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How To Password Protect A Folder

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:25 PM

The user wants to be able to password protect a folder in his My Documents. The folder has several subfolders and 80 some Word files. He is on NTFS. Is there a way to password protect a file?

Also, what does applying EFS to the folder by encrypting it do? How does encrypting the folder offer protection?

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 05:38 PM

You cannot password protect the folder but if the user has XP Pro you can encrypt the folder.
Check out this article; How To Encrypt a File in Windows XP.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 06:45 PM

The way XP and NTFS work, you don't password protect individual files and folders per se, but if you have a password on your account login then anything in your My Documents folder is going to be inaccessible to other users on the system if you are not logged in under that account. If you're using simple file sharing, this is done easily by right clicking on the My Documents folder, properties, sharing tab, and check the box "Make this folder private".

If you're using XP Pro or XPMCE, you can enable advanced file sharing to allow or disallow access to specific files and folders outside of My Documents to specific users or groups of users.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:39 PM

You could also use a third-party encryption program.
You can find a few in the Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps topic, under the File Encryption heading.

Another option would be to zip the file, and password protect it.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

The security measures offered by using NTFS aren't all that secure if the user is trying to keep things from being accessed by an Administrator.

But, the EFS will overcome this problem, and is secure enough to offer a decent degree of protection. Unfortunately, it is not available in XP Home.

If this is Home, then I'd suggest one of the apps mentioned in the link posted by tg1911.
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