Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

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    bspkumar
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    #144380

    Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    I have some office data which is very confidential.

    I know “WinAbility MySecretFolder” software can do this well. But, it is not a free software.

    Could you please suggest me any free software like “WinAbility MySecretFolder”.

    #343907

    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    What OS? What filesystem? What sort of environment? Is this data held on a PC, or a file server, or a pen drive, or… ?

    Please give as much detail as possible when posting questions.

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    bspkumar
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    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    OS : XP SP3
    NTFS file system.
    My PC is not in a network. But, other people use my PC whom I don’t believe.
    The data is held on local hard disk.
    The data consists of different types of documents ( word, ppt, pdf..etc ).

    Thank you.

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    Dumber
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    #200387

    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    Different usernames or the same username?

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    bspkumar
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    #337637

    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    They are working on the same user account ( adminstrator ) that I’ve been working.

    Actually, they used to work in a guest account. But, due to the limitations of the guest account they are working on the admin account now.

    Thank you.

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    L4ndy
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    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    It doesn’t take much to create different user accounts. Any particular reason why it hould just be one account?

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    #200395

    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    Give them different usernames and passwords, make sure you use a own username/password and encrypt the folder or so.

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    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    bspkumar;180393 wrote:
    Actually, they used to work in a guest account. But, due to the limitations of the guest account they are working on the admin account now.

    As has been pointed out, give them their own accounts.

    Moving them from Guests to admins is a big elevation of privilieges – why do they need to be administrators rather than standard users? If necessary, you can modify individual filesystem or registry permissions to allow them to run legacy software. If permissions are set correctly then they won’t be able to access files in your account.

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    bspkumar
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    #337638

    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    I am not familiar with modifying the file system and registry permissions. Do performing the following steps will protect the files? If, not, please explain me how to give registry permissions…etc

    Thank you.

    Steps :

    1.Open up Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder that you wish to protect.
    2.Right-click on it and choose “Properties.”
    3.Click on the “Advanced” button.
    4.Under “Compress or Encrypt Attributes,” check the box “Encrypt Contents to Secure Data.” If you do not log on to your computer with a password, you will now be prompted for one.
    5.Click “OK” twice and you will now be able to log off and log back in. You will be prompted for a password when trying to access the folder.

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    Ossian
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    Re: Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

    Just a warning for encrypting data
    If this is a workgroup and you reset the password of the local user account you WILL lose access to your encrypted files unless you have taken steps to add a recovery agent first
    :google: will help with this

    Can I recommend you stop and think hard about your requirements and get a good consultant to help you. The cost will be more than repaid the first time something goes wrong and you can recover gracefully

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