If you use XP with NTFS enabled, then set up different accounts for different users on the computer, the files in your account are pretty secure as long as you don't leave the computer while logged into your account. In XP pro, you can go further with user/group policies which can specifically allow user file rights. *nix systems can give you total control on a file by file basis. Any FAT drives can pretty much be read by anyone with some skill - password protected or not. On 5/18/2003 at 5:18 PM a whisper was heard, and the one known as Spider was rumoured to have uttered.... | George, | I'm a little confused as to how you are password protecting | files with | Windows XP. I can understand how you do it if you are within | software | like Word or Excel. There you certainly can set passwords to | restrict | access to the document. In Windows XP you only have file | level security | if you are using the NTFS file system. The security is that | you grant | permission's to users and/or groups. One can give varied | access to | different people. You might grant full access to some and | read rights | to others etc. Those you grant full access to can delete and | edit the | file and those you grant read access to can only read the | file. I know | of no other way to have file level security in Windows XP. As | for the | compressed folders, I think (not positive) that the compressed | folders | are simply Microsoft's version of Winzip. If you compress | with a | password you could email that to someone with Winzip and they | could only | open the file if they have the password. But without file | level | security, that zip file could be deleted by anyone with access | to the | system. | | Spider | | -----Original Message----- | From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx | [mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ron | Allen | Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 11:22 AM | To: George Cham | Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Protecting compressed file with a | Password | WinXP | | | | | 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 | GC> Compression future. I also now how to protect my files | with a | GC> password. 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. ********* And So It Was *********** 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.