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How Do I Hide, Protect and Encrypt Folders

December 07, 2011  |  Difficulty: Medium

how to use the free Secure Folder© software to lock, hide, or encrypt your files for maximum security.

Sometimes, it is necessary to secure files or folders so that they cannot be viewed and manipulated by a third party. There are many options to secure files and folders. For instance, you  can copy them to a flash drive and lock it (see the article that focuses on protection of data on a flash disk, set a password for your user account, set up a hidden attribute for the folder (see the article that focuses on setting a hidden attribute for a folder in Windows®, etc. However, if you want to protect a folder with password encryption, you will need to use security software such as Secure Folder©. Installation instructions for this application are included in the article that focuses on installing a file and folder security application. The instructions below illustrate how to use the free Secure Folder© software to lock, hide, or encrypt your files for maximum security.


  1. Launch the Secure Folder© application and click on the “Login” button.
  2. Next, set a new password, by choosing the “File > Change password” option. Type the new password, email, and password hint (to help you remember the password). You may wish to review the article that focuses on creating a Strong Password.
  3. Click on the “Add” button.
  4. Locate the folder you want to secure and click on the “OK” button.
  5. Now, choose a security mode by selecting the appropriate checkboxes to lock, hide and/or encrypt the folder. Set the protection you prefer and click on the “Secure” button.
  6. To unlock the folder, click on the “Insecure” button.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can lock and unlock the folder faster by right-clicking on the folder and choosing the “[Lock/Unlock] with Secure Folder” option.


  • If you uninstall the Secure Folder© application, you will not be able to access locked folders. Be sure to unlock all folders before you uninstall Secure Folder©.


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