Software to Password Protect and Lock Folders in Windows
Password Protect Files and Folders?
Gazette Reader Denise A. writes:
If you own more than one computer and have a local area network, you can can restrict who has access to what by setting the "share" privileges on Folders.
On the other hand: if you only own 1 computer and have more than 1 person sharing it, Windows XP does not offer any way to password protect files or folders unless you choose to Compress the folder using ZIP.
The downside is that this method is not very intuitive and requires a lot of 'extra steps'; and although compressing a folder will keep files private (to some degree), there are no security measures in place to protect the ZIP folder and its contents from being deleted arbitrarily. (Source: pcWorld.com)
What to do?
After querying Google for some clues, I came across a nifty utility called Folder Password Expert (FPE). Before I decided to download the program, I searched Google for reviews on the software; oddly enough, Google led me back to the Folder Password Expert page where I found a quote from LockerGnome.com, a very trust-worthy source. The LG quote read:
The last statement perked my interest, as I'm well rehearsed when it comes to DOS. It wouldn't make much sense to password-protect something in Windows if I could get around it easily by entering in a few DOS commands.
I decided to keep on reading further down the page, where another review was posted -- this time, from The Software Corner:
I was certainly enticed -- was the program really that good?
I decided to downloaded Folder Password Expert to my computer and gave it a thorough test. After installing the program to my computer, the Folder Password Expert wizard window appeared. From here, I could choose to Lock or Unlock a folder using three simple steps:
Pretty simple. You can also right-click a folder at any point and choose to Lock / Unlock it.
Folder Password Expert: how strong is the Lock?
Just as a chain is only as good as its weakest link, a Folder Lock is only as good as its ability to keep prying eyes out of your protected data.
Here are some of the steps I went through to test the strength of Folder Password Expert:
Was I impressed at this point? (Correct).
Folder Password Expert: Compatibility
FPE works on Windows 98, ME NT, 2000, and XP.
Folder Password Expert does exactly what the title implies. Although there is a slight networking 'glitch', I still wasn't able to find a way to permeate Folder Password Expert's locking mechanism. Even so, this program is extremely robust and comes highly recommend for anyone wishing to maintain a level of security.
In short: Folder Password Expert is a 'must have' utility!
Reprinted from http://www.infopackets.com/gazette/20041111.htm#feature.
Folder Password Expert 126.96.36.199:
Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, NT, ME and 98.