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Folder protection on Windows 10

I know Bitlocker and used it my PC and portable drives, But this time, I am looking for a lightweight solution to protect my private folders. When someone tries to access the folder, a password prompt appears.

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Your folders are already private.

Using the system we have now. That is, a login password. Without it they can't get on your PC and I'll ignore the workaround where I boot Linux to get at the files since your solution breaks a bit too easily.

So why would I need this if we use what Windows supplies and we are sticking to just Windows?

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Home PC

It is a home PC for family. I want to protect my own files.

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Then you're good to go.

Just log out and as a stock W10 is set it to need a password on resume, the files are private for each user.

Now if you decided not to have each user have their own account you might go searching for something else.

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Re: good to go

That's true. But only if the other users aren't administrator. Administrators can see everything.

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Which is why you don't hand out Admin

To everyone. Remember that I take it that at this point you know Windows so the only real fix is to be the Admin. Since handing out Admin hands over power to DELETE a locked folder, then any software solution is DOA (dead on arrival.)

So what to do?
1. You're the Admin, the others are users.
2. You put your files on a NAS or maybe some USB drive.

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Try Nordlocker

Hi, I also had a similar question some time ago and was looking for recommendations. However, after a little research I leaned over to Nordlocker app. This app encrypts files that can be either stored on the computer or shared with others. I like that the process is super fast and it supports any kind of data. And now they have a 50% off deal for a plan with a coupon code blacksale. So far no regrets about my decision.

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