Hide, lock and password-protect private folders with SecretFolder for Windows

SecretFolder is a tiny freeware for Windows, that lets you hide folders as well as lock and password-protect your personal and private content. SecretFolder is a basic, yet useful tool without any unnecessary features. The security features are tough and once you’ve locked a folder, no one will be able to access it. While you can always password protect folders without using any software, tools like SecretFolder makes things a lot easier. SecretFolder comes with all the essential components that ensure complete protection of your private folders.

SecretFolder for Windows

SecretFolder for Windows

The first time you start SecretFolder, you’ll need to create a password. Please ensure that you create a password that is strong enough and easy to remember for you as if you forgot the password, there is no solution, as in such a situation all your files can get permanently locked and hidden.

Hide, lock and password-protect folders

To lock a folder, simply open the application and then click on ‘Add’ button and then browse to your desired folder. SecretFolder supports NTFS, FAT32, exFAT and FAT volumes. Similarly, you can remove a folder by hitting the ‘Remove’ button. You can even toggle Lock/Unlock using the buttons in the above menu bar.

The program is very simple to operate, to access your locked folders you just need to select it and press the Unlock button and the folder will now appear in the same directory from where it was locked. To lock again, hit the Lock button and the folder will now again disappear. The locked folders do not appear even if you’ve enabled the hidden folders from Folder Options.

Talking about the security of your data, SecretFolder comes with protected uninstall, which means that no one can uninstall the application without the master password. Moreover, the CMD commands are also not able to access the locked folders.

SecretFolder Uninstall

Most of the people are concerned about the time is taken to encrypt/decrypt the data, but here I must mention that SecretFolder locks/unlocks your folders quickly, with no lags and no waiting.

Under Preferences, you can edit a few settings – you can enable the start-up option, and you can enable/disable the system tray icon too.

SecretFolder is a simple no-frills freeware that does its job well. It is easy to operate and handle. Unlike other software, SecretFolder can lock an unlimited amount of data; there is no limit as it is 100% free.

Click here to download SecretFolder.

This post will help you if you do not want to share any one of your folders and want to make folders private. Better still, you can even camouflage your secret folders using Disguise Folders. If you are looking for more – take a look at these Free File Encryption Software.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. MSI Sakib

    Great software to keep my files safe.
    Thanks man!

  2. DutchPete

    Another one that is free & simple to use is Easy File Locker. Like SecretFolder is not possible to uninstall EFL without the master password.

  3. Anurag

    Please clarify, what happens when I re-install my windows without removing folder from this software?

  4. Everett

    SecretFolder seems to only hide/lock the files, but not encrypt the files. I would like to use Lock My Folders for encrypting/locking my important files.

  5. Tovarisch

    How can I recover the password? I put my password in a text file and now it’s lost.

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