Windows 98 doesn't have NTFS file system and isn't a secure operating system, so the only way to limit file access is to limit the specific folders shared. In addition, unlike XP & 2000 you can create a sharing password on each of the folders shared.. Many network admin think they need to share the entire "C" drive when in fact, you only need to share specific folders/directories. Only share those folders you want seen. ON a Windows 98 machine, RIGHT click on the specific shared folder, click on "Sharing", then create a password to that particular folder. Users attempting to access the shared folder will be required to enter a password.
On Windows 2000/XP with NTFS file systems, you should be able to limit access to ONLY those specific users of choice. First, don't share the entire C drive if you don't have to. Next, as an example on XP PRO, for those folders/directories that are shared, RIGHT click on the folder, choose "Sharing and Security", then click on the "Permissions" button. At the next screen, remove the "Everyone" listing. (Or maybe you want to leave the "Everyone" listing but only give everyone "Read" permissions.) Next, "ADD" those users or groups that you want to have access and give those specific users "Full" permissions..
Hope this helps.
I have a work related question. Three of the offices are networked as a workgroup. All of the files are available and accessible by each department through My Network Places. I tried to password protect the folders but I was unsuccessful. I also created a new folder on the desktop, but still the desktop is accessible by each department. My question is, how do I make these folders protected by a password so that only each individual department can access their files? There is a mixed bag of OS such as Windows XP Professional and Windows 98 2nd Edition. I also run backup travan tapes on each department so I would need the folders to be accessible during those times, but if all it would take is to enter a password that would be fine. Sorry if I am missing any important information here. I can tell you more info if you need it. Thank you.