Best way to password protect files and folders

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Hello all, I'm not a security expert but this question is very important to me. How can I best protect my individual files and folders with a password? I think the term is password protect. I have several files that need to be secured ASAP. What should I look into here?

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You can easily do it like this:  http://www.winzip.com/win/en/features/data-protection.html   I keep all my sensitive data protected that way and it is very easy to use software. Try it and let me know how it worked for you 

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  • ToddN2000
    What type of files are you looking to protect? Some applications have the ability to protect documents built in to the program already. There are other options as well. We need a few more details.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    You can hide the files/folders depending on operating system. There are several 3rd party tool, that can help regarding this issue. You can try folder lock (not free) but works fine.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Secured? From what?

    Are you concerned that others might sit at and use your system when you're not around? Is it portable (phone/notebook/laptop) that might be lost? Are there networked users who access your system?

    Of course, what is the system and what OS is running (including version)?
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  • ToddN2000
    If you are concerned about things like viruses and ransomware taking control of your files, I don't think password protecting them will help. I am not a security expert either but the hacker are coding their attack at a much higher level that most likely bypasses and Windows based protection.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    A good solution is to simply encrypt your drive using BitLocker, Symantec Endpoint Protection, or similar. It's not 100% foolproof but it can offer  some peace of mind in this context.
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  • ToddN2000
    @Kevin: Question on encryption, would this make it tougher for a ransomware attack and if so why don't today's OS's do that by default or is the overhead to much and kills system performance?
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