Sometimes the best way to keep people from prying into your personal folders is to keep the folders’ existence secret from the get-go. That’s easy to do with’s Free Hide Folders.

The program lets you make any folder (and its subfolders and other contents) completely invisible with a just a little pointing and clicking. (Note: In Windows Vista, the program may not completely hide some known folders, like Music in the (MY?)Documents folder.) Free Hide Folders is password protected, so you are safe even if the bad guys know you are using the product. It also lets you back up your folders’ hidden states in case you have a system problem. And as the name says, it’s free.[tags] Windows, Privacy, Software, Security [/tags]