How to password protect documents, files, folders, programs, etc in Windows

In this post, we will see how to password protect PDF, Excel, Word, Office documents, OneNote notes, Files, Folder, Zip file, IE, Games, Images, applications, installed programs, USB, Flash, Pen, Removable Drives and more on your Windows PC. Basically, this post lists down some tutorials and some freeware that can help you get the job done.

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Password protect folders

This post shows how you can password protect Folders in Windows without using any 3rd-party software.

Password protect files

WinGuard Pro lets you password protect files, folders, Windows features & apps.

Take a look at these free File Encryption Software for Windows if you want to protect your data.

Easy File Locker will help you lock, protect and hide folders and files.

Password protect PDF files

See this post if you want to password protect PDF File in Word.

Using PrimoPDF and BeCyPDFMetaEdit free software, you can create, convert and password protect your PDF documents.

Password protect programs & applications

DeskLock will help you password protect the use of any application in Windows.

You can also password-protect and restrict access to installed programs using AppAdmin.

Password protect Internet Explorer

This post will show you how to password protect the use of Internet Explorer.

Password protect Google Chrome

This post will show you how to password protect Google Chrome profile.

Password protect Notes

Learn how to password protect OneNote notebook.

This tutorial will show you how to create password protected Notes with ZenR Notes.

7 Sticky Notes for Windows lets you password protect Sticky Notes & more

Password protect Hard Drives

Secret Disk lets you create private & hidden virtual drives & password-protect it.

Password protect Removable Drives

Encrypt USB Flash Drives with BitLocker To Go in Windows.

Secure portable storage devices using BitLocker To Go in Windows 10.

learn how to password protect USB Drive including Flash, Pen Drive, Removable Drives.

Lock, secure, password protect your USB Drive with USB Safeguard

KASHU USB Flash Security will password protects your USB Drive.

Password protect Office documents

Microsoft Office 2016/2013 certainly makes it easier to password protect your important documents like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, by making use of its password protection and permission feature. Learn how to password protect Microsoft Office documents.

Password protect Games

Game Protector will let you password protect Games.

Password protect Images

PhotoCrypt will help you encrypt & password protect your images.

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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.

2 Comments

  1. ReadandShare

    Thank you for this article! Very helpful. Good to have an extra layer of security (WinGuard Pro) to protect my laptop when I am away on extended trips, etc.

  2. ReadandShare

    WARNING: Do NOT Use WinGuard Pro!

    After two weeks of using, curiosity drove me to do a Registry search for the password I used for WinGuard. Lo and behold, WinGuard Pro actually stores that password in plain text within the Registry inside a “Pwd” folder under “Winguard” folder. Indeed, if you want to change your password, you can even change it right there within the Registry, and that change will take effect immediately!

    How lame is that? Do not use WinGuard (or anything else that stores passwords in plain text right inside your computer!

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