Are you the one who share their Computer with members of family or colleagues at the office? If yes, then you may at some point of time, want to keep some of the personal files hidden from other users.
There are many free and paid folder and file locking applications available. You can select anyone of them to create folder lock and secure your private files. But you can also securely encrypt and hide your files and folder with a simple application like Notepad++. Follow the steps given below to use this simple security trick.
You only need to create a batch file using Notepad to password protect folder and impose an extra layer of protection on your confidential data. Nobody can access your protected folder without knowing the password. Once you put a password on the folder in Windows PC, you can keep the documents and other media files which you want to hide from others.
There is no need to find best folder lock software as you can encrypt a folder by creating a simple password protection program. Although there are many folder lock apps for Windows 10/8 PC, it’s considered to be a secure way to lock a folder without software as the third party software may infect your PC with malware.
The password protected Windows folder helps you to share your computer even with the persons who always try to steal your personal or professional data. The encrypting a folder means the sensitive information is secure on your Windows PC.
How to Create Folder Lock Using Notepad
Step 1: Open Notepad or Notepad++ and type the following code. You can also copy & paste the code for the ease.
Step 2: Replace “Digitalriser” (in 23rd line) with your desired password.
Step 3: Now save this file with .bat extension. For instance, we have saved the file with name “secure.bat”.
Step 4: Double click on the secure.bat file which creates a “Secure” folder on the same location where you saved secure.bat file.
Step 5: Copy the files which you need to password protect into this “Secure” folder.
Step 6: Now double click on the secure.bat file again. The command prompt window will launch displaying message “Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)”. Type Y and then press Enter to lock your folder. The cmd prompt window will automatically be closed and nobody will be able to see your protected folder.
Step 7: Whenever you want to unlock protected folder, you need to open the .bat file, type your password and press Enter.
If you find any problem while protecting your folder with password, let us know via comments. We shall assist you to resolve the issues.