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

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 easy and secure way using free software.

It gets better:

I will also show you how to encrypt your files and folders and hide them inside audio files (songs) which can be played like any other audio file.

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Encrypt files and folders using:

Encrypt files and folders and hide them in audio files using:

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 file archiver 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 (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 file archiver program, like WinRar, WinZip, 7-Zip or you can use the Windows built-in file archiver program.

To decrypt a file or folder, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the encrypted file.
  2. Go to "7-Zip" (or another file archiver program) and choose "Extract here" or "Unzip here".
  3. 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 like any other audio file.

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" for 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.

DeepSound requires Microsot .NET Framework 4.

You can download DeepSound (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 devide 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

To decrypt 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 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.

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