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Q: Solved: Excel Password Protection

Morning from England,

One of our clients has a problem, when they receive an email with a password protected excel sheet and try to open it, they get a message saying that the password is incorrect and to verify that caps lock isn't on, before they even have a chance to enter the password.

Apparently they could do this last week, but not today.

They can save the excel attachment and open it that way and it allows them to put in the password. (But I don't think she is interested in doing this and I have no idea why it matters, but the customer is always right, apparently)

I know you should never take the story of the client as gospel, because most of the time it is wrong, but I'm just wondering if it is possible to open a password protected excel document from outlook, or does it have to be saved first?

If you can open one from outlook, how can I fix it.

Thank you for any help provided.

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A: Solved: Excel Password Protection

When an excel file is password protected it will always prompt for a password.
If you open an attachment in Outlook, a copy is placed in the local temp folder but it's still Excel and it will still ask for a password.
I think your client has the following problem:
If you have preview frame on, it could be that since you want to 'preview' the message an maybe the Excel file too, it will prompt for a password to open it in the preview, this would explain the reason the password prompt appears, ask your customer to colse the preview option and try again.
In teh Excel file allows to read without a password but edit with a password then they should get the choice Open as read only besides the password prompt, so.
A client may be king but not everybody has to bow for a king.

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I have an Excel workbook titled "Password" in which I keep all the passwords I use (lots) - this workbook is password protected so I really only need to remember one password
This morning when I got to work I opened the workbook
It asked for the initial password which I entered and was accepted
It then opens the dialogue for the Write or Read Only
Under the line
it gives a line of funny characters (blocks etc) which I had never seen before
Whether I enter the password or select ReadOnly I get kicked out of Excel
with a blank dialogue box headed PROGRAM ERROR
I tried several times and even rebooted with the same results
Please help

A:Excel - Password protection

Hi meksteen,

is the spreadsheet on a networked drive or are you on a network?

if so ask your administrator to check if the file has a lock against it, if so clear it, then you can try to open it again.

not sure if this helps, otherwise you spreadsheet may be corrupt (gulp).


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Hi Guys

I'm having a problem with a user on Excel, the file is an xlsx (Excel 2007 Format) we are using Excel 2000. The Microsoft compatibility pack converts the file to a readable format, the problem is it asks for a password to open it.

I have tried and I can open it, plus a few others have also tried and have been able to open it. It seems to be this one users profile but not sure what’s causing it any ideas?



A:Excel Password Protection

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how can i over write password in an excel file? actually it is my file but someone put password on it how can i get rid of that password?????

A:How to remove password protection in excel file

Your best bet is probably googling "Excel password" and seeing what comes up. There are MANY many utilities out there for finding out the passwords in a spreadsheet, and you should be able to find one that works for you.

Do note, tho, most of the good ones are commercial

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I am using Excel 2000 and have a spreadsheet that is password protected from a previous employee. I have saved the sheet under another name with no luck and I have used the edit/Move or copy command to move the sheets to another workbook with no luck. Any other suggestions? Thanks

A:Excel Password Protection Problem Follow up


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I want to put a spreadsheet on our server for access by a couple of departments. However, the spreadsheet contains some sensitive information, so I don't want people to be able to copy it to other locations. They do need to be able to edit it though. Is there a way to do this?

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Solved: Excel document protection

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Hi there,

I have a USB flash drive (16GB), and on it there are two folders: Personal and Work. To access these folders, I'd like to password protect each directory with a separate password (if possible).

Does anyone know of a free/cheap piece of software I could use to achieve this?

With thanks,

A:Solved: USB Password Protection


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Ok to start with i have now (finaly) got an ext. HDD but it isnt exactly what i wanted it is a masive one i have to plug in which wouldnt be so bad but it is also shared ... i need to put a pasword on my folder so that only i can acses my files ... encription would be stupid as i need to store nearly evrything off my laptop onto it because it is dieing (HDD problems) the ext. HDD will be used on 3 PC's including windows XP (i dont know if it is x32 or x64 it wont tell me) and windows Vista x32 ... can anyone please tell me what i can do ... anything ... even if i have to partition it (but i dont know how to do that)

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I have a spreadsheet, see attached in which users can input activities either as a percentage or measurement on a river – in columns B and D…

I need to restrict the entry of data – so if the user inputs data in column B then they can not enter in column D and vice versa…

A:Solved: Excel - Cell protection/locking

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I have been working on a Macro that will UnProtect the worksheet, enter data into a cell, and then Protect it again.

I was wondering if there was a way to have it Password Protected?

As in, when the Macro was run, it would UnProtect the Sheet with the password, and then vise versa, I know you can protect the VB so I am not too worried about that, but just wondering if this can done.

Here is the code that I have used thus far (Thanx Cris)

Sub DateInsert()
' AddTotal Macro
ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "=NOW()"
With ActiveCell.Characters(Start:=1, Length:=15).Font
End With
ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Range("A1").Select
ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=True, Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True
End Sub

Thanx in advance!

