How can I password protect a file?

  • PTI
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  • Updated: Sep 23, 2003 14:40 IST

Lots of other readers frequently ask this question. I recommend a two-fold approach. The first, never keep the files on a computer. Keep them on a CD or a USB pen drive. This way, only you will have physical safe-keeping and access to the files. Do not use floppies, as they are highly unreliable.

Keeping these files on your PC, especially when connected to a network or the Internet, makes it easy for anyone to copy them. If storing on a blank CD, create a 'multi-session' CD so you may further add new or modified files.

Second, encrypt and password-protect the files using PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). Get hold of free PGP tools at or at


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