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  • Securing your data in Win XP Pro

    Dear ladies and gentelmen,
    Here is a way to secure your data against unauthorized access of other users. However, it may be an old trick, it really works.
    First you have to change your drive format into NTFS.
    After that, in this NTFS drive, make a right click on the file or folder you want to secure. Then go to file properties, and select "Advanced" tab. Here by checking the "Encrypt contents to secure data," you make your files unaccessible by other users.
    Hope it is useful.

    Till next time,

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    Re: Securing your data in Win XP Pro

    A good post, but please be very aware that, unless you take precautions, your encrypted data will be lost forever if the user account that encrypts it gets corrupted or lost.

    Make sure you understand about Recovery Agents before you even consider encrypting data.

    Tom
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Securing your data in Win XP Pro

      Originally posted by fabdi1983
      in this NTFS drive, make a right click on the file or folder you want to secure. Then go to file properties, and select "Advanced" tab. Here by checking the "Encrypt contents to secure data," you make your files unaccessible by other users

      XPs encryption app uses your XP logon password. A few reasons why this is not a good idea:
      http://loginrecovery.com
      http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net
      http://www.lostpassword.com/efs.htm

      You're better off with a 3rd party encryption tool. There's plenty of freeware out there which does a better job than M$s built-in encryption app.
      make xp behave:

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      • #4
        Re: Securing your data in Win XP Pro

        Too much can go wrong with EFS, so I never use it.

        I find Truecrypt to be a better solution. For it to fail, you have to lose the password... but even then there's not nearly as many variables that will result in data loss with that compared to XP's EFS.
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        • #5
          Re: Securing your data in Win XP Pro

          TrueCrypt is a great program for encrypting entire partitions (either virtual or real), but most people only need to encrypt a few megabytes of sensitive data (passwords, email, dirty pictures) and not their many gigabytes of music and movies.

          Storing data on different partitions based on encryption is inconvenient. If you have a folder with hundreds of pictures from your latest holiday, you don't want to set up a TrueCrypt container for the three pics you shot at the nude beach.

          For encryption of individual files and folders it's better to use apps like ShellCrypt and Cryptext.
          make xp behave:

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