What do you know about passwords?

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gendo1

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Hey, I am running a win2k system with IE. All standard setup, home built system. (i'm downloading mozilla after reading the other threads). I am kind of in a problem though. I'm sure it's simple to fix, but i can't figure out what to do. I've got this particular file see... and when i go to LAN parties, i want this particualr file password protected. From any kind of access. How do i password protect just one file, rather than setting my screensaver password protection? I want to be sure that if people get curious and do sit down at my keyboard, they can look around, but not touch this file. Fill me in if you know!

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im not too sure if you can protect your files with default windows settings... i believe you need to purchase a software like this one or this perhaps?

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Be paranoid and lock the computer when away! Because none of these means is safe.

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  • Jul 03, 2004

Furikuu

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Got WinRAR? Put that file into a RAR archive and password it. Or you can probably do it with ZIP as well. Then you can't extract it from the archive to look at it unless you know the password. Make the password alphanumeric and with case changes and all the rest of it to make it too hard to guess as well...

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there is no such thing as locking files or folders in windows built in. You need some kind of separate programto do that. If you go away from your pc, just lock it. Then sit down and people cant go browse your files. If you share something through LAN from your pc, just dont share that file. simple as that.

gendo1

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Right, all of these solutions are things i have already tried or been through. Locking my comptuer gets too annoying, because it's one more thing to do. The WinRAR and Winzip programs are the same way. I know i can share only certain folders through LAN too. Is there any way I can prevent access to certain files without compressing them or locking my computer?

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i'm not sure about w2k, but with xp you can lock the screen/keyboard by pressing windowskey+L

  • Jul 03, 2004
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Dont know about Win 2000, but i know for Windows XP, if your harddrive is formatted as ntfs, (to check, rgo to My computer, right click on a hard drive, and click properties to see) you can right click on a file, click properties and you can enable encryption for the file. If it wont allow it to do it on a file, try putting the file in a folder and see if you can encrypt the folder. The only disadvantage of encrypting your file is if you forget your password, you are basically scrwed.

  • Jul 03, 2004

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2000 and XP support EFS .. but google for PGP ... and you get all you need.

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lol i used to have a program that would lock up specific things on my comp
but it got annoying... just log off your comp

  • Jul 03, 2004
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use any zipping program, like winace , winrar, winzip and then zip the file and password protect it..also in win XP u can encrypt the folder and password protect it, you have to go into that folder options and then i'm sure you'll find out how.

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Other than 'zipping' the file you could also put the file in your virus quarentine zone (if you have an anti-virus program).

the only draw-back is that the files may be destroyed by whatever else is in the folder...

...but you'd have to be crazy or a pretty good hacker to mess around in some-one's quarentine zone.

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You could use an encryption program or use built-in Windows XP file encryption. You need to use TweakUI to see "Encrypt" on the context menu of files.

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  • Jul 06, 2004
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I'm not sure about Making a password for one file... but a friend of mine downloaded a program that will allow you to make "magic folders"

i don't know how it works... but it turns them invisible or something... so that people can't find them.

If he wasn't making fun of me and it does exist... sounds like that kind of thing would be very helpful for you.

  • Jul 06, 2004

gendo1

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I love that idea, Leonryushin! That's what i will do. Good call.

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Quote by LeonryushinOther than 'zipping' the file you could also put the file in your virus quarentine zone (if you have an anti-virus program).

the only draw-back is that the files may be destroyed by whatever else is in the folder...

...but you'd have to be crazy or a pretty good hacker to mess around in some-one's quarentine zone.

If they are actually looking for the file its relatively easy to get to as most virus scaners have a way to get files out of the quarentine.

  • Jul 10, 2004
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I juz leave the screen saver with password on >.<

  • Jul 10, 2004

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just put it in an encrypted folder and in an encrypted archive..

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Easiest thing to do is have your file system NTFS and encrypt the file, only people who log into your username will be able to open the file.

Or you could make another user with a password, a system user not a computer user - you can do this inside administrative tools - encrypt the file via the new user. and every time you want to open the file you would have to 'open as user' and supply the password for the user.

  • Jul 10, 2004

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