Password Protect USB in Windows (Manually)

USB is the best way to carry valuable data because you can keep this small portable device with you quickly. But sometimes, you have to take sensitive data that needs to be protected from the access of any irrelevant person. To secure your data from the access of other people, you need to put a password on your USB files. Here is how to password protect a folder in USB containing all sensitive data by applying password manually in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

If you intend to move any file to your USB drive to carry it with you, the best way to protect its content from other people’s access is to add password manually without using any third-party tool. It always becomes tough to select a third-party app and then download and install it to your USB drive. So it is better to apply password manually especially if you are carrying Word or Excel files with you. You just need to take a few steps to use a password to these files. Here is how you can do so.

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  • If you have saved the file to USB drive, just open it and click “Tools” tab that can be seen in the row of the primary tabs of any document. At the bottom of the list, there will be a category “Options” that needs to be selected.
  • Now click “Security” tab in the third row at the end of the list that will open the security options before you.
  • Here, you need to look for  “Password to Open” option. Type the password you want to assign this file but keep it in your mind that you can use this password to open this file only. You cannot make any changes in the archive.
  • If you want to make modifications in the file, you need to click the option below Password to Open. That will be “Password to Modify”. You should type the password here too. It will allow you to make changes to the file. Click “OK” to save changes.
  • Now your file is password protected. You can try to open it by double-click the file icon in Flash drive. It will ask you to provide your password. When you try to modify it, it will ask you for the password once again. It shows you have fully secured your file from the access of other people.

Use the same way and apply a password to all of your files in USB drive to protect them adequately. If the USB is lost, you need no worries because the data in your USB drive will not be accessible by others.

So guys! That is how you can protect your data by apply password to every file individually. It is your choice if you want to apply different password on every file or you implement the same password to each of your records.

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