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Faster way to password-protect individual files/folders

Q: Faster way to password-protect individual files/folders

Is there a faster way to password-protect folders than the ones I already know, such as AxCrypt or putting in a zip with 7Zip? I have a lot of huge files and it would take too long.

I do NOT need powerful encryption for these particular files. No hacker is ever going to get them; it's only to keep out my roommates who use my account on my computer. For various reasons setting up separate accounts is not an option.

I"m wondering if there's some way that's not as secure as AxCrypt because that's overkill for me but would still add a password and do it quicker.

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A: Faster way to password-protect individual files/folders

I have installed software that can encrypt/ decrypt individual files/ folders or multiple files/ folders. It's pretty easy to use via drag/ drop folders/ files that you want to encrypt (accepts multiples) or select via right click context menu.

Right click a file/ folder to encrypt/ decryptDrag 'n' Drop multiples to encrypt/ decryptEncryted files have .pcr extensionIf you use the main program window to decrypt files or multiple files it totally and permanently removes encryption and restores the default file extension.

If you decrypt via click and open - you are asked for a password to open the file and it remains encrypted when you close the file.

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Hiya all.

At work I have setup a usb hard drive on the router and have mapped the drive on our users windows 10 pc's.

I am creating two folders on the drive. One for general use and one for sensitive files.

If it is possible I would like to password protect the folder with the sensitive files so that only authorised users can access it by entering a password.

Please can you help?

Many thanks in advance.
 

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I have a shortcut to my HOSTS file on my desktop for ease of access because I edit it regularly.

However, little mischievous people may go into this if I am not on my computer and be a pain. Therefore, I want a way of protecting it from opening up in it's main application.

I don't really need it to be sophisticated, it is not to prevent hackers etc, it is merely to stop people having instant access to it from my desktop.

I doubt there is any built-in feature of windows, therefore what third-party applications can do this?

A:Password protect individual files

just create your own account and keep them in your documents folder. nobody will have access as long as they do not have admin privileges. or keep them on a flash drive. I would strongly urge you not to password protect individual files because you could forget the password and lose access to the files. this forum is full of locked threads because of users wanting help with forgotten passwords when they were trying to protect files.

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does anybody know how to set a password on individual files in windows so that you can only view the files if you have entered the right password? is it any different from XP to Vista? thx
 

A:Password protect individual files

There are a huge number of file encryption programs available, many freeware. Why don't you just google for 'file encryption' or look here http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/security/fwencrypt.html
 

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I was wondering what are my choices for password protecting individual files or folders? I'm using Windows XP Home SP2 and the drive is NTFS. Do I need a program to do this if so which ones do you like or can Windows do it.
Thank you in advance!!

A:How to Password Protect Files and Folders?

DirLock
http://www.astalavista.com/index.php...detail&id=5658

Or use any of the freely available encryption programs.
http://axcrypt.sourceforge.net/

You could also password protect a zip file. XP has the ability to create zip files and then password protect them.

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How to Password Protect your Files and FoldersDo you have files and folders on your computer that you absolutely don?t want anyone else to see? Or do you even carry important documents on those easy-to-misplace USB drives?Digital InpirationCheersKarstenHansen

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Sometimes I let other people uses my laptop. Sometimes I let my nieces & nephews watch movies or play games on my laptop. It always makes me nervous to let other people use my PC. I don't what anybody accidentally deleting/altering anything & I certainly don't want any "lil' eyes " stumbling onto any files that might be errr...hard to explain. Is there a safe way to password protect certain Drives &/or Folders on a drive &/or a certain File in a folder? I imagine there must be some easy way to do it. I just don't know how. It doesn't have to be Gov't rated security, just something that will foil a computer savvy 10year old. There is a password obviously you need to boot up windows upon start up. I want to be able to give them access to the system but limit some folders/files. ( besides my 10 year old cousin figured out my boot up password in 10 seconds) A few side questions: If I can password protect a file or folder (say Scarface.avi) & I do a PC search for all video files will that file show up? If so is there a way to protect the file & make it invisible to "video file search"? If I were to get a password program that provides max. protection any suggestions on types, brands etc.. (my bro uses a PGP program)Thanks!=======

A:How Can I Password Protect Certain Drives/folders & Files?

I should add, I googled the answer. When I go to the My Computer,folder,right click,properties,sharing. I can not check "Make folder private". Plus I want it to ask for a password if you try to access that folder.
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I am running Windows XP Pro and also have a large number of files and folders on an NAS Drive (SimpleTech 160GB NAS). I would like to lock some of the folders and some specific files with a password.

