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Protecting Files - 2 Computers - XP and W7


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 05:44 AM

I have two computers, a desktop at home (XP Pro) and a laptop that I take into my office (Windows 7.) I would like to protect one particular folder in two ways. First, I want to password protect my sensitive business folder so nobody wandering into my office can access that information. And I also want to encrypt a few folders at home so my personal data has a level of protection from internet intrusion. I'll be sharing these folders between both computers, an XP and Windows 7.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:20 PM

On XP you could just lock the desktop by password where no one could access the computer by pressing the Windows button + L but I don't have win7 so I don't know if that works on it or not. You could try and see. You may get direct recommendations later on but until then if you don't want to lock your desktop then I'd search on cnet for free password protection and encryption programs and compare the user reviews to see which ones would be the best to download.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:22 PM

the windows+L will work on windows 7 as well.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:25 PM

Good to know, thanks. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:25 AM

As I wrote: I would like to protect one particular folder.

I only want to keep ONE folder protected. I don't want to have to login every time I want to use the computer for normal functions.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:30 AM

ok here are two i found Caution YOU need to read the instructions on the one you chose, ok here they are they are free--> http://www.wincry.com/ and http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:51 AM

Since you have XP Pro, this will work for the XP machine: EFS (Encrypting File System)

You didn't say which version of Win 7 you have. Win 7 Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise also support EFS. If you have a different version of Win 7, you will need to find a 3rd party app, you can use google to find one.
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