Security: How to password protect a folder in Windows 8

Security is important. In this tutorial for Windows 8 we are going to add a password to one of our folders.

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This tutorial has a lot of images and explains all steps that are required to add passwords to folders using a tool called Secure Folder

Put Password on Windows 8 Folders

1. First of all download a freeware to secure folder in Windows 8. You can download Secure Folder from here. Save it to somewhere. Here i am saving it to my desktop.

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2. Double click on it and the installation starts.

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3. Next, check ‘I accept the agreement’ and click on the Next button.

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4. Then, click Next.

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5. Select folder and click Next. If you want to keep default then click on next without choosing folder.

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6. Click Next.

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7. Next, click on the Install button.

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8. Finally click on the Finish button.

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9. You may have to enable Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1. Click on the Accept Changes.

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10. You might turn windows features on or off. Click on the ‘Connect to Windows Update’.

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11. Now the application starts. You will be prompted with a password to set. Click on the OK button.

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App Starts

12. Now the application starts. First you have to set password. Next time you will have to login with the same password you have just here.

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13. Click on the Add button to add folders to protect.

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Select Folder To Protect

14. Next, Select the folder to protect (lock) and click OK.

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15. Select the mode you want to use on the folder and click on the Secure button.

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16. Finally the folder is locked. That are the complete steps to password protect a folder in Windows 8.

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Conclusion & Encrypting With AES Instead Of Password Protection

Note: Passwords can be easily cracked and the protection discussed in this article is not ‘safe’.

It is always wise to password protect a confidential folder so that others cant access it in your absence, but if you need more sophisticated protection you should consider AES encryption and use a mounting software.

One particular backup tool called Macrium Reflect can create a disk image of a folder or entire hard drive and encrypt it using AES. Images can then be mounted. Give it a try if you’re in need of more security.

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