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How Can I Password Protect Certain Drives/folders & Files?


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#1 yorocco7

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 03:50 PM

Sometimes I let other people uses my laptop. Sometimes I let my nieces & nephews watch movies or play games on my laptop. It always makes me nervous to let other people use my PC. I don't what anybody accidentally deleting/altering anything & I certainly don't want any "lil' eyes " stumbling onto any files that might be errr...hard to explain. Is there a safe way to password protect certain Drives &/or Folders on a drive &/or a certain File in a folder? I imagine there must be some easy way to do it. I just don't know how. It doesn't have to be Gov't rated security, just something that will foil a computer savvy 10year old. There is a password obviously you need to boot up windows upon start up. I want to be able to give them access to the system but limit some folders/files. ( besides my 10 year old cousin figured out my boot up password in 10 seconds)
A few side questions: If I can password protect a file or folder (say Scarface.avi) & I do a PC search for all video files will that file show up?
If so is there a way to protect the file & make it invisible to "video file search"?
If I were to get a password program that provides max. protection any suggestions on types, brands etc.. (my bro uses a PGP program)
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:07 AM

I should add, I googled the answer. When I go to the My Computer,folder,right click,properties,sharing. I can not check "Make folder private". Plus I want it to ask for a password if you try to access that folder.
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 02:14 AM

Go to this link and scroll down to the section that says File Encryption - there are several freeware application that you can use. Also, one easy thing to do is to put all the files you want to protect into a .zip file and then password protect that.

1. Using Windows Explorer, locate the first file you want to zip.
2. Right click on the file and select “Send To” and “Compressed (zipped) Folder.” This will create a new compressed folder with the same name as the file, except with the extension .zip.
3. Right click any other file you want to compress and select “Copy.”
4. Right click on the compressed folder you created in step 2 and select “Paste.” The copied file was pasted into the compressed folder. Repeat this until your compressed folder contains all the files you want.
5. Right click on the compressed folder and select “Explore.”
6. In “File,” select “Add a Password.” Enter the password and confirm the password.

Edited by Budapest, 10 August 2007 - 02:15 AM.

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 04:57 AM

Hi Budapest
Do you delete the original files after doing the above?
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 05:05 AM

If you do not want anyone to be able to see the files then yes, you should delete the originals (and then empty the recycle bin).
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