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Windows 7: Why MS doesn't include file, folder protection feature?

27 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joel406 View Post
Password protecting files dosent always mean they are safe. I personaly have software the will decrypt encrypted files and folders.

Just pull the HD and USB it to my laptop and in 5min I'll have your stuff on my screen. And for all you apple is the more secure platform fanboys out there I can do yours to.

Back to the subject. Security is great. But theres really nothing you can do when the tools to break everything are out there for the useing.
Yeah, but isn't that like saying why lock your home some one could just kick the door in or pick the lock. It lowers the chance of that file being viewed by anyone you don't want.

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27 May 2010   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7en View Post
Thanks for your suggestions but Folder Lock is shareware, about 40$ !
With you original post, I agree that I would like to see file-level encryption added, however, MS thinking is that permissions and rights is the way to go.

I did read a favorable report on another, new product which also costs money, I believe $29, from the same company as the Zone Alarm people.
Here is the link to their product:
ZoneAlarm DataLock
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27 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Just use Truecrypt. Its the ultimate free encryption program.

TrueCrypt - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

I've been using it last 4-5 years, works great and very customizable.
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27 May 2010   #14
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Well, you can do a couple things:

You can zip the file and password protect it.

You can keep it on a FD or other removable media off the system.

You can d/l a freeware like Glary Utilities and it has a built in File Encrypter/Decrypter (as well as some other good tools)

"When life hands you lemons, ask for Tequila and salt, then call me"
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27 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Maybe I'm missing somehting but why is there a need for this? [edit] Or rather why would there be a need for this to be built in?[/edit]

User accounts /automatically/ lock all user files and user created files and folder to that account. The built in ACLs do this for you automatically, though the default is rather loose, i.e. you can still see files but not change them but you can fix that by changing the read permissions for "others" for that folder if you want.

The only way I can see this needed is if you have muclitple people sharing a single account and want to protect "your" files from the "other" user. But just use multiple accounts and it works automatically.

And yes if you REALLY want to protect files, use the built in encrypted folder feature.
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27 May 2010   #16


some people maybe overprotective. when you have something secure,they always be the opposite,people can hack. Just like many members mentioned in earlier post .There;s a limit on how to be secured though :)
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27 May 2010   #17
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Probably the safest way to protect your files is keep them on removable media, off of anything that has public or net access.

Anything that can be encrypted can also be hacked, given enough time.
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27 May 2010   #18
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10

Here's another suggestion for you: AxCrypt | Free Easy to use strong file encryption, integrated with Windows Explorer. Encrypt, compress, decrypt, wipe, view and edit with a few mouse clicks. AxCrypt | Security Download | PCWorld
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