Lock a Folder With Password Using Free Folder Protector

All of us have some files and folders that we consider private. They can be anything from our business documents to pictures of friends and family. These are files that we don't want other people using our computer to know about. Most of us get in awkward situations when these files are discovered by unwanted people.

Lock Folder Windows
Surely, you can store this information in a hidden folder. The only problem is that anyone can easily search the contents of a hidden folder using Windows Search itself. Encrypting such information can also lead to tricky situations when other users ask about it.

A viable solution is storing this type of content in a password protected folder so that only those people that know the password can access the protected information. There are many folder locking programs available online but the problem is that most of the good ones are paid. Even if you do manage to get a good free one, you will be looked at suspiciously when people see a folder locker in the list of your installed programs or when they see the protected information.

If you too find yourself facing similar problems in similar situations, you can try Folder Protector, a password protector for Windows folders that is not only free but is also portable meaning that it does not need to be installed. Click on the exe file and the program will start running. I have created this program based on suggestions and feature requests that I have received by email over the last two years.

Folder Protector

Folder Protector offers each user a protected folder that can only be opened by entering the password. Unlike most security programs, Folder Protector is small in size (nearly 58KB), does not show up in the list of your installed programs and does not show the folder that it is protecting. These features give an additional advantage that people who do not know that this program was used do not have a target to try and hack their way into. As the software is portable, you can hide it or even delete it after protecting your folder and no one will have a clue that it was used. Then whenever you need to access protected files, you can re-download the program from this page, enter the password and access your protected files.


1) This program uses a simple method to lock files and should not be used to protect truly sensitive information. It is best to encrypt that kind of information.

2) Do not refresh your Windows PC when your folder is locked. Doing that might delete your files.

Download Folder Protector

Download for Windows 10, Windows 8 (8.1), Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Download for Windows XP

How to use Folder Protector?

Note: Since this is a CUI based program, you need to press Enter after each action to execute it.

When you run Folder Protector for the first time, the program will ask you for a password that you want to use. Enter a password that you can remember as this will be the password to your protected folder.

Lock Folder With Password

After entering the password, the program will open a folder named SecuredFILES. This is your protected folder. You can add all your private files in this folder. This folder is located at the Desktop. After adding all your files, you may close this folder.

Then, you can use the menu in the program to lock your folder. To lock the folder, type lock as your action and press Enter. After successfully locking the folder, FolderProtector will display that the folder is locked.

Free Folder Lock

Unlocking the protected folder is easy. Type unlock as your action and press Enter. Then the program will ask you to enter your password. Upon successfully entering the password (by pressing the Enter key), the program will display the contents of your protected folder.

Changing the Password: Type change as your action and press Enter. The program will ask you for your current password. Upon successful entry of the current password (by pressing the Enter key), the program will ask for your new password and change it instantly.

Acknowledgment: This software has been made possible only through the suggestions of readers of this blog, especially Ernell Albert Galido for his idea of using a menu based interface.

Windows Compatibility: This program has been successfully tested on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Support and Development
I will continue to develop this software further. So, your suggestions are invited. If you face any problem while using this software, you can use our support page.
Author About
Akhilesh Sharma maintains and writes Tweak And Trick. He is a technology enthusiast and a science student.
You can contact him at tweakandtrick@gmail.com.

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