Hello George, I'm sorry, I don't have time to research or test this just now, but I'm pretty certain that it has to do with the permissions. In Windows XP, if you have it set up right, what you have access to depends entirely on your account. An Admin has access to everything, user accounts have limited access but always have access to their own files. I suspect that if you create and password protect the file, and then switch to a different user account, you would need the password to open it. If I'm wrong, I hope someone else here can explain it to both of us :) Ron Saturday, May 17, 2003, 8:23:23 PM, you wrote: GC> I've just discovered that I can create a zip file using winXp Compression GC> future. GC> I also now how to protect my files with a password. GC> What I don't understand is. GC> If I add a password to a compressed zip file, Anyone can open it, And anyone GC> can deled the folder or files. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.