How to Password Protect a Shared Folder

By Charles Poole

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Scroll to the bottom of the menu to the "Properties" tab.

Step 4

Double-click on the "Properties" tab.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

Click on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the display.

Step 8

Click "OK" at the bottom of the display. The folder is then set to the administrator's password.

Tips & Warnings

  • The procedure works for all versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.