which you want to protect. Hold Ctrl key for multiple selection. Once you done adding all the folders and files, click on Add button on centre and then those items with be shown on right side. Once you successfully added all the items, click on Lock buttom from te bottom to password protect them.
These files will then get added in your main window of the tool and if you are using the default settings of the tool, then you will find the all your added items will get hidden from their respective locations even if you have enable visibility option for hidden files and folders in Windows. So click on Lock and Exit to exit the tool.
But if you don’t want to hide the file so that you can remember it and just want to block its access for others, then click on Status: Hide, Deny Read, Deny Write which is in green colour from the main window. The from the settings, turn off the hide option and then click on Apply. After changing the settings exit the tool and then try to open any of the locked files or folders.
Whenever anyone then try to open the protected items, he/she will get the following error message. So no one can read or modify your protected items without unlocking it by using this tool.
This tool is so much powerful as compared to other tool available over web that it even doesn’t allows to delete the protected item. Whenever anyone try to delete the protected stuff, he will get the following error.
To unlock the protected items, simply click the desired ones and then press Unlock key from bottom. Your all the unlocked item will become public instantly and then anyone can read, modify or delete them.
Finally if you want to change the password, click on status and the click on Change Password. Enter your current password and then type the desired new password in the new two boxes and click on Ok to change the password.
The only feature which I personally feel that is missing in the tool is the option to recover the password even anyone forget the password. In that case you will loss your all confidential stuff. So be sure that you save that password which you don’t forget.
The size of Password Folder is 1.79 Mb and as usual it will create a desktop shortcut which can be used to access it. This tool is compatible with all the versions of Windows and has been tested successfully on Windows 7 ultimate-32 bit edition.