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Is there a way to passowrd protect a folder on the network?  We are using windows 7.

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Richard
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You can secure a file/folder using sharing or NTFS security settings. Is this a domain or a workgroup?
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Hi Richard,

There are plenty of 3rd party programs out there to download that will password protect your folders.

IOBit have a new product that is still in Beta phase but worked pretty well for me. http://www.iobit.com/password-folder.html

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It's on the network domaine.
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If its on a domain the simplest way to protect the file/folder is to only give access to those users you want to access it. To do this you will need to access the security tab, remove inheritable permissions, remove all the current users and add only the users/groups you want to access the folder.
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I agree with Rhyseh. Folder permissions is the best solution.
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Microsoft used to have this software on windows 2000, but got rid of it from too many complaints about buisnesses locking themselves out of customer data. (Microsoft Private Folder)
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You could also take a look at TrueCrypt, www.truecrypt.org

Free, and has additional security options, including hidden folders and encryption.

Personally, I much prefer it to the built-in settings.


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If it doesn't need to be encrypted, just hidden from other users, it is as easy as changing permissions.  Go to Properties and click on the Security tab.  If you see Everyone, remove it.  Add the user(s) or group(s) you wish to have access and set the correct permissions for them using the checkboxes.  
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Thanks!
I work at public health and for leagle reasons things can't be accessable to IT administrators.  We have serval administrators who could access any data on the domaine.  I chose to place the information on an external HD and have the staff pass it around.  Our auditors suggested password protecting the documents on the domaine however we have too many documents.
Thanks All!!!
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Normally in situations where you do not want IT staff to access files and folders you would add user accounts in such a way that IT staff will receive an access denied message by default. This is easy to do, however IT admins can still take ownership of the object and change the permissions. To prevent them from doing this you can enable auditing on the folder, this means that any changes to permissions will be logged and will be picked up by your auditors.
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