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password protect file in IE favorites

by ghost ryder / June 29, 2004 11:59 PM PDT

is it possible to password protect a file in IE6 favorites file? I want to keep that file away from my kids, but allow them access to the rest of the favorites files.

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Re: password protect file in IE favorites
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 12:07 AM PDT

If you are using seperate accounts and NTFS, each user's favorites are not viewable from the other accounts.

Try using this great feature of XP. -> Accounts.


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Re: password protect file in IE favorites
by ghost ryder / June 30, 2004 12:26 AM PDT

Thanks Bob. I do not have seperate partitions set up in XP. I found that in Win2K, it ate up too much disk space. Regarding Accounts, how do I get that set up? I am somewhat limited in my computer knowledge, however, I can usually figure something out if I have some directions.


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Try "Accounts" as in "users."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 12:35 AM PDT

Partitions are another subject and would not be applicable.


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by Cursorcowboy / June 30, 2004 11:27 PM PDT

1. You can create separate accounts for each person that will be using the computer which allows each user to have their own document folders and settings such as the wallpaper, Start menu, visual style, and so forth. You can create and configure user accounts with the "User Accounts" tool (Q279783) in Control Panel, but is not available on a computer that is a member of a Domain.

2. For a thorough understanding, please read through the TechNet article, "User Data and Settings Management - User Profile Structure", and the "User Profiles and Folder Redirection FAQ."

3. "You Cannot Select the "Make This Folder Private" Option (Q307286)" can occur for either of the following reasons:

a. The folder is not in your user profile (Drive_letter:\Documents and Settings\User_name, where Drive_letter is the drive on which Windows XP is installed and User_name is your user name). The Make this folder private option is available only for files in your user profile (the My Documents folder and its subfolders, and the Cookies, Desktop, Start Menu, or Favorites folders).

b. The Windows folder is located on a drive that is formatted with the FAT or FAT32 file systems. The "Make this folder private" option requires the NTFS file system "NTFS Preinstallation and Windows XP."

4. "HOW TO: Assign a Mandatory User Profile in Windows XP (Q307800)."

Note: When a user with an assigned mandatory profile logs off from a computer any changes to the profile are lost.

5. After upgrading a system from Win9x or Millennium Edition to WinXP Home or Pro and if user accounts were not set up initially, the "Fast User Switching" feature is not turned on by default.

6. Supplemental reading:

a. "How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile (Q811151)."

b. "How to Create and Copy Roaming User Profiles (Q314478)."

c. "HOW TO: Create a Custom Default User Profile (Q319974)."

d. "Error Message: "Windows Cannot Load the Locally Stored Profile" (Q812339)."

e. "User Accounts overview."

f. "Availability of the CopyProfile command-line tool to copy a Windows user profile on a Windows XP-based or a Windows Server 2003-based computer."

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Re: password protect file in IE favorites
by Sovereign Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 12:24 AM PDT

You could enable content advisor and simply block that URL so that without a password they can't view it.

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Re: password protect file in IE favorites
by ghost ryder / June 30, 2004 12:32 AM PDT

Sovereign, I have made a file with several different URLs contained within that file. Can it be blocked in the same manner? And if so, how would I go ablut doing it?

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Re: password protect file in IE favorites
by Sovereign Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 3:35 PM PDT

Well, if they don't know that URL and don't know the page to get to it, then they can't visit it but I think if they type it in they would still be able to. Go to INTERNET OPTION > CONTENT. Then click SETTINGS. At APPROVED SITES tab you can say which ones to block (or allow). If the kids are young, you can just give them 10 or 15 sites to visit and block the rest or just put the ones on you don't want them to see. Also go to the GENERAL tab and select "Supervisor can type..." that way you can type a password and view it one time. There are many different settings. At the end, just make sure you enable it. Good luck.

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