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Locking a folder so that it requires a PW to view it?

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Blegh, I need to lock my folder to hide some of my personal data. My whole family uses this computer and I don't want them snooping around.

I remembere there used to be a program that would do it for me, but that was a long time ago. Do any of yall know how to lock a folder that you can only view the contents with a password? Windows Vista BTW.

Kthxbai!
post #2 of 14
Do yourself a favor and learn to use truecrypt:

http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php
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post #3 of 14
You could make it private?
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post #4 of 14
If it is shared PC, create your own login account....
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post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by st33ve0 View Post
Do yourself a favor and learn to use truecrypt:

http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php
Best choice.

Why settle for just a folder when you can encrypt an entirely separate HD partition?
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1) Whoever sugggested true crypt is offering you a very nice solution, but it is a little bit more complicated than some methods. I use true crypt myself.

2) 2nd option. make sure that you have your own, personall, private login for the PC. (if everyone is currently using the same login, or auto login is enabled you'll need to go in and setup a 2nd account for yourself). Now right click on the folder you want to be private adn go to sharing\\security. Under sharing remove all named from the list, and then add ONLY your username. This will prevent anyone else from getting in the folder.

PS. This ONLY works with a Pro or better OS. If you're running any form of a home OS (xp home or vista home) there is a secret admin account that can be used to get into your folder. Also this method only really protects you from average users (which i'd assume your family is) any IT Pro could easily back door around this method of security, but this is a quick and simple setup for someone trying to keep their little sister out of their emails from their gf
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post #7 of 14
Easily sign on administrator in safe mode and find all of the hidden files and folders. I'm not sure about truecrypt software but i am sure that you can do that with folderlock and hidefoldersxp. Please verify this using truecrypt.
    
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post #8 of 14
Folderguard worked for me.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by whatsthatsmell View Post
Easily sign on administrator in safe mode and find all of the hidden files and folders. I'm not sure about truecrypt software but i am sure that you can do that with folderlock and hidefoldersxp. Please verify this using truecrypt.
only home verions of OS's have the hiddin admin account (which i already covered)....
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post #10 of 14
If there small files like txt you can just zip and password it. At least you can do it on xp, would make sense you can do it on vista. But if they're big files like porn use truecrypt.
    
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