How do I make a folder protected?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

To make a folder protected and secure its contents, you can use the Encrypt content to secure data option. This feature allows you to encrypt the data in the folder, making it accessible only to those with the correct encryption key. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Create a new folder: Right-click on the location where you want to create the protected folder, such as on your desktop or in another directory. Select “New” and then “Folder” to create a new folder.

2. Access folder properties: Once the new folder is created, right-click on it and select “Properties” from the context menu. This will open the folder’s properties window.

3. Enable encryption: In the folder properties window, go to the “General” tab and click on the “Advanced…” button located at the bottom right corner.

4. Encrypt folder contents: In the Advanced Attributes window, check the box that says “Encrypt contents to secure data” and click “OK”. This will enable encryption for the folder and its contents.

5. Apply changes: Back in the folder properties window, click on the “Apply” button to apply the changes you made.

6. Confirm encryption: A new window will appear, asking if you want to encrypt the folder and its subfolders and files. Choose the option that suits your needs and click “OK”.

7. Encryption in progress: The encryption process may take some time, depending on the size of the folder and its contents. Once the process is complete, the folder and its contents will be protected.

8. Accessing encrypted files: When you access the protected folder, you will notice that the file names are displayed in green. This indicates that the files are encrypted and can only be accessed by users with the correct encryption key.

It’s important to note that encrypting a folder doesn’t password-protect it. To further secure the folder, you can set up additional security measures like setting a strong password for your user account or using third-party encryption software.

By enabling the “Encrypt contents to secure data” option in the folder properties, you can make a folder protected and ensure that its contents are encrypted and accessible only to authorized users. This adds an extra layer of security to your sensitive data.