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Assigning Passwords To Folders In ME

by tvdasan / June 22, 2005 2:42 AM PDT

Can anyone explain the proceedure to block access to certain folders in Windows ME with passwords? I've tried following the the help files included with ME but they ask me to click on tabs that don't exist: for example the help files say to click on the 'sharing' tab after clicking file, then properties. There is no such 'sharing' tab on any of the dialog boxes that come up on my computer.


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Such only occurs ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2005 2:57 AM PDT

Across network shares. The DOS based Windows do not have such a feature and I never suggest that people add it because of the many times people forget the password or when they move to another OS and the folderlock software fails to make the migration.


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Password Protectecting Folders
by tvdasan / June 23, 2005 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Such only occurs ...

Dear Mr.Proffit,

thanks for taking the time to comment on my question. However, I am still at a loss to know how to keep prying eyes away from some sensitive data I have on my computer. My computer is sometimes used by others, and I would like to feel confident that I can hide or otherwise block access to these files. Any suggestions?


R Perry

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2 methods.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2005 3:18 AM PDT

1. Use a BIOS PASSWORD to keep people off the machine.

2. Put the data on an USB memory key or CDRW.

This OS is not a secure OS. And the folderlock software has resulted in posts here pleading for help how to recover it. It is possible for a price (see ) so be prepared to pay up if you forget your folderlock password.

If you moved to Windows XP, then some security is there, but I can share I've booted the KNOPPIX CD and shocked some IT staffers by browsing to and opening documents they claimed I should not be able to open.

Best bet? Keep such off the machine.


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Re: 2 methods
by tvdasan / June 24, 2005 2:26 PM PDT
In reply to: 2 methods.

Dear R Proffitt,

Thanks for your help and advice. I think transferring the data to a USB memory key is the way to go. Thanks again!

tv das

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Putting p/w's on files like m/s word
by dangercat / June 26, 2005 10:49 AM PDT

This might not be what you are looking for but here goes:

Open up "My Documents", then go File > New > Compressed Folder, make one of those, then drag whatever files in there you want, it puts a copy in there AND leaves the original also, so i think it is ok to delete that, then you go to "Encrypt..." put in a p/w, then when you want to open up that file, you need to enter the p/w

It works ok with m/s word, you can do it with say music or videos, but it will take ages to do

Try it and see

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