Are you Looking for a free application to password protect folders in Windows 7? This day I will show you two different free tools to lock folder.
1. Secure Folder
Secure Folder is the best tool for you. It is a tiny application for XP, Vista and Windows 7 to lock folders in a jiffy.
On the first run, you will be asked to set a password. And once are done, you are good to add any number of folders to locked folders list by hitting the Add button.
What makes Secure Folder even more interesting is that its integration into explorer context menu. That means, when you install Secure Folder it adds Lock/Unlock with Folder Secure entry to folder context menu (right-click menu) which makes locking or unlocking a folder is a cake-walk.
All-in-all, a simple tool to password protect your folders in Windows. Also check out our how to password protect folders with Free Hide Folders tool guide.
2. Free Hide Folder
Hide files and folders feature present in Windows 7 operating system is very helpful when you want to quickly hide a file or folder. But if you want to protect your confidential data from others with a password, you need to use a third party tool such as Free Hide Folder.
With Free Hide Folder one can lock one or more folders with a password. The tool sports a very basic user interface, but works fine on Windows 7. On the first run, you need to set a master password to start adding your confidential folders to list.
Hit the Add button located in the toolbar to browse to the folder that you want to password protect. Use the Backup option to export your password protected folders list. You can restore the data any time if something goes wrong.
If you are a using a free folder protector on Vista and Windows 7 let us know in comments.