[mswindowsxp] Re: Protect

  • From: Bill Beckett <Bill.Beckett@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 08:56:46 -0500

I can compress/encrypt folders but I don't see an option to set a password

> -----Original Message-----
> From: foofaraw in the middle [SMTP:foofaraw_in_the_middle@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 4:33 PM
> To:   mycomputerheadaches@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:      [mswindowsxp] Re: Protect
> If you set up your PC for multiple users, each user will not see the other
> files created by other users.
> Password protection of files has always been available in Windows 2000 or
> Windows XP, if the hard drive is formatted as NTFS rather than as FAT. But
> now there's a new way to password-protect your files in Windows Me and XP,
> regardless of your hard drive's format: Simply store sensitive files and
> folders in a compressed folder and use that folder's built-in password
> protection option.
> If you're using Windows Me, start by making sure that the folder
> compression feature is installed on your PC: Choose Start, Settings and
> click or double-click Control Panel. In the Control Panel window,
> double-click Add/Remove Programs and click the Windows Setup tab. Select
> System Tools and click Details. If there is no check mark next to
> 'Compressed Folders', click the box to check it; then click OK and follow
> the prompts to add this compression feature to your system.
> To compress a folder, right-click the desktop or inside any folder, and
> choose New, Compressed Folder (in Windows Me) or New, Compressed (zipped)
> Folder (in Windows XP). This adds a new folder in that location with the
> default name 'New Compressed Folder'. Type a name for the folder and press
> Enter. Double-click the folder to open it. Now open Windows Explorer or
> any folder window (if you have a Windows keyboard, press Windows-E to
> launch Explorer), and select the folders and/or files you want to
> password-protect. Use the right mouse button to drag the items into the
> new compressed folder. When you release the mouse button, choose Move
> Here. (If you left-drag, only copies will be added to the compressed
> folders, leaving the originals unprotected.)
> If necessary, click the title bar of the compressed-folder window to
> activate it. Choose File, Encrypt in Windows Me or File, Add a password in
> Windows XP. Type your desired password in the 'Password' and 'Confirm
> Password' boxes, and then click OK. From now on, only users who know the
> password will be able to open, extract, copy, or move the files and
> subfolders to another folder; Windows will prompt you for your password
> before permitting any of these operations. If you send the folder to
> people who don't have Windows XP or Me, they can uncompress the folder
> using a program such as WinZip, but they'll still need to know the
> password before they can access the contents. 
> Keep these things in mind when you add passwords to files and folders:
> "Private" isn't "impervious": Compressed-folder passwords keep files
> private, but they don't protect them (or even the entire compressed
> folder) from being deleted. If your sensitive files are important, keep
> backups of them in a safe place.
> Add files before protecting: All of the files in your compressed folder
> are password-protected at the time you create the password. Any files you
> add to the folder subsequently will not be password-protected, so make
> sure the compressed folder contains every file you need to protect before
> you create the password. To protect files that you add later, open the
> compressed folder and use the File, Decrypt or File, Remove Password
> command, and then the File, Encrypt or File, Add a Password command again
> to password-protect all the files in the folder. You could also compress
> individual files and give each its own password.
> Undo the lock: If you decide to remove the password protection from a file
> or folder, you have two options. The first is to extract all the contents,
> either by dragging the file (or files) out of their window or by
> right-clicking the folder and choosing Extract All (if you prefer the
> "wizard" approach). Your second option is to open the compressed folder
> and choose File, Decrypt (in Windows Me) or File, Remove Password (in
> Windows XP). Either way, Windows will prompt you for your original
> password.
> Keep folder contents a secret: A password-protected folder's file names
> are visible even though the files themselves are inaccessible without the
> password. To hide them, compress a folder inside another compressed folder
> and password-protect the topmost folder. Other users can open the top
> compressed folder, but not the subfolder holding the files.
> Protect files on Windows 98 and on OSs using the FAT file system: If you
> use Windows 98 or Windows 2000 with FAT rather than NTFS, you can use the
> free AxCrypt encryption program to protect your files. Browse to AxCrypt -
> AES-128 File Encryption, Compression to download a copy.
> http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,110663,00.asp
> Neil Atwood  wrote:
> Looks an interesting product, but it's an encryption utility, rather than
> a straightforward password-protection tool.
> FWIW, XP has encryption built in as an option on an NTFS partition.
> Regards
> ____________________________________
> Neil Atwood - Sydney, Australia 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of foofaraw in the
> middle
> Sent: Thursday, 4 March 2004 8:02 AM
> To: mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [mswindowsxp] Re: Protect
> Yes. Use MaxCrypt.
> Bill Beckett wrote:
> On XP home is there a way to password protect folders?
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