How to Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption - Easy Ways

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption

Do you have files (documents, videos, pictures, audio, etc...) or folders that contain sensitive, confidential or personal content or information and don't want other people to have access to these files? Then you should password protect (encrypt) your secret files and folders and this tutorial will show you step by step how to do this in a few different easy ways using free software in Windows, a free app on Android and in Linux Mint and Ubuntu.

It gets better:

This tutorial will also show you how to encrypt your files and folders and hide them inside audio files (songs) which can be played on every music player (Like Elliot in the tv series "Mr.Robot").

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Encrypt files and folders in Windows 7, 8 and 10 using free software:

Encrypt files and folders and hide them in audio files (like Elliot in the tv series "Mr.Robot") in Windows 7, 8 and 10 using free software:

Encrypt files and folders on Android using a free app:

Other:

Encryption

Encryption is the process of encoding data in such a way that only people who have a secret key or password can access it.

Encryption is the most effective and safe way to protect your sensitive, confidential or personal data, because you will need a secret key or password to decrypt an encrypted file or folder.

When you encrypt your files or folders, you can securely store your data on your computer, USB device or even send by email.

You can encrypt all kinds of files, such as:

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption using 7-Zip

7-Zip is a free program for compressing files and extracting compressed (zipped) files.

But:

You can also use it to password protect (encrypt) files and folders.

You can download 7-Zip here (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

Tips:

To encrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

1. Go to the file or folder that you want to encrypt.

2. Right-click on the file or folder, go to "7-Zip" and choose "Add to archive".

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3. Go to "Archive format" and select "zip".

4. Go to "Encryption" and enter the password of your choice twice.

5. Go to "Encryption method" and select "AES-256".

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6. Click on the "OK" button (located at the bottom right).

7-Zip will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

To decrypt an encrypted file you can use any compression program, like WinRar, WinZip or 7-Zip.

1. Right-click on the encrypted file and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here" or go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program, like PeaZip) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".

2. Enter your password and click on "OK".

Your encrypted file or folder will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption using WinRAR

WinRAR is a program for compressing files and extracting compressed (zipped) files.

But:

You can also use it to password protect (encrypt) files and folders.

You can download WinRAR here (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

Tips:

To encrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

1. Go to the file or folder that you want to encrypt.

2. Right-click on the file or folder and choose "Add to archive...".

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3. At "Archive format" you can select an archive format, like RAR or ZIP.

4. Click on the "Set password" button.

5. Enter the password of your choice twice and click on "OK".

6. Click on "OK".

WinRAR will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

To decrypt an encrypted file you can use any compression program, like WinRar, WinZip or 7-Zip.

1. Right-click on the encrypted file and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here" or go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program, like PeaZip) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".

2. Enter your password and click on "OK".

Your encrypted file or folder will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption using Ashampoo ZIP Free

Ashampoo ZIP Free is a free program for compressing files and extracting compressed (zipped) files.

But:

You can also use it to password protect (encrypt) files and folders.

You can download Ashampoo ZIP Free here (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

Tips:

To encrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

1. Go to the file or folder that you want to encrypt.

2. Right-click on the file or folder, go to "Compress To" and choose "Compress With Options...".

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3. Go to "Encryption" and select "AES-256 Encryption".

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4. Click on the "Add" button.

5. Enter the password of your choice twice and click on "OK".

Ashampoo ZIP Free will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

To decrypt an encrypted file you can use any compression program, like WinRar, WinZip or 7-Zip.

1. Right-click on the encrypted file and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here" or go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program, like PeaZip) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".

2. Enter your password and click on "OK".

Your encrypted file or folder will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption using PeaZip

PeaZip is a free program for compressing files and extracting compressed (zipped) files.

But:

You can also use it to password protect (encrypt) files and folders.

You can download PeaZip here (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

Tips:

To encrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

1. Go to the file or folder that you want to encrypt.

2. Right-click on the file or folder, go to "PeaZip" and choose "Add to archive".

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3. Click on "Enter password / keyfile".

