This article provides the user with knowledge on how to password protect computers and folders. It explains how this can be done on various versions of Windows.
The article explains how important it is to protect files with passwords and also the ways in which you can protect your password. You can create a file consisting of your passwords and then make a back-up of this file. The process of password protection is described on the following versions of Windows: Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows XP along with its Home Edition. You may also protect your password with a compress tool such as WinRAR.
In order to restrict access to important or confidential files and folders, you can password protect them. However, you should always save a file containing the passwords in use, for example in an Excel sheet, so that you do not forget them. Also, always make a back-up of those files and folders in a single password protected password external drive, so they are not lost in the case of system corruption or infection.
How to password protect a Word document
Windows provides you with the necessary tools for this process.
1. After creating the Word document, click "Save as" in the "File" options.
2. Go to the "Tools" option and select "Security Options".
3. In the field labeled "Password to open", enter the password of your choice.
4. Then, if you also want to set a password to modify the file, enter another password in the field labeled "Password to modify" .
5. If the file DOES NOT require any changes, and you want it to open in a read-only format, tick the box labeled "Read-only recommended" .
6. When done, click "OK" .
Password protection on Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows 98
Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows 98 are not set for password protection of your files and folders. If you are running under those operating systems, you will need to download a program that can handle this task for you.