Win XP does not seem to have this as a native feature. I think!!

Which would mean a 3rd Party software? Any good free ones out there?

A:Password protect files/folders on HD and NAS Drives

You could give this a try:
(Trail tho)

http://www.fspro.net/hide-folders-xp/

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Hi

What's the best password protect protect software for folders?

Also if the password was forgotten or lost..would there be any way to acceess the file?

Thanks.

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Does anyone know if it is possible to password protect individual folders in XP SP-2. I would like to keep snoops out of my folder with financial data, but don't want to be bothered with having to enter passwords for all my other folders in Explorer to access them.

Thanks
Floyd

A:Password Protecting Individual Folders

I know you can do it with a program called Folder Lock. It is a pay program, but I think you get a trial period.http://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/I use it for some folders.

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Hey guys,

Is there a way to password protect an individual folder or file rather than needing one to initially sign in? In the same line, is there a way to password protect a floppy disk?

As usual, thanks for your feedback.

Jeff
 

A:Password Protection for Individual Folders

One choice is to compress the folder and then password protect it. Files can usually be saved individually with a password within their program. If you are using NTFS then they are controlled by the system.
 

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Just what it says on the tin. Is there anyway of password protecting individual folders on an external hdd that I share between computers?

Basically, I have all my MP3s in one folder, and all my banking and private files in another. I want the MP3 folder to be useable by anyone, while I want a basic password to block the private folder just to stop casual observers. I plug my hdd into a few computers. How would I go about doing this? If I buy a license for something like Storagecrypt will I need to buy one for each computer I use my external hdd on?

Thanks for any guidance!
 

A:Password Protecting Individual Folders on a Shared Ext HDD

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I have been scanning up photos in Windows 8 and now windows 8.1. Unfortunately I forget and left the system open for more than 4 hours and it upgraded itself. At any rate in going back to check some of the photos I had scanned, they are no longer in their folders and have disappeared completely. I did searches, etc and nothing. I was also in the middle of scanning a bunch of photos when suddenly the message came up that the folder I was scanning to was no longer there. An hour later I finally located the entire folder and scanned photos in the recycle bin. It just went there itself.

What can be done to prevent this. I scan and toss the photos but now I find that they are disappearing days down the line.

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Hey

does any1 know some good software to password protect folders (like clicking on a folder and a password bow appears) or at least tell me how to do it.

lol, to keep the little brother out of my stuff ; )

thanks
 

A:how to password protect folders

There are several 3rd party proggies to do just that, unfortunatly they are not free...at least I don't recall any right off the bat.... here is one with a 30 day trial..Password Protect 2.2 ... OR Folder Lock
Another alternative is to encrypt you files, then brother (or who ever) can't view them.. This method is FREE..such as Crypt Mage and several opther listed HERE
I'm SURE there are some freeware password protection proggies but I'm just not aware of them
 

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Hi all ;0

I am trying to find a way to get some security happening on a windows xp home machine, with service pack 2.

Basicly i need to apply passwords to some folders that are required when accessing those folders from our network. We have a simple peer to peer network.
 

A:Password protect folders

How to password protect a folder
 

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Hi I would like to password protect a few folders on Windows 7, how can I do this?

Ideally when someone would click on the folder there would be a prompt asking for a password, similar to what happens when you make a .zip and password protect it.

The only software I found till now which comes closest to my needs is Protected Folder, however you have to open the program each time and unlock the folder you want to use, then re lock it when ready, it's not so straightforward as I was imagining. Also I don't know if access will be blocked from other users on the network, once the folder is shared.

Would love to know if you guys know of some other software that better meets my needs. Thanks.

A:How to Password Protect Folders

Hi,

Give this a try:

Josh Cell Softwares: WinFolder Lock Pro - The Folder Security Solution

Regards,
Golden

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Hi

Can anyone recommend any user-friendly free software that password protects folders in Vista.

Many thanks

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I have copied some personal files to a portable HD. I now want to password protect the folders. Is there a way to do this after the fact?

I have Win7 Home Premium. The drive is FAT32.

Thanks

A:Password Protect Folders

Lots of 3rd party tools out there for this job but why would you......?

When its this simple; How to Password Protect Folders in an External Hard Drive | eHow

Hope it helps.

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Is it possible to password protect shared folders on a Windows XP Pro computer thats on a peer to peer network. If so how?

