How to Password Protect a Shared Folder

A shared folder on your computer allows other people on your network to access common files. If you want to restrict others from accessing the shared folder, you can put a password on the folder to prevent people from accessing the folder contents. Putting a password on your shared folder isn’t a difficult task and it can be done in a matter of minutes.

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Password-protect the folders on your shared drive.

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Navigate to the folder on your computer’s shared drive that you want to password-protect.

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Right-click on the folder. A small gray menu then appears.

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Scroll to the bottom of the menu to the “Properties” tab.

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Double-click on the “Properties” tab.

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Navigate to the “Sharing” tab at the far right and click on it.

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Navigate to the bottom of the "Sharing" tab and check the “Make this folder private” box.

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Click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the display.

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Click “OK” at the bottom of the display. The folder is then set to the administrator’s password.