Password Protecting A File Or Folder

Password Protecting A File Or Folder

If you have documents that you consider sensitive on your computer or flash drive it is always good ideas to password protect or encrypt those documents.  There may come a time when your laptop or computer needs servicing, or becomes lost or stolen, and it is imperative that no one can get to that sensitive information.  A situation of compromised documents could mean the loss of your job or money out of your checking account.  Before starting you should know that there are ways that people can still hack into your files.  It would be in your best interest to use a 256-bit encryption.  This makes the files and folders harder to hack into.
Windows does not usually have a password protect option for files and folders.  The easiest way to protect documents will be compression software.  This software compresses files that you can then encrypt or password protect and put in a folder.  WinZip and WinRAR are good compression software’s that you can use with Windows.

Right click on the file or folder that you want and choose “add to archive”.  If you do not choose to encrypt the file name, be aware that you will need your password for every file in the archive.  If you did not then you may enter your password only once and open everything in the archive.  Once you have completed this then you will be able to select a password.   It is not a good idea to use the same password for every file or folder.  Be sure to make the password easy for you to remember.
After doing this you will be able to carry these files in USB drives without worry.  We all want our data to be safe and protected from people who may come across the folders and feel the need to look at them.

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