How to Hide or Protect Windows
Files and Folders
Last updated: 6/11/01
Q. Is there a program or a way to hide a folder
and files, or put a password lock in them?
A. You can change the properties of the folder--right-click
it and select properties--so that the folder is hidden and no one but you
will know it is there. You would also have to set your folder options (Tools,
Folder Options) so hidden files are not shown. Of course, anyone could change
that option back to show hidden files. If you are on a network and wish to
protect a folder from access from another PC on the network, that can be
done in the Sharing properties for the folder, but that will not stop someone
from accessing the folder from your computer. Most computers have BIOS Setup
features to password protect the entire computer. If you have Windows Me,
you can create a compressed folder and then encrypt it with a password. See
Windows Me help for instructions. PowerArchiver and WinZip also
have this capability. Finally, see download.com’s
security utility section.
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