Protect windows Xp Pro folders

Posted on 2005-05-02
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Is there anyway or program that i can use to password protect a folder ?
i want it 2 be like this,my documents you enter the folder,inside u can see a grup of folders,when u double click on this folder,it asks u to enter a password ! thats it,so i dont want the folder to be hiden with passowrd ! i just want it to be in the same place,same format ,its just that u cant get inside it without entering a password!
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Have you looked into setting the NTFS permissions for the files/folders?  Windows has built in security that is much more secure than setting a password....you can control who has access to any file/folder and what type of access they have (read, write, everything except delete, etc....there are lots of combinatins).

If someone doesn't have access....when they click on the folder they will get an "access denied" error.  You can get much more complex and control access much more in depth with the security permissions vs. setting a password and it doesn't require any 3rd party tools :)
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by:Rich Rumble
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You can use windows EFS to encrypt the files/folders you want, and if any person who isn't permitted to decrypt the files, they will be prompted for a username and password. However when you go into the file/folders, you will not be prompted due to the the encryption being intergrated into the username. Basically EFS uses the fact that your logged into the pc as the token that decrypts the files/folders "seemlessly" without prompting you.

EFS is ok for protection of documents and files/folders... but the data can be recovered if someone has physicall access to the HD or PC, your password can be reset with a boot disk, and your files will be decrypted when that person uses your username and the new password accesses them. The password you use isn't part of the encryption, meaning the password is not the key it's looking for, it's only looking for the username, and to see that the user is sucessfully logged in.

I recommend Steganos Security Suite for protection over M$ EFS. It's cheap and has plenty of features:
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