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10 Jan 2010   #1
Janor

W7 Pro
 
 
Question for Experts...

hi
Is there a way to prevent someone from taking the ownership of a file? in other words I want to protect a certain file by changing its permission settings, but this protection can be bypassed if someone changed the ownership settings of the file (by using DOS commands for examples)


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10 Jan 2010   #2
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
have alook

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10 Jan 2010   #3
Janor

W7 Pro
 
 

That's how to take the ownership of the file...but I want to prevent this
thanks aw
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10 Jan 2010   #4
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Permission

if you take ownership and set up permissions correctly you can prevent changes
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11 Jan 2010   #5
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Set up a standard account with Parental Controls activated. Whoever you want to block from viewing the files will be under control from the Parental Controls.
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11 Jan 2010   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Basically this depends on what other user accounts are set up on your machine. Any Administrator can take ownership of any file, unless this is explicitly denied - if anyone knows this last part to be wrong, please correct me on this one. So, your choices are - either to limit everyone else's accounts so that they do not belong to the Administrators group, or specifically deny permissions to them.

To deny permissions - right-click on the file -> properties -> security -> advanced -> permissions -> change permissions. There you pick the username of anyone you want to protect the file from and click edit. There you can explicitly deny all kind of permissions, including "take ownership", scroll all the way down for this one.

The way I understand it, the explicitly denied permissions are more powerful than the defaults, so that if you do that, the other person would not be able to take ownership of the file.
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11 Jan 2010   #7
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

That file will never be protected as long as another administrator account is on the machine...

If you want to protect the file from the other users AND they don't have access to an admin account...just set the ownership to your User and set full control permissions to only yourself
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11 Jan 2010   #8
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

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11 Jan 2010   #9
Janor

W7 Pro
 
 

I know it can be done by creating a non-admin account but it is unpractical to set another account and put a password to mine just to protect a single file...
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11 Jan 2010   #10
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Janor View Post
I know it can be done by creating a non-admin account but it is unpractical to set another account and put a password to mine just to protect a single file...
Not unpractical because...would you want someone messing around on your user account?

It is a matter of security and privacy here...I know that my user account is my own and I don't want anyone else messing with it
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