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how to protect personal data when your pc is in repair

I have another question re: security of personal data and document files. I have windows xp Home edition and when my computer goes into the repair shop, I am always asked for my password, which in turn gives the technician access to all my files.....and also my email in outlook express. Is there a way that my private files remain private without everyone reading them?
I have tried to put my document folder into a win zip file, but it doesn't work.. because I can't put a password on the zip file.

Any suggestions please?
Sabina.

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Winzip self extracting file

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You should find this in the winzip programs folder - first make a normal zip then convert to a self extracting zip which gives the option of a password.
Alternatively copy your data to a CD w/r.
Peter

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Copy your data

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on a CD, DVD or USB drive and remove it from your computer. Depending on what the repair involves, your data may be lost if they need to reinstall the operating system. Plus, you should be saving anything important away from the hard drive on a regular basis.

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Protecting your files

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Aussie and glb613 gave you excellent information. I would add that you purchase an external USB hard drive. The cost is under a $100 for a large 100GIG or more hard drive. Back up all your files on a regular basis.
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