Thanks
ted
 

A:Password protect folders?

Better would be to use folder permissions. That is if you are using NTFS.
 

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Is it possible to password protect folders?
Like is there a program that makes it so you have to enter a password to a folder or something?
Just wondering...
 

A:Is it possible to password protect folders?

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Is it possible to password protect a folder (or folders) in Windows 7 somehow?

I have several possible uses for this. One of them:

At work all my colleagues and myself uses a common computer. On this computer I've installed Dropbox with personal files. Although we all have our own user account on the computer, we all are administrators, meaning everyone can, if they want to, enter my Dropbox folder. I'd love to have a password on this folder so that only I can open the folder.

Thanks

A:Is it possible to password protect folders?

The cheap and easy way would be to password protect a zip file.
the software way would be
http://www.xoslab.com/efl.html

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Hi there,

How do i password protect folders in windows xp between different user accounts? I have ticked the box under 'Properties' 'Sharing' then 'Do not share this folder' but if i log in under someone else i can still gain access to my folders?

I know it can be done with Limited User account, but can it be done if the other person has Administrator rights?

Thanks in advance
 

A:Password Protect Folders

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Hi ladies and gents!

I am interested in password protecting my folders, as I have a laptop and will shortly be going to university so security will become a more prominent issue.

I have thus far trialed several commerical third party password protect programs for my folders, as my file system is FAT32 so I cannot use the protect option under properties>sharing.

However, these really are not what I had in mind, in the sense that you password protect a folder, then when you want to open it, you double click it, and enter the password, and the folder opens. Ok so far? Sure, apart from the fact that once you have done this, the folder remains unlocked and you must then right click it, select password protect and reset it.

What I was looking for was something more along the lines of how you are able to password protect a word document. By this I mean, once you enter a password for the document, it remains a permanent feature until you deactivate it. The password prompt appears every time you try and open the file, it does not disappear after one use so you have to reset it.

I know you think I am probably just lazy, but I am often in a rush and have been known to forget things on occasion, so I really do not want to run the risk of having to relock a folder every time I open, as it is the ones I use often that I most want to protect.

If you guys could recommened a reliable third party software that allows me to put a permanent password on my folders that brings up a simpl... Read more

A:Password Protect Folders

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If any body can help me, I want to password protect my folders in Winxp without using any software. I use USB Flash drives alot so I dont want to leave myd ata un secure on the USB drive. And if there is no way to implement password with win xp, then if you can please let me know of any free sofwtare that does the job.
 

A:Password Protect Folders

Password Protection by Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows XP/ Windows Smart Display

You cannot password protect individual folders in XP. You restrict access by assigning permissions to drives, folders and files.

To do this, you must be running NTFS as your file system on the drive in question. If your hard disk/partition is not NTFS you will need to convert it. To do this, open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command:

CONVERT X: /FS:NTFS

Where X: is the drive letter you wish to convert. You may also want to see http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfscvt.htm
to ensure that you're getting the optimal conversion.

After this step is completed and you've rebooted the computer, if necessary:

XP PRO: In Windows Explorer, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and uncheck Use Simple File Sharing. Now, when you right click on a drive, folder or file (on an NTFS partition) and select Properties, you'll see a Security tab. Here you can assign or deny permissions based on user name or user group membership.

XP Home: By default, you can only make files and folders under My Documents "private". This is done by right clicking a folder or file and selecting Properties, Sharing. To change the permissions on other folders, you need to boot the computer to Safe Mode and log in on the built in Administrator account. In this mode, you'll see the Security tab in Properties, and you can assign permissions based on user name or group membership.

How Do I Get the Security... Read more

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Windows XP Home SP2.

Hello everyone,
I only use an administrator account with guest account turned off. Is it possible in XP to password protect a folder against someone even if they are logged on as an administrator? Reason: Say I had to put my pc in the shop & had to give them the admin password to work on it. How can I protect my files against their snooping eyes? If it's not possioble with XP, what's the best freeware?
Thanks, Alan
 

A:Password protect folders against administrator

You will have to hide to porno on a thumb drive. There are some 3rd party programs that let you password protect files but any admin could simply unistall them. If you really want to hide stuff you should use TrueCrpt to make a virtual drive that you can keep files on. Then you the files will be safe.
 

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Hi

Can anyone recommend any user-friendly free software that password protects folders in Vista.

Many thanks
 

A:Solved: Password Protect Folders

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Hi everyone. I am looking for a good freeware program that works with Windows XP Professional that I can use to password protect my folders. Please only recommend spyware and adware free programs. Thanks!
 

