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#1 Billermo

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 11:06 PM

I'm trying to find a good free solution that will allow me to just LOCK a single folder. If possible, I want to avoid using a Microsoft product too, and I don't want something that is going to also encrypt the files that are inside the folder (it would be ok if that's included in the program but is something I can opt out of).

My situation is that I have a laptop at home that I do a lot of my work on, and I want to sync it with the computer at my school that I have to share with others. I've had a problem with some co-workers stealing my files from that computer. I have found a good solution for the sync (a service called Dropbox) that places a single folder on the computer that is synced with the same folder on my other computer. But now I also need to LOCK that synced folder on the computer at my workplace. The way Dropbox works, if that folder is locked, it' ok but just doesn't sync until you open the folder with the password. But as soon as you open the folder, it will sync. However, if the files inside are also encrypted (which changes the original file), then Dropbox detects that these are new files and deletes the originals, replacing them with the new encrypted files. That's a level of security I don't need or want.

So now I'm trying to find some kind of program that will just let me lock this one single folder.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks

Edited by hamluis, 08 December 2010 - 08:37 AM.
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:52 AM

Have you considered zipping, and password protecting it?
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Posted 11 December 2010 - 12:49 AM

Have you considered zipping, and password protecting it?


The way the sync program works, it syncs files individually and is able to quick-check to see if a file hasn't changed and thus ignore it -- the result is that sync time is short and sweet. There would be hundreds of files in this folder. Without zipping, the sync program (it's called Dropbox) quickly syncs just a few files that have changed and I'm ready to go. If ALL those files were zipped up together, then it would basically be forced to replace this one giant zip file from scratch every time it synced, which would take a heck of a long time. So that wouldn't be a very workable solution for what I want to use this for.

I had thought of making the folder hidden -- and that might work ok except that in most programs the most recent files are displayed (such as in Word) inside the program, which would be an instant and easy way for the thief to find the hidden folder. Also, if he searched in Windows Explorer using wildcards, he'd easily find my folder.




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