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Password Protect Windows XP Folders

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#1 +John Teacake

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 18:53

Whats the best freeware available to password protect Windows XP folders. I'm thinking there must be something on Sourceforge. What are your recommendations?

#2 arachnoid


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 18:59

Im curious why your specifying XP as most will encrypt folders without reference to the OS ?

#3 OP +John Teacake

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:26

Because the users have XP!

#4 _dandy_


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 19:37

You don't "password-protect" folders.  You assign access rights to the folder to individual users and/or groups.  Look up Access Control Lists.


...and that's not XP-specific; this is a function of NTFS and it's worked this way for a long, long time now.

#5 +BudMan


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 20:52

If you wanted to encrypt folders you would use EFS.. XP supported this


What is the end goal here? If you looking to encrypt data via 3rd party solution I would look to truecrypt.

But without knowing details of what your wanting to accomplish its hard to say.. What I can tell you from experience is you let the user "encrypt" what will end up happening is they will lock themselves out of their own data and then blame IT to why they can not get access to their files.

efs can bet setup so their is always a recovery option that can be outside the users control.

#6 sc302


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 22:17

Don't make users administrators of the computer and lock out the folders based on what user is logged in. That would be the cheapest. Next would be to encrypt folders or partitions.

But maybe if we knew a little more we could recommend something better.