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Password Protect Folders in Vista

Windows Vista is an operating system made by Microsoft. Want absolute control over who has access to your files / folders in Windows Vista? Learn how to password protect folders / files in Vista easily and quickly . Make sure nobody else can access your private information without permission.

On a Windows-based computer, each user should has his own Windows account in order to ensure that all its data are private by default. Windows passwords protect the system and require users to enter a user name and password before logging into the computer. This often eliminates the need for local folders password to protect it, unless the user wants to Exchange data on their local computer during some access control. Password protecting folders encrypts the directory and requires any user who attempts to access it to enter your password before viewing its content.

Windows Vista Password Folder Protection

  1. CLOSE THE FILES OR FOLDER, IF OPEN.
    To password protect folders in VISTA, you should first close them. This is particularly true if you are setting password protection to an executable file (.exe) or a folder that contains an executable file (also called a program). If you are unsure of an executable file’s status, press control+alt+delete to view all programs running.
  2. LOCATE THE FILES OR FOLDERS YOU WISH TO PASSWORD PROTECT.
    Do not click to open the file or folder. You can find files or folders by using the “COMPUTER” tool in your Vista Start Menu.
  3. RIGHT CLICK ON THE FILE OR FOLDER’S ICON.
    To access the option to password protect folders in Vista, right-click the folder you want to password protect and select “Properties.” Click the “Advanced” button to open a new window.
  4. CLICK THE ‘SECURITY’ TAB IN POP-UP WINDOW.
    In the pop-up Properties menu, click the ‘Advanced‘ button on the pop-up window.
  5. Now tick Encrypt Contents to Secure Data and then click OK:
  6. If you encrypted a folder you will be asked if you wish to also secure the files/sub-folders within this. To do this, ensure Apply Changes to this folder, subfolders and files is selected and click OK:
  7. Done! Let’s have a test ~
    You have now successfully encrypted files. If this is the first time you have done this you may be prompted to backup the security key used to decrypt the files. If you do not back this up you will not be able to access your files if the key is lost or damaged on your PC.

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