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How to make a private folder

Hi all,

Is there any way to set password to open a folder or a similar way? Let's consider this scenario: I left my computer and go out, but do not turn off it or lock it. Then someone can easily uses it, and of course open some private folders.
In this case, I need a tool to set a somthing similar to password to open those folders.
Anyone has any idea? any help will be appreciated very much.
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Well your username/password alone is a way to prevent people from viewing your private folders.  Here are some other suggestions.

1. Make sure your password could not be easily guessed.  Use Uppercase and lowercase, Numbers, and symbols.

2. Set your screen saver to start within 5 minutes and make sure the "on resume password protect" checkbox is checked

3. Disable any local accounts on the computer which are not in use. Right-click My Computer, Manage, Expand Local Users and Groups.

4. Make sure you are not sharing your private folders. You will see a hand icon on the folder itself.

5. On the Folder, right-click and select Sharing and Security. Click the Security tab and click the Advanced button.  Uncheck "Inherit from parent the permissions that apply to child object..." and click OK

6. You should now be on the Security tab.  Make sure only your username is listed with Full Control checked. Depending if your computer is part of a domain or not. You can add the following account and Deny permission

If computer is NOT part of a domain
COMPUTER\Users ->  Where COMPUTER is your computer name
If computer IS part of a domain

DOMAIN\Domain Users -> Where DOMAIN is your domain name

7.  If you want an extra layer of security, you can encrypt the contents in your folder but I do not recommend this.  If you encrypt your folder, you will not notice any difference when you open your files; however, if someone else were to try and open the file they would not be able to.  If you wanted to share an ecrypted file, you would first have to un-encrypt.  To encrypt your folder, right-click the folder and select Properties.  Click the Advanced button.  Check the "Encrypt contents to secure data" and click OK.

Hope this helps.

I get the idea that you want to stop people from sitting at your machine while you are not there and having access to the folders in question while the system is still logged on with your user profile. In this case you really can't password protect a folder per se using the tools that XP has. If for some reason you can't or don't want to lock the workstation using a password protected screen-saver as has been mentioned or Ctrl+Alt+Del and clicking the Lock Computer button then you will probably need a third party utility to do this with.


Folder Guard helps you to keep sensitive files and folders safe and secure on your computer. It's highly configurable and very easy to administer, with excellent documentation readily available. An Explorer-style interface allows you to easily select folders to protect. You can choose to hide the contents of individual folders, tag folders and contents as read-only, or render them unavailable and totally invisible. The features work not only in Explorer, but also in any file dialog in other applications. The main program is protected by an administrative password, and you can assign individual passwords to gain access to protected folders. A separate program is included to let you quickly toggle the protection on and off.
Reviewed on May 17 2000.



Sentinel is an interesting security utility you can use to apply very specific restrictions to files on your PC. It runs from the system tray, enforcing restictions you've imposed on selected files and folders. The specific security options are available from a new tab the program adds to the Properties dialog box you can access by right-clicking any file or folder in Explorer. You can log and/or deny access to any unauthorized user that attempts to open, read, and/or write to files, and you can deny access to the contents of selected folders. An available control panel allows you to toggle this functionality on and off, and turn it off for a specific period of time. Other features include stealth mode and logging support. Sentinel is a snap to use, and provides the power and versatility you need to protect your sensitive data files.


Encryption Plus. Folders Freeware is a fast easy-to-use program that performs on-the-fly encryption. You just put your confidential files in a single folder and point-and-click. You don't have to think about security or remember anything except your password. Folders Freeware does all the work behind the scenes, encrypting and decrypting your files automatically and transparently as you use them. Super easy-to-use. Windows 95/98/ME and Windows NT/2000 compatible. Full-featured versions of Encryption Plus. for Folders are available for purchase in Standard and Enterprise editions.


Windows Security Toolkit

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Whether you are paranoid or just being cautious, a company called International Software Solutions wants to help. It offers a product called iProtect, a Windows-based software utility that can, with a couple of clicks, lock, encrypt, hide or shred files right on your desktop computer. iProtect keeps them confidential and prevents accidental deletion. "It's a good little tool for the end user," says Diana Kelley, senior security analyst at the Hurwitz Group.


