Posted 05 April 2006 - 03:24 AM
I have created a little walk-through for you to help you with this, but considering you are almost head of IT, it should be a doddle..
To password protect your files:
Firstly, you will need to create a compressed folder. To compress a folder, right-click the desktop or inside any folder, and choose 'New, Compressed Folder' (in Windows Me) or 'New, Compressed (zipped) Folder' (in Windows XP) Type a name for the folder and press Enter. Double-click the folder to open it.
Now open Windows Explorer or any folder window (if you have a Windows keyboard, press Windows-E to launch Explorer), and select the folders and/or files you want to password-protect. Use the right mouse button to drag the items into the new compressed folder. When you release the mouse button, choose 'Move Here'. (If you left-drag, only copies will be added to the compressed folders, leaving the originals unprotected.)
If necessary, click the title bar of the compressed-folder window to activate it. Choose File, Encrypt in Windows Me or File, Add a password in Windows XP. Type your desired password in the 'Password' and 'Confirm Password' boxes, and then click OK. From now on, only users who know the password will be able to open, extract, copy, or move the files and subfolders to another folder; Windows will prompt you for your password before permitting any of these operations. If you send the folder to people who don't have Windows XP or Me, they can uncompress the folder using a program such as WinZip, but they'll still need to know the password before they can access the contents.
Hope this helps you,
If you are pleased with the service I have offered, you may like to consider making a donation.