Maybe you don’t want everyone to see your private collection of photos, not even on your computer. However, hiding them is not a foolproof method, and the Internet is far from offering the security you need. To keep images to yourself, specialized applications like Privacy Photo Album let you secure your collection with a password.

You can go ahead and check out the set of features from the moment you finish downloading it, because there’s no need to go through a setup process to make the application work. This means you can carry it around on a USB flash drive for even more safety, and registries are not modified on the computer you use it on.

The first thing that shows up when the application launches is a prompt asking for a master password. There’s not built-in generator, so you need to think of something you’re sure to remember, and it’s not easy to figure out by others using the same computer.

File support is decent, and you can load pictures under formats like BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, GIF, and ICO. However, pictures can only be loaded through dialogs for individual files, or the content of an entire folder. This steps is found when creating a new album, for which you can only specify a name.

You’re free to create more albums, each being enlisted in the main window, with a scroll browser to preview containing pictures. The content of an album can be brought up for close inspection, with the possibility to start a slideshow. When creating an album, the application can also be set to shred original files, so they’re not found, with a built-in option for exporting existing albums.

Bottom line is that you can organize your collection of pictures in many different ways, and Privacy Photo Album is the type of application with which to secure it as well. Creating an album can mean shredding original files to remove traces, while picture manipulation is pretty intuitive when browsing through your secure collection.