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How to Encrypt and Lock Folders / Files with Password

Lock My Folders is a powerful data protection software that lets you encrypt your folders/files on the fly. Any files placed directly in the protected folder will be encrypted automatically before being written to the disk. Nobody can decrypt your protected data without knowing your password. Let's get started with Lock My Folders.

1Download and Install Lock My Folders

  1. Click here to download the trial version of Lock My Folders and save it in a place that is easy to find, such as your PC desktop.
  2. When the download is complete, double-click the downloaded file to install it on your computer. Please be sure to restart your computer after you complete the installation.

2Encrypt and Lock Your Folders or Files

  1. The first time you start the program, you're required to set a new password that will be used to encrypt / decrypt your protected folders/files later on. You'll be prompted to enter this password every time you start this program next time.

    Set A New Password for Lock My Folders
  2. First create a secure folder that you will use to store your confidential data. Click on Add button.

    Lock My Folders
  3. In the popup window, type your desired folder name and specify the location where you would like your new secure folder to be created. Click OK.

    Create A Secure Folder
  4. The new secure folder should now appear in the main window of Lock My Folders. You can now open the secure folder in Windows Explorer. All new files created in that folder will be encrypted automatically in real time from that point forward.

    Unlocked Folders
  5. You should lock your secure folder after you finish working with it. This can be done by clicking the Lock button from within the program, or right-click on the secure folder in Windows Explorer and select “Lock My Folder”.

    Lock My Folders Context Menu
  6. When your secure folder is locked, it cannot be accessed from Windows Explorer, Command Prompt or any third-party software, until you unlock the folder with your password.

3Activate Lock My Folders (Optional)

After purchasing a copy of Lock My Folders, you'll receive an order confirmation email that includes your registration code, which could turn the trial version to a full unlimited version.

  1. Click the Option icon from the top of Lock My Folder program, and then select Register Product.
  2. In the popup window, enter your User name and registration code and click OK.

    Activate Lock My Folders

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