Product Name: MyLockbox
Overall Ranking: 5 / 5 Stars
Price: Freeware / Pro Edition
Owner: FSPRO Labs
Password Protect Windows Folder:
A few days ago my Uncle K. (you know who you are) asked me if he could password protect a folder in Windows 7. I told him I’d have to look into it. I found this very intriguing because I never had use for this type of application, but nevertheless it’s a legitimate question which deserves an answer and if possible a workaround.
The next day I went directly to Microsoft Windows website and read its “Can I protect files or folders with a password?” at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/password-protect-files-folders#1TC=windows-7.
In a nut-shell it states that Windows 7 does allow you to protect individual files using a password; however, they do not have a utility to password protect folders. In a situation like this you research to find a 3rd party software that’s compatible with Windows 7 which offers the same or more security.
After performing a comprehensive search and testing of at least 3 others I found a tool that works with Windows 7 perfectly and very easy to use; it’s called MyLockbox at http://fspro.net/my-lockbox. It doesn’t encrypt data / folders it puts it under lock and key via a set password.
However, this version is free therefore as always it has its limitations unless you purchase the Pro Edition. The free version only allows you 1 single folder to password protect, but keep in mind a folder can house many subfolders. If you need more folders to be protected tghen consider purchasing the Pro.
Download the MyLockbox at http://fspro.net/my-lockbox or http://fspro.net > MyLockbox_setup.zip will appear at the bottom of your screen or land in the download folder > Click it. The MyLockbox_setup will appear under Name > click Run > Select the language > English (if applicable) > Click Next.
Agree to the License Agreement > Verify the location where you want it to land on your computer > Decide if / where the shortcuts will be created > Leave it at Standard Installation radio dial > Click Next > Click Install > Decide if you want it to integrate with Windows Explorer if you do the leave box checked > Click Finish. You’re done.
Verify the location where you want it to land on your computer. Decide if you want shortcuts to be created > Leave it at Standard Installation radio dial > Click Next > Click Install > If you want it to integrate with Windows Explorer leave box checked.
Ensure the Do Not Install Hide Folders Ext is selected. If you wish to Hide you will be using the trial version which will expire and later require you to pay for the Pro Edition.
Input the information requested > Click Ok > When completed a password successful window will display > Click OK. The installation is complete. You will notice you have a new icon on your desktop similar to this one resembling a safe (stands to reason). Clicking on the icon will launch the MyLockbox interface below.
Let’s Create a Folder to Password Protect:
Click the Set Folder button > You can either browse to an existing folder to protect or click Make New Folder > If you choose to make a new folder name it something relative to what you’re securing. As you can see I clicked to make a new folder.
At this point once the folder is in the directory under the name you chose > Click OK. The path to the folder is listed in the Protected Folder field. Click Open and drag the files you want to be password protected under where you see Name. Once you’ve added the files you want secured > Click File and then Close > Click the Lock button on the MyLockbox interface.
To Test MyLockbox:
Click the icon MyLockbox on your desktop to open. You’ll notice you must enter the password you created earlier in order to access the folder / files within. Fantastic, right! When it opens the status changes to unlocked (on the left) in order for you to access the recently password protected files. It allows you to lock it once you’ve finished viewing / editing your files as usual then you’re left with the MyLockbox interface which you simply click X to close.
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows XP (Legacy)
Windows 7 – 32bit / Windows 7 – 64bit
Windows Vista – 32bit / Wndows Vista – 64bit
I Recommend MyLockbox.
This utility for many reasons is a great tool. To start it has no limits on the size of the protected data, the free edition allows you to protect an unlimited number of subfolders, it supports the various Windows operating systems, such as XP, Vista, 7, and 8, 32 bit, and 64 bit, online password recovery, protection extents to safe mode, its simplicity, 10 different languages, and finally its freeware. These days you can’t beat freeware.
Your files are as safe as the strength of your password. Make it at least 6 – 8 characters including numbers, capital letters, lower case letter, and symbols, such as $ @ ! & * #, but not too complicated that it’s difficult to remember. Create passwords that are easy to remember but hard for others to guess.