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How to Lock Folders on Windows 7


Kakasoft Advanced Folder Encryption is a perfect security solution for your important folder, allowing you password protect important data and lock up local hard drive(s) at the same time. It uses 256 bit on-the-fly AES instant encryption technology to guard and defend your confidential files and documents in a Windows system. It can lock and password protect files with an incomparable security strength and offers you a completely peace of mind.


Files under the protection of Advanced Folder Encryption can only be accessed with a correct password so that any illegal copy or deleting will fail to find their way to break into the file. Apart from password protect folders Advanced Folder Encryption can lock up local hard disks as well.


With the help of Advanced Folder Encryption locking files will no longer be a headache any more, and it blocks any possible tracking, compiling and cracking of the protected files from the unauthorized access. Malicious modification to the files such as deleting, copying or checking the size of the file can be stopped effectively. As it is an extremely easy-to-use and user-friendly software and offers users a distinctive and unique user experience. Here are some specific steps about how to password protect folders.


Step 1


Before you begin to password protect and lock up your folders, you need to install Advanced Folder Encryption and then run the program to enter into a main window.


Navigate to the folder you want to protect and then drag it to the blank field in the main window which is blow the list of taskbar. Next, you need to enter a password to lock the folder and then confirm it.


Tips: You'd better use a password that contains both numbers and letters in case it can be obtained by exhaustive method, what's more a strong password will save you a lot of time and trouble.


Step 2


After choosing a strong and reliable password you can select proper security strength for your folders according to the wizard. There are three levels of security strength at your choice: "Normal", "High", "Highest".


"Normal" is suitable for encrypt files or folders with a large size and under this security strength encryption will be process in the fastest speed.


"High" means it will protect your folders with strong security strength, and it encrypts folders in a fast speed.


"Highest" is designed for encrypting those folders or files with a comparably small size, yet the content is rather confidential. The encrypting speed will be slower while files under protection will have little chance to be lost or broken into.


Step 3


Here comes an option for you to of choose a display mode for those locked folders or files. "Local" means the password protected folders or files will be displayed in the local directory and anyone who access to the computer can see the folders, yet the folder or file image will be turned into an image with a lock marked on it which make it distinctive from an unlocked file or folder. "Hidden" refers to the encrypted folders or files will be hidden in the local directory and only the administrator can access to it in the main window of the Advanced Folder Encryption. This feature enables you hide folders and files you do not want to show to other people and protect your privacy effectively.


Tips: If you choose to hide a folder or file from other people's eye, please remember the name of the folder or file and do not for get to go to the main window to check it. In case you may forget you've hidden a folder or file and feel confused or even fall into a panic when you need to use the confidential information in the folder or file.


After you finish all the above steps you can complete password protecting a folder or file by clicking on the "Encrypt" button.


How to change your password for encrypted folders and files?


If you want to change your password, run Advanced Folder Encryption, in the popped-up main window you will find a list of encrypted folders and files below the taskbar. Moving your mouse pointer to the file or folder that you want to change a password, then right clicking it and navigating to the "Change Password" menu.


Now all you need do is input your old password in the box and enter the new password and confirm the ne password again. Then the changed password will take effect by your clicking on the "OK" button on the bottom of the interface.


Attention: The new password is a good password if it is easy to remember and hard to guess. In case some bad guys may try your password out you'd better select a password with both number and letter. A strong password will protect your folder and file and give you a sense of inner peace.


Note: For your files or folder safety on USB flash drive, you may refer to Kaka USB Security.


How to set a password for the running of the application?


Keeping all confidential files and folders under the protection of Advanced Folder Encryption may not enough for you if you are person with restrict standard for file security, so you'd better set a password for the running of the application and block the possibility of misuse of the data when someone open your file or folder by running the program.


If you wish to change password for the running of the application, operating the program and you can see a list of buttons on the main window. Clicking on the "Settings" option and then navigate to "Security" and choose "running the application requires a password", next in the new window entering your password for running the application and then re-enter it. During this process your password strength will be evaluated automatically which allows you to adjust your password in time. After putting in the password you need to click on "OK" button to save the change.


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