However, I'm worried about personal files. I'll need to put them on the laptop, but I don't want anyone messing with them. I don't even want anyone to read them. There is the issue with networking but that's for another forum as you have a seperate subforum for networking questions. In this thread I want to talk about how to protect my personal files in case someone is actually using my laptop (whetever the cause).
I've found a few programs that claim to "password protect" folders, but they all have a price tag attached to them. I'm sure there is an easier way, or even a freeware program. I already thought of putting my files in a password protected zip or rar file, but that isn't very convenient because it's slow and less easy to browse in the case of images.