4. Enter the password of your choice twice and click on "OK".

5. Click on "OK".

PeaZip Free will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

To decrypt an encrypted file you can use any compression program, like WinRar, WinZip or 7-Zip.

1. Right-click on the encrypted file and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here" or go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program, like PeaZip) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".

2. Enter your password and click on "OK".

Your encrypted file or folder will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption & Hide them in Audio Files using DeepSound

DeepSound allows you to encrypt your files and folders and hide them in audio files (songs) which can be played on every music player.

And:

It also enables you to extract your encrypted and hidden files directly from your audio files (songs).

DeepSound uses the strong encryption algorithm "AES-256" (strong encryption).

This is also the program that Elliot uses in the tv series "Mr.Robot" to encrypt and hide his secret data in music CDs.

You can download DeepSound here (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10).

To encrypt and hide file(s) and/or folder(s), follow these steps:

1. Open DeepSound.

2. Click on "Open carrier files".

3. Go to the location on your PC where the music song is stored that you want to use to hide your files or folders in.

4. Select the song and click on "Open".

5. Click on "Add secret files".

6. Go to the location on your PC where the files and/or folders are stored that you want to encrypt and hide.

7. Select the files and/or folders and click on "Open".

Tip: When you click on a song you can view at "Free space for secret files" how much file size in MB you have to hide inside the selected song. If you have a lot of secret files, then you will need to divide them over multiple songs.

8. Click on "Encode secret files".

9. Check "Encrypt secret files (AES-256)".

10. Enter the password of your choice twice.

11. Click on "Encode secret files".

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DeepSound will now password protect (encrypt) and hide your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files using DeepSound

1. Open DeepSound.

2. Click on "Open carrier files".

3. Go to the location on your PC where the music song is stored that contains your encrypted and hidden files and/or folders.

4. Select the song and click on "Open".

5. Enter your password and click on "OK".

6. Click on "Extract secret files".

Your encrypted file(s) and/or folder(s) will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption on Android using RAR

RAR is a free app for compressing files and extracting compressed (zipped) files.

But:

You can also use it to password protect (encrypt) files and folders.

Tips:

To encrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

1. Open RAR.

2. Go via RAR to the location on your Android smartphone or SD card where the file or folder is stored that you want to protect with a password.

3. Check the file or folder you want to protect with a password.

4. Tap on the file + icon.

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5. Tap on the "BROWSE" button.

6. Open the folder on your phone or SD card where you want to store the file or folder with password protection.

7. Tap on "FOLDER ONLY" located at the bottom.

8. Select an archive format, like "RAR", "ZIP" or "RAR 4.x".

9. Tap on the "SET PASSWORD" button.

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10. Enter a password and tap on "OK" located at the bottom.

11. Tap on "OK" located at the bottom.

RAR will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

1. Open RAR.

2. Go via RAR to the location on your Android smartphone or SD card where the file or folder with password protection is stored.

3. Check the file or folder with password protection you want to open.

4. Tap on the "file + arrow up" icon.

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5. Tap on "OK" located at the bottom.

6. Enter a password and tap on "OK" located at the bottom.

Your encrypted file(s) and/or folder(s) will be decrypted.

Password Protect Files & Folders with Encryption in Linux Mint and Ubuntu

1. Go to the file or folder that you want to encrypt.

2. Right-click on the file or folder and choose "Compress".

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3. Click on "Other Options".

4. Enter the password of your choice.

5. Click on the "Create" button.

Linux Mint or Ubuntu will now password protect (encrypt) your file(s) or folder(s).

Note: It's very important to remember your password, because you will need it to get access to your encrypted data.

Decrypt Encrypted Files

To decrypt an encrypted file you can use any compression program, like WinRar, WinZip or 7-Zip, but you can also do it in Linux Mint en Ubuntu without using any software.

1. Right-click on the encrypted file and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here" or go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program, like PeaZip) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".

2. Enter your password and click on "OK".

Your encrypted file or folder will be decrypted.

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