Windows 10: Password for Documents/Files/Pictures

  1.    24 Nov 2016 #1

    Password for Documents/Files/Pictures

    I have lot of documents on my computer. Such as openoffice word and openoffice excel documents. Basically any file on my computer whether its this a word or excel document or pictures or videos you can just click on it and open it without any issue.

    Is there a way to put a password on certain documents on my computer? What about a folder with pictures? I did this last time with documents but for some reason, there were 2 of the same document. One required a password to open. The other however did not. I think i used either winrar or 7 zip. So basically it didn't do anything.

    The other thing is what about pictures? Let say i have lots of pictures in one big folder. This folder then has subfolders inside etc. Is there a way to put a password on the main photos folder where you have to put a password in order to open it? But once you do, then you can click on any subfolders inside that main folder and open any picture without an issue? I tried this last time with winrar or 7zip and had similar problem. It would require you to put password but then it required you to put the password for every single photo... So its like this. Folder that is called pictures. Then inside pictures, i have lot of folders that are say folder a, b, c, d, e etc. I want to be able to then click on any of these folders then view pictures without having to type in that same password everytime. Because if it required a password to view each photo, then obviously no one will bother with this.

    The other thing i thought was if i put a password for my local account as in before logging into my computer, would that be enough and none of this would be necessary? I have no password for my computer so when i turn it on, well everything is there.

    Also would there be a quick option to turn off and then turn on the password require for these things? Or there isn't?
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  2.    25 Nov 2016 #2

    "The other thing i thought was if i put a password for my local account as in before logging into my computer, would that be enough and none of this would be necessary? I have no password for my computer so when i turn it on, well everything is there."
    I think you've answered your own Q. Just set a password or 4 digit PIN so computer has to be signed-in to see any files. When you step away, you can quickly hit WinKey+L and lock device until pass or PIN are entered. Otherwise, you need some kind of password add-on and have to pick and choose files to protect. If you have others who have to use the computer, set up a Local Acct for them and they can't see your files w/o you signed-in.
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  3.    25 Nov 2016 #3

    Hi, there are many 'Hide folder' type programs around where you can use a password to lock or unlock the folders. However you have to be careful that the folders, when 'hidden' by such a program remain hidden when the disk is accessed from Safe Mode or from e.g. a boot disk.

    You can use encrypted zip/rar etc files.

    Then there are encrypted containers- which can be mounted like disks:
    3 Alternatives to the Now-Defunct TrueCrypt for Your Encryption Needs

    So long, TrueCrypt: 5 alternative encryption tools that can lock down your data | PCWorld

    Then there's a host of encryption programs, including ones that encrypt/decrypt by right clicking a file.
    Best Free File Encryption Utility | Gizmo's Freeware
    EncryptOnClick - Free download and software reviews - CNET
    Free Encryption Tools Freeware downloads and reviews from SnapFiles
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  4.    25 Nov 2016 #4

    TrueCrypt is no longer supported/updated but it still works. Another alternative program and the one I now use to encrypt a file or folder is VeraCrypt.
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       25 Nov 2016 #5

    As for setting a PIN, I believe you first have to set a password. I had to log into the computer using my Microsoft Account id/pw to be able to accomplish setting the PIN.
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