Magic Folders  

Your invisible folders and files can't be deleted, viewed, modified, or run. For all practical purposes they don't exist. Use Magic Folders to protect your finances, taxes, business and personal documents. Others won't know these files exist and they won't be able to accidentally delete or modify them either. With Magic Folders you can turn your computer over to your children or co-workers without worrying if they'll delete, modify or view important files.


Steganos 3 Security Suite

02-23-2001 - The Steganos 3 Security Suite is a complete, easy to use security package. Steganos encrypts and conceals your data. The Steganos Safe is your secure hard drive, which disappears at the click of a button. Includes: Internet Trace Destructor, file shredder, e-mail encryption, password manager, and computer locking


Winlock is now freeware
Major features of WinLock:
Lock Windows at system boot
Lock Windows at suspend
Lock, Suspend or Shutdown easily with once click
Powerful schedule Shutdown/Restart/Suspend system
Autosave applications on Shutdown time
Autorun saved applications when system start
Autorun any applications when system start
Advanced power management
Windows List with Show/Minimize/Maximize/Hide functions
Process list with Icon/ID/Type/Priority/Kill functions
Powerful administration tools


Panda Secure

ARMORED PROTECTION for desktop and laptop computers. If you share your computer with other users, if your children waste time playing computer games, if you store confidential data on your laptop... then you need Panda Security.

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Panda Security allows you to:

 Restrict the use of your computers to specific users and time frames.
 Prevent the installation of inappropriate software (games, illegal applications, etc.).
 Block access to established configuration settings (Autoexec, Config, etc.).
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 Encrypt your e-mail messages and hard disk data.
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Icon Lock-iT 2000

Icon Lock-iT 2000 gives you the flexibility to lock an individual file or the entire contents of a folder. The process is very similar with both functions. When locking the contents of a folder, you simply right click on the folder name rather than an individual file name and select "Lock Files".

As this screen shot indicates, multiple files are listed rather than one. As an added convenience, you can review the files to be locked at this time and selectively uncheck any files that you do not wish to lock.



Right-click on empty space in the folder which you want to protect and select CUSTOMIZE THIS FOLDER, then choose CREATE HTML DOCUMENT FOR THIS FOLDER. Once the document is opened in Notepad, scroll down until you see <script language>="JavaScript"> Insert a blank line after this string. Then insert the following text.

Put a password in the place of YOURPASSWORD but leave the quotes. Save the document, exit Notepad,
refresh the folder (or hit F5), enter your new password, and the next time you try to enter that folder,
you'll be prompted for your password. If you enter a wrong password you'll end up in C: drive!

This works on Windows 98 and 2000.



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With Power Administrator, you can have absolute control over your computer's functions and restrictions. From blocking the access to certain folders or disabling programs of your choice, Power Administrator gives you the most out of your PC & network with incredible convenience. Whether you are a home user, business user, or network administrator, Power Administrator is designed around your needs, enabling you to perform a vast number of administrative changes with the click of a button.



Win 2000Server-only: This tool is included in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit only.

This tool is a GUI-based application that allows an administrator in a multi-user environment to restrict the access of ordinary users to a predefined set of applications on the network. Enabling application security using this tool will cause the system to reject any attempts by ordinary users to execute a program that they are not authorized to use.


Security Administrator

Protect your computer and restrict access to Internet with Security Administrator. This nice password-protected security utility enables you to impose a variety of access restrictions to protect your privacy and stop others from tampering with your PC.


Other considerations

The Crazy One
Windows key & L, lock the workstation !


Set the security on the folders to allow you access only, then log out.

Standard security procedures should require each user to have their own login, sharing logins is not a good idea, if they go browsing pron who gets the blame, and possibly the sack ?
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brifusgAuthor Commented:
Thank all of you.

Especial CrazyOne. Thank u very much for your huge and
relevant information.

brifusgAuthor Commented:
If I choose methods such as: lock, log off, or auto log off when being away,... then it's much easier. But, let's say you and your brother share one computer, one account the. If you do not want him to see your works, then only CrazyOne idea is suitable.
Btw, I choose magic folder software. That one is quite nice.

Once again, thanks u very much for your helps.

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