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Password protecing folders

by behnazutx / December 4, 2008 1:35 PM PST

Is there a way to password protect particular folders on XP? I have just two Users on my computer, myself and Guest.. I want a password protect a particular folder so that regardless of how I'm logged in, one would have to type in a password to access the contents of a folder. I want to eventually back up the contents of this folder on an external hard drive. Is there a way to password protect the folder on the external drive as well?


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by Jimmy Greystone / December 4, 2008 1:50 PM PST

Nope, this is not a feature of the operating system. There are various third party programs that offer such, but each one will crumble if you know how to attack them.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 7:50 PM PST

The concept and method in Windows XP is that your logon and that password is the passkey to the system. So it's MUDDLED THINKING to password a folder. There is a nice, documented and supported method to use ACCOUNTS to restrict who gets to what files.

Why muddy the waters?

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