A:Need Freeware to Password Protect My Folders

I like this one:

EncryptOnClick Freeware

http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/
 

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Hi.
I have shared folders which can be accessed over the network. It is just a normal workgroup. I want to password protect a certain folder but the other folders must still be freely available for the rest to see, only those with the correct password can access that certain folder.
Can anyone help me?
 

A:Solved: password protect folders

Ok try this

Display the Security tab

Open Folder Options in Control Panel.
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Folder Options.

On the View tab, under Advanced settings, clear Use simple file sharing [Recommended].
then

Make your folders privateTo make your folders private
Open My Computer.
Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive (C, unless you have more than one drive on your computer). If the contents of the drive are hidden, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.
Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.
Double-click your user folder.
Right-click any folder in your user profile, and then click Properties.
On the Sharing tab, select the Make this folder private so that only I have access to it check box.
The steps are pasted verbatim from windows help
 

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Everyone:

Alright Eight Forums. I was looking for something, and hoping that you guys could find a resolution for me. I want to password protect my folders in Windows 8.1 (NTFS). How can I do it? Other ideas are also appreciated. I do not want to hide the folder, but I want to implement a password.

Thanks

A:Password Protect my Folders in Windows 8.1

Play with the properties window.

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Hi guys.. Is there any way (either than zipping and pw'ing) to password protect folders?

A:Password Protect Folders/directories

You can encrypt individual folders so they can only be accessed by your Windows logon password/account. If that sounds like it might be useful, check out these articles on Encrypting File System.

Encrypting File System in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Best practices for the Encrypting File System
How to back up the recovery agent Encrypting File System (EFS) private key

It works invisibly so you won't notice any difference in the way Windows accesses and uses the encrypted files, and there's no slowdown.

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Hi,

I know that i can password protect compressed folders but is there a program or another way that i can just password the folder and not all the files?

Thanks,

Jay.

A:Password Protect Folders/File

Hi jay..have you thought about using XP's built in encryption feature?

If that's no good, i'm sure you could Google a few specialist programs

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I just put xp pro on my machine and I'm not seeing how to put passwords on my shared resources. We're on a peer-to-peer lan, all in the same workgroup, and while I'm not worried about people seeing my things, I was using passwords on shared folders and drives to try to prevent network hopping viruses from spreading.

In a book on xp I see them referencing to click on "permissions" in the sharing & security screen. I have no option for permissions.

Even in the picture, it doesn't show that I can put a password on a shared folder or drive.

For the most part, we share folders, not drives. But one program in particular requires the drive where the data is stored to be shared so others can map to it.
 

A:How do I Password Protect Shared Folders & Drives?

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Hello,
I have a LAN with XP pro, XP home, and win98 computers.
I know that I can't set passwords to protect folders on XP home from other computers on the network, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a software (preferably freeware...) or any other way to make it possible on XP home as well. The best solution would be protection of the type you get in win98 - set passwords and determine weather u allow full/read only access.

ekoren
 

A:XP home - password protect shared folders

I've never used it but for free, this looks promising. I can't tell for sure if you can lock folders though. You'd have to try it.
http://www.winguardpro.com/

Here's another but it's not free. It's a 30 day free evaluation program. It's $24.95 after that.

http://www.hide-folders-xp.com/
 

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Hi,Is there any free software to password protect folders in XP?I don't mean to encrypt the folder just simply password protect them, e.g. you need to enter a password to get access to the folder.I have searched the internet but have so far not found anything suitable.Thanks.Mod Edit: Topic moved from Windows XP to more appropriate forum~ TMacK

A:Free Software To Password Protect Folders

Password protect folder in XPhttp://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/232

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I don't mean like with "LocK A FoldeR", I want to be able to password protect certain folders from all users (including me, the admin., so that I have to give a password every time I want to see the content of that folder).
Going to a boarding school soon and I don't want people messing around with my documents (or my adult folder, for that matter ;p). Is this actually possible, either for Win7 by default or using a software?

A:How to password protect folders on the admin. account?

We just happen to have an excellent tutorial for that,

TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders

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I know technically there is no way in Outlook to password protect folders. However, I was wondering if someone knew a workaround where folders within Outlook could be protected by a password?
 

A:Solved: Outlook 2003 Password Protect Folders

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Hi I have a PC running windows 7 set up to share folders, currently with password protected sharing turned off.

