[mswindowsxp] Re: Protect

  • From: "Neil Atwood" <natwood@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <mswindowsxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 08:43:34 +1100

Small correction foo...

"If you set up your PC for multiple users, each user will not see the other 
files created by other users."

By default, XP doesn't hide all documents from other users. Files stored 
outside a user's profile folder(s) are visible. Depending on how sharing and 
security is set up depends on the degree of access.

This sort of situation is why is it a better policy overall to master XP's 
permissions features, as data can be locked down very precisely and quite 
securely (for most purposes), without some of the uncertainties of encryption, 


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 8:33 AM
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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 

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 

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.

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.


Neil Atwood - Sydney, Australia 

-----Original Message-----
From: mswindowsxp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
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Sent: Thursday, 4 March 2004 8:02 AM
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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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