How to Create Encrypted Folder in Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP

If there’s some stuff on your hard drive that you’d rather keep private, Lock My Folders can help you out. This program allows you to create an encrypted folder on your PC. Nobody can decrypt and view your files without knowing your password, even they have physical access to your hard drive. No need to worry about your sensitive information if you share your PC with friends or family on occasion.

How to Create Encrypted Folder in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP?

Download and install the Lock My Folders program on your computer. The first time you launch the program, it will prompt you to set a master password that will be used to encrypt your files later on. Enter a password that you can remember as you’ll need it to open and use the program next time.

To create an encrypted folder, click on Add button from within the Lock My Folders program.

In the popup window, type your desired folder name and specify the location where you would like your new secure folder to be created. The location can be a folder on your local hard drive or an external USB drive.

As soon as you clicking OK, your secure folder will be created immediately. Afterwards you can copy and save all your private photos, videos, documents and other confidential files in this secure folder. Windows automatically encrypts your files before storing them on the drive, and decrypts them again when you want to read or modify them.

After you finish working with the secure folder. Just right-click on the secure folder and select “Lock My Folder“. When it’s locked, anyone else who uses your computer are unable to view these files. If you shut down or restart your computer, all your secure folders will also be locked automatically for security reason.

If you need to read or modify your private files, you need to unlock the secure folder firstly. Right-click on the secure folder and select “Unlock My Folder“.

The program will ask you to enter your password. Upon successfully verifying the password, you can then open and access the secure folder again. It’s that simple!

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