I would like to password protect certain shared folders while not requiring a password login for others (completely public). I would like to know if there is a built in mechanism for this or even a third party application.

What I've tried:

Adding a local user account and password to a shared folder the problem is that because password protected sharing is set to off you simply are told you can't access the folder and no prompt is given for the password
With password sharing turned on and public folders set to shared to everyone, users are prompted for a password even before getting the listed directories.
Hope you guys can help,
Thanks!

A:How do I Password protect specific folders while leaving others public

  
Quote: Originally Posted by davidinblack


Hi I have a PC running windows 7 set up to share folders, currently with password protected sharing turned off.

I would like to password protect certain shared folders while not requiring a password login for others (completely public). I would like to know if there is a built in mechanism for this or even a third party application.

What I've tried:

Adding a local user account and password to a shared folder the problem is that because password protected sharing is set to off you simply are told you can't access the folder and no prompt is given for the password
With password sharing turned on and public folders set to shared to everyone, users are prompted for a password even before getting the listed directories.
Hope you guys can help,


Thanks!


From what I can tell, password protected sharing is either on or off for all folders. I haven't seen any third party programs to change this.

It sounds like you are trying to set up shares so that some users can access specific shares while other Network Users can not?

There are ways to accomplish this but the procedure is different than you might think.

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HELLO everyone. Can you teach me how to protect folders with passwords without encryption? I have use RAR encryption but i have a hard time to open my files. You see, it took a long time to encrypt and decrypt folders, especially when handling large amount of data. Is it possible to protect them with password without encryption? thank you in advance.
 

A:How to password protect hard drive folders without encryption?

there are a number of programs to do that - I'm trying to locate the one I used
BUT all someone needs to do - is to boot up a linux based boot cd , like UBUNTU and they can then read the folder

so depends on the level of security you are after

here it is
http://www.xoslab.com/efl.html
 

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I have some office data which is very confidential.

I know "WinAbility MySecretFolder" software can do this well. But, it is not a free software.

Could you please suggest me any free software like "WinAbility MySecretFolder".

A:Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

Nothing better than TrueCrypt IMHO!http://www.truecrypt.org/

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Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

I have some office data which is very confidential.

I know "WinAbility MySecretFolder" software can do this well. But, it is not a free software.

Could you please suggest me any free software like "WinAbility MySecretFolder".
 

A:Any free software to completely hide and password protect folders?

TrueCrypt
 

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Hello!
Are there any way to make folders undeletable? Are there any software for that?

A:How to protect Files and folders?

You can either use an encrypting freeware solution like Trucrypt- what that does is to create a locker into which you can move all the files/folders you want to hide, then lock the locker with a password. Or you can create multiple users on the computer, then restrict permissions on folders so only particular users such as yourself can see them.

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Hi,

Is it possible to protect files/folders from being deleted?

I have some files that have been encrypted so they cannot be read but wondered if there was an way to protect them from being deleted. I know I could hide the file in the "Properties" menu but I want to stop them from being deleted if possible.
Thanks for you time...

A:How to protect files/folders from being deleted?

You can set the permissions such that only you have access to the file.In Explorer right-click on the file and select Properties > Security tab.

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Does anyone know how I can protect individual cells in an Excel file? I have a large spreadsheet at work that many departments use to key in their portions of the data. Every once in a while, someone will see soemthing they THINK neds to be fixed and thisjust causes havok through out the formulas and cells.... Any help would be appreciated...
 

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HI, is there any possible way to password protect a .swf file? .....without converting it first to .exe file and not using decrypt & extract procedure..
Just a plain password protection before it plays.
 

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Hi, I have a quick question. My boss just set up a new office, there are 3 computers there on a network, 2 running Vista, 1 running XP. The office next to ours has a T3 connection and my boss purchases his internet connection through them because its cheaper than the cable connection. However, he is worried that they have too much access to our systems. All of our shared files are in the Public Folder, which is something I have grown to hate in Vista. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anyway to password protect the shared files on our systems. Can you do this through Vista or would we have to purchase 3rd party software.

Thanks
 

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I need to password protect files on my PC and i am looking for a cool utility programme to do it.

Any ideas guys?

A:Password protect files

If you have Windows XP Pro, it should allow you to password folders by right-clicking it it.

If you have XP Home, then try Cryptainer LE, a free 128-bit encryption software. It's free and was mentioned by PC Magazine. I haven't gotten around to using it yet -- I forgot I downloaded it until I started "clean house" on my hard drive recently.

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