Password Files Protection on Win2000 server

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Please advise on what steps i should take in order to protect files using a password on win2k server? What features are available for use in win2k server itself without having to use a 3rd party program.
I would really appreciate it if anyone can answer it asap
Question by:idudez
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You can do this by simple NTFS permissions. NTFS is designed exactly for this.
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Apart from file permissions, you can Encrypt the contents of the folder/file so that only that particular user have access to it. No other user can read the folder contents.
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Encryption option is available in the folder properties > advanced option.
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Use 3rd party- if true security is the goal, there are free ones, winzip is great, much better than NT/2k's offers.

If your going to protect company secrets, use 3rd party, if your going to protect against a script kiddie, I still recommend 3rd party. EFS can work good, but can also bite you in the butt, and if someone logg's on to your PC where EFS is protecting a file/folder and then copies it over to a Fat32 drive, it is unencrypted. I have touched on this before... can't find the post...

Never use Office (excel,pwrpoint,word) to protect a file, weak weak weak. Other than that EFS as mentioned above is iffy. It's subject to low-level recovery's- someone running Un-delete can get the unencrypted version of the file or folder. Here is a neat tool, I like it, works good for me: http://www.securitysoftware.cc/apps.html
called LockFile, at the bottom.

HOW TO: Encrypt a Folder in Windows XP
HOW TO: Encrypt a File in Windows XP
Best Practices for Encrypting File System

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by:Dave Howe
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EFS is great for protecting files actually on the server (note that in 2K server export edition, EFS is usually 40bits encryption even if you have applied the "high encryption" pack) but useless if you want to transport those files on a CD and problematic if you wish to share them with a user on a network.

You might want to consider the free 7-zip package (www.7-zip.org) which is a winzip-style archiver, and in addition will encrypt with 256 bit AES on request. AES is considered extraordinarily strong encryption - far beyond the ability of even major governments to crack :)

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