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Password on a folder?

by Predator / October 9, 2004 12:03 AM PDT

Can I add a password on a folder on WinXP? I have a folder on my computer where I keep all kinds of business related files and I want to make it password protected if possible...
Does anyone know how?

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Not really
by Yew / October 9, 2004 12:30 AM PDT
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You can use NTFS permissions to keep people out, and there are various encryption programs avaliable on the Internet, but that's about as close as you can get.

You'd really be better off storing such data on a CD-RW disc, Zip disk, or some other sort of removable media. That way, you can just buy a safe or safety deposit box, and store the media there. The data isn't even on the computer at all this way. So even assuming someone wanted the data you have enough to hack into your system, there would be nothing for them to find.

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Re: Not really, agreed with
by pixman / October 15, 2004 2:42 AM PDT
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The ONLY truly safe method for sensitive data is keeping it on a read only CD or a USB stick. This takes a little more effort but the peace of mind is worth it to me. Just simply do not keep that stuff on your drives. I mean really, how difficult is it to drop a CD into a tray or plug in a memory stick?

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Re: Password on a folder?
by mohscorpion / October 9, 2004 5:01 AM PDT
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hi
i think its better for you to use virtual drives that support encryption and passwords such as BestCrypt .
it's a very secure way to store important data .
ntfs encryption is fine but not very secure because it can be cracked easier by professionals and at last microsoft oses are not very secure .
good luck

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Re: Password on a folder?
by jdorisco / October 9, 2004 7:21 AM PDT
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You can right click the folder and send to: compressed (zipped)folder. Once you do that, you can add a password from the folders file menu. Then delete the previous "uncompressed" folder. I don't know how safe/secure this is.

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Re: Password on a folder?
by greavsie / October 9, 2004 5:07 PM PDT
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Not aware of any way to put a password on a folder, but if you are concerned you could change the file to HIDDEN, then when you want to use it again click on TOOLS/FOLDER OPTIONS/VIEW. Alternatively you could Encrypt the folder, a good free encryption tool can be found at http://www.handybits.com/default.htm

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