Password Protect Single Folder

Is there a way to password protect a single folder on a laptop?

Usage: For example, let's say the laptop gets stolen while the owner is logged in, but I want to make sure no one can drill down on a certain folder without a password because it contains confidential information.

Right now, I'm placing these files in a Encrypted Zip Folder. Other suggestions?
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Rich RumbleConnect With a Mentor Security SamuraiCommented:
TrueCrypt all the way...
Jay_Jay70Connect With a Mentor Commented:
not without a 3rp party app

just one for example
callrsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
My answer here:    Password protect a file/folder
Ryman1Author Commented:
Which of these applications will continue to control access even when in safe mode?

I read that many of them can just be turned off by starting in safe mode or end the process.

Few more:,110663-page,1/article.html Article: " sensitive files and folders in a compressed folder and use that folder's built-in password protection option." (free) ($40)
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