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Is there any way to keep folders truly private?

by Aronaldoa / August 12, 2015 5:29 PM PDT

I think MS has been doing this for awhile, but I want to make sure that any solution works for Windows 10: Any administrator account can muscle into another user's folders. It doesn't matter that the folder isn't shared, or how many times you manually remove the shared access, because the only barrier to entry is a pointless warning prompt. The only thing you can do really AFAIK is manually deny permissions for specific accounts in the security tab of a folder's properties.

But there's nothing stopping an administrator account from making another account that hasn't been blacklisted. And you can't deny the Administrator group unless you want to be locked out of your own folders, since the group denial will trump your user access. Hope I'm missing something here....

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Just one thing. It's a PC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2015 5:47 PM PDT

PC = Personal Computer so if you have physical access to a PC you are God.

But let's say you want to take your files with you. Why not put them on a few memory sticks?

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by Aronaldoa / August 12, 2015 6:12 PM PDT

It's true that anyone with physical access and enough craftiness has always been in that position of 'God'. But I'm not trying to keep out hackers in the room, just tenacious snoops. XP allowed you to very straightforwardly make folders user-exclusive. That's long gone, I guess. Classic Microsoft.

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That's news to me. I have an IT staffer that thought that
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2015 6:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Well...

Then I booted up a Live Linux CD (today we use DVD or USB) and Linux ignored Windows "keep my folders private" settings.

That was a fun day.

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