Windows operating system allows protecting folders by using a permission system. However, this is not available in old versions, or when you are using FAT or FAT32 file systems. In addition, whoever cracking the system administrator password will be able to change all the permissions and consequently have access to any folder or file stored in your hard drives. And there is also a problem of protecting elements in an external drive, since most of these devices do not support the NTFS file system.
Password Protect Folders offers to protect your folders with a password. This program’s operations could not be any simpler and this has a lot to do with the interface design. The developers have made an emphasis on simplicity instead of crowding the interface with useless elements. There are two basic operations: locking and unlocking. To lock a folder, you just need to browse the drive and find it. Then, you will assign it a password with at least six characters or an optional hint, just in case you forget the password. The reverse operation is quickly performed, since the application will show a list of the protected folders in the system. This time, you can simply choose the folders you want to unlock and provide the right password. The operation is made even easier by right-clicking on a folder and selecting to lock it.
An advantage of this application is that it allows locking folders in external drives. Moreover, it will make it impossible to open the protected folders unless Password Protect Folders is installed in the computer. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible to crack the passwords, because this program does not store them in the Registry or the hard drive. However, the trial version is limited to protecting only three folders in your system, and it does not allow locking large folders.