Lock folders and drives with passwords

Password-Protect Folders

If you want to protect folders with passwords without encrypting the files, then Folder Guard is the tool you need. The password protection is instantaneous, no matter how many files the folder contains or how large the files are. However, the password protection takes effect only on your computer, where Folder Guard is running: if you move the folder to another computer, it will not be protected, unless that computer has Folder Guard installed and configured, as well. Read more about Folder Guard…

Encrypt external USB drives

If you have an external drive that you want to protect with a password, then USBCrypt is the software you need. This software creates an encrypted area on the external drive that you can use to keep your sensitive files. You can use the encrypted drive with other computers, that don’t have USBCrypt software installed. If you lose the encrypted drive, your files will be safely protected with the password you’ve chosen. Read more about USBCrypt…

How to password-protect a folder with Folder Guard

You can use Folder Guard software to protect folders with passwords.

To lock a folder with a password: run Folder Guard and drag and drop the folder you want to protect to its window, or choose the Wizard command:

Use Folder Guard to protect folders with passwords
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Choose a password and press OK. Note that a little yellow key sign has appeared next to the folder’s icon; this is the indication that this folder has an individual password assigned to it.

Now resume the protection (or apply the changes) and try to open the folder you have just protected through a Windows Explorer window. That is, click on the Windows Start button, then click on Computer (or My Computer) on the Start menu, and navigate to the folder you have locked. Finally, double-click on the protected folder in the right-hand window of Windows Explorer, and a password prompt should appear on the screen:

To open a password protected folder you must enter your password first
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If you have entered the correct password, the folder should become unprotected and you should be able to work with the files and subfolders it contains without restrictions, as usual. However, if you don’t enter the correct password, the folder will remain protected.

(Note that in order to unlock the folder this way, you need to double-click on the folder in the right-hand panel of the Windows Explorer window. If you select the folder in the left-hand panel that shows the folder tree, the password prompt will not be shown and the Access denied message will be shown instead.)

Now, after you have unlocked the folder, try to close the Windows Explorer window, and you should see a prompt to lock the folder back:

You are prompted to lock the folder when closing the Windows Explorer window
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Reply Yes, and the folder will be locked back with the password again, and will remain inaccessible until you enter the correct password again.

In addition to the basic password-protection described above, Folder Guard lets you customize the way it works to suit your specific requirements:

  • You can direct Folder Guard to add the Lock and Unlock commands to the Windows shortcut menu. You can use them to lock and unlock the password-protected folders by right-clicking on them, instead of (or in addition to) double-clicking on the folders as described above.
  • If you have locked many folders with passwords, you can make them all accessible at once by running Folder Guard and pausing the protection (you will need to enter your Master password, or course!) When you are done working with the protected folders, run Folder Guard and choose to resume the protection, to lock all folders at once with one click.
  • Instead of locking files and folders with passwords, your can completely hide them!

And more! Please feel free to download the fully functional evaluation version and give it a try. If you don’t like it, use Windows Control Panel to uninstall it: no strings attached.

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  1. abdullah says:


  2. ashish says:

    it is help much more…… i need

  3. sulthan alam says:

    wow!!!… good software

  4. mukhtar says:

    good software

  5. dimos says:

    Nice, but what if I have an external HDD and share it with my son;
    He has his files inside the external HDD, also!!!
    How can I secure (Password-Protect Folders) my files when he take the HDD to his pc;; or to his friends pc’s ;;;; Is there any solution to that;;;;

  6. WinAbility Software says:

    dimos: looks like USBCrypt is just the software for the task. You can use it to create an encrypted area on the external HD that takes only a portion of the whole HD (from example, a half of it). This way, you could put your own files in the encrypted area and they would be protected with your password. Your son could use the remaining unencrypted half of the drive for his files. Please feel free to download USBCrypt and give it a try, to see how it could work for you (the evaluation version is fully functional!). Good luck!

  7. mahi says:

    Wow, Very Good Software.

  8. sunykhan says:

    Its a very good software instead of others.

  9. Martin says:

    We are currently using FolderGuard with our small network, to lock a few employee folders. Is it possible also to lock an outlook email folder? Any help would be appreciated if possible.

  10. WinAbility Software says:

    Martin: Outlook stores the emails in a .pst file. If you restrict access to that file, you would restrict access to the Outlook data. You may also want to visit office.microsoft.com for information on protecting the Outlook data as suggested by Microsoft.

  11. zongda says:

    That’s Great ! i wanna get in a software like this so long !

  12. mike says:

    this is the life

  13. zack says:

    Finally a protection for my annoying little brother that keep messing up with my work (games,essay,etc) thx man :)

  14. dipa says:

    this software is too good.

  15. deepthi says:

    very very good i love it

  16. R Muthukumar says:

    Pl advise how to buy this software and the conditions that apply. Will you give auto update and which all windows version this will support.

  17. WinAbility Software says:

    R Muthukumar: to buy this software, click on the Purchase button. If you have questions, click on Help!

  18. siddiq kathat says:

    it is very good application to prevent our personal security but m in trial version, can anybody hep me for license key

  19. WinAbility Software says:

    Dear siddiq kathat: the trial version does not need a license key, it already comes with a built-in license for 30 days of the full use, free of charge.

  20. আতা গাছে তোঁতা পাখি says:

    বিশাল সফটওয়্যার বানিয়েছ আমি সব ঢেকে রাখতে পারছি!!!!!!!!

  21. basudev sarkar says:

    I have 15 folders I want to lock each folders by it own password I mean each folder is lock by its individual password, and other folder also locked individual password..

  22. WinAbility Software says:

    basudev sarkar: with Folder Guard you can create a separate password for each folder you want to protect. Please feel free to download the software and give it a try, it’s free and fully functional for the first 30 days.

  23. Neha says:

    M facing a problem of unlocking an imp folder that has been locked with folder guard.but
    I forgot the password n geting no idea abt it now. Pls pls pls assist me what shud I do in dis case?

  24. WinAbility Software says:

    @Neha: In order to help with this problem we need some additional information from you. Please get in touch with us using the Help – Contact us button on the top menu bar of this web page and we will try to help!

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