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Make sure nobody can get at your most important data.

Nowadays, all of our information is digital — from pictures to our banking information and everything in-between. Among these files, we all have sensitive information that, when seen by others, could cause irrevocable harm. Windows 10 doesn’t make it easy to password protect a folder, but we can guide you here on how to protect your most sensitive information.

1. Open the folder you want to protect with a password.

 

2. Right-click inside the folder, opening the context menu.

3. Select New from the context menu.

4. Click Text Document from the context menu pop-up.

5. Rename the new text document to “LockedFolder” and press Enter.

6. Open the “LockedFolder” text document.

7. Copy the highlighted code below.

 

cls

 

@ECHO OFF

 

title Folder Locker

 

if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK

 

if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER

 

:CONFIRM

 

echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)

 

set/p “cho=>”

 

if %cho%==Y goto LOCK

 

if %cho%==y goto LOCK

 

if %cho%==n goto END

 

if %cho%==N goto END

 

echo Invalid choice.

 

goto CONFIRM

 

:LOCK

 

ren Locker “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

 

attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

 

echo Folder locked

 

goto End

 

:UNLOCK

 

echo Enter password to Unlock folder

 

set/p “pass=>”

 

if NOT %pass%==INPUT YOUR PASSWORD HERE goto FAIL

 

attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

 

ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Locker

 

echo Folder Unlocked successfully

 

goto End

 

:FAIL

 

echo Invalid password

 

goto end

 

:MDLOCKER

 

md Locker

 

echo Locker created successfully

 

goto End

 

:End

8. Paste the code into the “LockedFolder” text document.

9. In the “LockedFolder” text document, find the phrase “INPUT YOUR PASSWORD HERE”.

10. Replace “INPUT YOUR PASSWORD HERE” with a password of your choosing. Do not use spaces within your password.

11. Click File in the header menu of the text document.

12. Select “Save as” from the drop-down menu.

13. Change the file name “LockedFolder” to “LockedFolder.bat”.

14. From the “Save as type” drop-down, select “All Files”.

15. Click the “Save” button.

16. Double-click the “LockedFolder.bat” windows batch file.

17. You will now see a new folder named “Locker”. Select, drag, and drop the files you want locked inside the Locker folder.

18. Right-click the Windows batch file named “LockedFolder”.

19. Select “Open” from the context menu.

20. Type “Y” in the CMD pop-up window and then press Enter on your keyboard. Your locked folder and its contents are now hidden.

21. To unlock and make the folder visible again, double-click on the “LockedFolder” Windows batch file.

 

22. Enter the password you created earlier and press Enter on your keyboard when asked to unlock the folder.

Repeat these steps again to hide and password protect the folder:
24. Double click the “LockedFolder.bat” Windows batch file.

 

25. Type “Y” in the CMD pop-up window and then press Enter on your keyboard.