Password protect a folder - recommendations?

hi Folks
Any  suggestions on how to password protect a folder? As far as I know - that is not native to Windows 7. Is it in Windows 8? If not, what software would you recommend? Was thinking of Winzip...but might be other suggestions here...
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laturnerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 have no built-in option allowing to set a password on a particular folder. If you do not want to set up multiple Windows accounts and then define access rules for them, you have to use a third-party program. I use Folder Password Expert. What I like the most about it is that it is stable and does not bug down my system. I am on Windows 8 now, but I used it on Windows 7 too. You can download it from
bognaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
My favorite solution is TrueCrypt. Encryption, password-protected access and many other interesting features. And open-source

The best way forward is to use NTFS permissions which are native to Windows.

Secure it that way and no additional items are required.
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agwalshAuthor Commented:
@rigo2013 - where would I find the NTFS permissions? @bogna - will check out the TrueCrypt software..thank you
rigo2013Connect With a Mentor Commented:

If you right click the folder in question > properties > Security you can define who has permissions there.

Remove any you do not want to have access and add others.  As this is only a workstation and not a server you do not need to get too complicated with Grousp etc.

This is a flexible approach and puts you in control. It removes any application glitches from third party software and the allowed users seamlessly access the folder, no entry of passwords.  You can also audit access if you want to see who is trying to access.

Key advantage is that you need nothing new and all you need are yoru existing user accounts / passwords,
NTFS permission - Right click on the folder -> Properties-> Security,
and add user and rights
agwalshAuthor Commented:
@rigo - will try that. But essentially what it is doing is limiting other people's access to the folder (assuming it's on a workstation)...rather than password protecting that specific folder?
Am I correct?
mannyfernandezConnect With a Mentor Commented:
TrueCrypt.  Runs on Linux, WinDoze and Mac.
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