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Windows 7: Password Protect just a File or Folder?

05 Apr 2018   #1
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
Password Protect just a File or Folder?

Short version: How do you password protect just a file or folder?

Long Version: My BetterHalf is making me think of the unpleasant subject of "what if something happens to us?" Statistically, we have a long time to go, but who knows? ..we could get hit by a meteorite tomorrow.

So I figure I would/should protect what little 'sensitive data' we have, leaving the rest of the computer usable for a family member or the like. (Like leaving photos, home movies, and the like intact.)

Any ideas or suggestions?
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05 Apr 2018   #2
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

rar or zip the file/folder with a password. no fuss/no muss, presto!
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06 Apr 2018   #3
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Truecrypt or it's successor Veracrypt can create encrypted containers that to Windows just look like large files.
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06 Apr 2018   #4
NerferMCGamer

Windows 8.1 32 bit with dual-boot (Windows 7 32bit)
 
 

Before I'll start, It can cause ban while posting .bat code?
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06 Apr 2018   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I second the idea of VeraCrypt. It's widely known for making safe storage of sensitive data, without ever hitting the disk, and a somewhat convenient way of mounting containers as drives or even full-disk encryption if you're really worried.

Of course, your data is protected as safe as your password is strong, so use a good password, or even better, a password manager.

Maybe being hit by a meteorite is hard enough to bother, but being hit by a bus is a realistic risk


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NerferMCGamer View Post
Before I'll start, It can cause ban while posting .bat code?
I don't think so, why would you be banned for that? As long as you have legal permission to post it (ie it's yours or have a proper license/attribution) and doesn't do anything illegal, I think it's completely fine. We see code fragments here from time to time.
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06 Apr 2018   #6
NerferMCGamer

Windows 8.1 32 bit with dual-boot (Windows 7 32bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
I second the idea of VeraCrypt. It's widely known for making safe storage of sensitive data, without ever hitting the disk, and a somewhat convenient way of mounting containers as drives or even full-disk encryption if you're really worried.

Of course, your data is protected as safe as your password is strong, so use a good password, or even better, a password manager.

Maybe being hit by a meteorite is hard enough to bother, but being hit by a bus is a realistic risk




I don't think so, why would you be banned for that? As long as you have legal permission to post it (ie it's yours or have a proper license/attribution) and doesn't do anything illegal, I think it's completely fine. We see code fragments here from time to time.
Anyways, I will not post the code, I think it can cause ban, (also I think its illegal that may jailbreak me)
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06 Apr 2018   #7
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NerferMCGamer View Post
Anyways, I will not post the code, I think it can cause ban, (also I think its illegal that may jailbreak me)
Then why advertise it
Encryption of own data on own systems is never illegal, it's your own data, the basic right of privacy (unless you live in a dictatorship that supresses basic human rights).
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06 Apr 2018   #8
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for the tips; I'll give Truecrypt a look.
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06 Apr 2018   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TDKMate View Post
Thanks for the tips; I'll give Truecrypt a look.
Truecrypt is no longer supported. Veracrypt is very similar—it is based on Truecrypt—and is very safe to use.
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06 Apr 2018   #10
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TDKMate View Post
Thanks for the tips; I'll give Truecrypt a look.
Keep in mind that whatever size you set the container for is how much of your hard drive it will take up. If you set it for 4 gb then it will take up 4 gb even if you have less than 1 gb of files in it.
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