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Windows 7: Is it possible to password protect folders?


07 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Is it possible to password protect folders?

Is it possible to password protect a folder (or folders) in Windows 7 somehow?

I have several possible uses for this. One of them:

At work all my colleagues and myself uses a common computer. On this computer I've installed Dropbox with personal files. Although we all have our own user account on the computer, we all are administrators, meaning everyone can, if they want to, enter my Dropbox folder. I'd love to have a password on this folder so that only I can open the folder.

Thanks

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07 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

The cheap and easy way would be to password protect a zip file.
the software way would be
http://www.xoslab.com/efl.html
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07 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Thank you Rustberger,

That program was not exactly what I was looking for. I tried it and it did not let me work efficiently with my folders. For example I have to remember to lock the folders after working in them. It will not do so by itself after a given time.

Thanks for the help anyway!
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07 Sep 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

How about something like TrueCrypt?

TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders
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07 Sep 2012   #5

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

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07 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't know of any way that can be done on one computer with many having administration privileges. Any user with the proper knowledge could find your password on that computer. The best way I know of would be put your information on a external media and take it with you.
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07 Sep 2012   #7

Windows
 
 

Depending on the version of Windows, you can enable the built-in encryption (efs)
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07 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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07 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
It's always nice to see different scripts and this is a nice little work around but the big issue for me would be the password being in plain text, all you would need to do is look at the batch file to see what the password is.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Not used this software before but having read a little it does sound quite good.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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07 Sep 2012   #10

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 
Password protect folders

Assuming your username/password are secure, then...

RC on the folder you just created/Properties
SC on the Security tab, then “advanced”
‘uncheck’ the statement at the bottom of the dialog box which says ’Allow inheritable permissions, etc.
SC Remove
SC Add
fill in your user name
SC OK
SC “Full Control”
SC OK
be sure to delete "admin' permissions
close


Just be aware that if you forget your password, you're screwed. The admin can't help you.
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