How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Lockdir is an easy-to-use software designed for password protection of folders or drives on Windows systems.
If you put your sensitive files on your computer, you must pay attention to the data security of these files because there are so many potential threats that leave a door for cybercriminals.

Folder Protector is a widely accepted application that users worldwide have welcomed for quite a long time. Get Folder Protector here and learn to lock folders and files by yourself:

Download the Folder Protector with the following button. And then follow the step-by-step guide to protecting folders with a password.

Video Tutorial: How to Use LockDir to Lock a Folder

Part I. Password Protect a Folder

Step 1. Select folders to protect

Copy Folder Protector (lockdir.exe) to the folder you want to protect and run “lockdir.exe”.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Step 2. Set a Password to protect the selected folder

Make settings in the Settings window and then right-click on the folder and navigate to the “Folder Protector” option to password protect it.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Step 3. Make settings to retrieve the password.

a. Click on the “>>” button on the right side of the main window.
b. Type a password hint to help you remember your password.
Remember that anyone unprotected this folder will be able to see the password hint.
c. Set an e-mail address to help you retrieve the password. The program will remember this e-mail address if you click on “Save as default e-mail”.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Step 4. Click the “Protect” button to Protect folders

Now all your files/folders are hidden.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Part II. Unprotect a Folder

Three different unprotection modes

Virtual Drive: Access your data in a virtual drive without extracting the data, which means the folder will be reprotected automatically as soon as you close the explorer window.

Temporary: Show a restore window on your taskbar after unprotection, allowing you to restore protection quickly.

Complete: Completely unprotect your folder. You need to rerun Folder Protector and enter a new password to protect the folder if you wish to gain folder protection again.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Temporary unprotection Window.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Part III、Advanced Settings

1. Security Level Setting

security levels: Normal, High, Highest.

Encryption SpeedFastestFast (50 files per second)Slow (15M data per second)
Encryption Methodhide and Lock FilesScramble and encrypt file headers256-bit AES Encryption

2. Language

Nine languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese.

3. Login password

We recommend you to set a login password to avoid unauthorized access to your folder.

4. Create an unprotection program in the protected folder

Allow you to unprotect your folder by running the “lockdir.exe” program. If you uncheck this option, you have to copy the “lockdir.exe” file to the protected folder first and run it when you need to unprotect the folder.

5. Show a protected sign(a special folder icon)

The special folder icon helps you distinguish protected folders from other folders.

6. Display on the Right-Click menu

Allow you to right-click a folder and select the “Folder Protector” option in the Right-Click Menu to protect.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

7. Search

When you forget the location of the protected folders, you can search them from your computer.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Part IV. Login Password

Protect this software from being misused by others hence protect your critical data. In other words, you can set a password to control the usage of this application.

To set login password, navigate to SETTINGS-> Login Password.

How to Password Protect a Folder with Lockdir?

Part V. Command-line Execution

1. Password Protect a folder

Usage: lockdir.exe p [-n -h -x] [password] [path]
-n: Protect with Normal Security Level
-h: Protect with High-Security Level
-x: Protect with Highest Security Level
Protect a folder ( E:\test) in Normal Security Level with password “123456”.

E:\lockdir.exe p -n 123456 E:\test

2. Unprotect a folder

Usage: lockdir.exe u [-i -t -c] [password] [path]
-i: Unprotect with Virtual Disk Mode
-t: Unprotect with Temporary Mode
-c: Completely unprotect this folder.
Completely unprotect a folder with the password “123456”.

E:\lockdir.exe u -c 123456 E:\test