Edit: Also is there a way to disable the "Help" window that explains how to Unprotect the sheet?

A:Solved: Quick Excel Question - Protection.

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Hello, before I ask my question I just want to say that I am Security+ certified if that means anything. What I'm trying to say is that I know what encryption is and how it works so I don't need an explanation on that.

My question comes from the fact that I have been using WinRAR for a while now to zip my documents. For the more sensitive documents I have always set a password (password-protected). That's great and all, just like with any password if someone's determined enough they can crack it, but for the most part, unless someone knows the password they can't get in right? Well that's exactly what I want.

Lately I've been playing with Symantec Encryption Desktop and it has a file/folder encryption feature that's pretty neat. It can use public/private keys, passphrase, it can even create a password-protected Self Decrypting Archive. While I know the benefits of encryption; especially sending documents over unsecured channels, the cyphertext would only be "unreadable" because no one knows the password or key. If anyone captures this document and does a rainbow table attack on it they would be able to decypher it pretty much the same way as cracking the password in a password-protected document.

So here's my question, what good is it to encrypt if the same concept of cracking the password can gain an attacker access to my files? Encrypted or not, soon as they get that password they would be able to read it. So really,... Read more

A:Solved: Encryption vs Password Protection

On a slightly different slant here. Encrypting the hard drive is better than just passwording an account, because encryption can foil off-line attacks, like booting up a Linux Live CD and mounting the drive.

I don't know if Winrar encrypts a password protected file or not. What it may be doing is just prompt the user for a password and that password is just something that satisfies the Winrar program. That is to say, if I use a hex editor on the password protected file, can one copy and paste contents into an non-password protected rar file ? If so, that is an off-line attack that bypasses Winrar's access control.

So I would say that encryption is better than just access control.

You may have heard of Truecrypt, which creates encrypted folders. The program is capable of doing 2 factor authentication: requiring a password as well as a key file.

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Does anyone know of any s/w that is free to download that provides the option to "password protect" a folder in Windows XP? I saw that there are many s/w that are trial versions and expire after a few days, I am looking for something that will stay and is free.


A:Solved: Password Protection for folders

What exactly are you trying to do. You can restrict users access to folders with XP's builtin permissions.

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This is a bit of a cross forum question. I have some excel files that have both cell and structure protection enabled.

ActiveSheet.Protect DrawingObjects:=True, Contents:=True, Scenarios:=True _
, AllowFormattingColumns:=True, AllowFormattingRows:=True

This has resulted in a significant reduction in compression ratio from 89% to only 11%. Since these are large files, its an issue.

I've tried WinZip, WinRAR, 7-zip, CabPack etc, etc. Any ideas??.


A:Solved: Excel File Protection Affects Compression Ratio

Compressing works by reducing sequentially repeating characters or character groups to tokens. Encryption changes all the characters to make the file look like gibberish, and in the process reduces the occurrence of sequentially repeating characters or character groups, particularly white space which often accounts for the majority of compression in Excel files. By using encryption, you are trading compression for security.

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I want to upload a 40GB folder to OLSEX (http://www.onlinestoragesolution.com/onlinestorage.html) but I want to encrypt it first. I may want to simply password protect the folder. What's the easiest tool to use to do either or both without having to purchase anything?

I'm running OSX 10.7.2, and using Cyberduck. And I'm open to using something other than Cyberduck the FTP program. As long as it's free.

Thanks for your help,

A:Solved: Best, easy, free folder encryption & password protection

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I've owned about 3 different wireless router/gateways in the last 4 years, and one thing i have noticed is that you can never just disable the radio (as in stop transmitting wireless radio waves) without actually unplugging it of course.

I usually have a box connected via ethernet, and roam wirelessly with my notebook. It sure would be nice to be able to leave the router on, and if i leave the house for a day, or whenever for convenience be able to log into the router console and just shut off the radio if i want to.

Anyways... is there a product out there that i can buy that will do this? And if so... I wonder why this isn't a feature on most routers? From a security point this would make sense, no signal, or only a signal when i want one, would be better security. right?


A:Solved: Looking for a wireless router where you can disable the radio via password protection

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I don't mind the password protection on my windows 8 laptop, and i must have disabled it when i first got the computer. It still has a password on startup, but not when resuming from sleep mode, and i think it used to have that. i want it back, How do I get it?

A:[SOLVED] I want to enable the password protection when resuming windows from sleep

Please see here How to enable or disable Windows 8 password query when resuming from sleep mode?

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Windows 7. I have a desktop and a laptop that were installed clean with the same OS version.

On a network, the laptop is able to stream my shared media to all other PC's on the network (one is running XP, another is running Vista). PASSWORD PROTECTED SHARING IS OFF

On the same network, any PC that tries to network into the desktop is prompted to enter a password.

The laptop is sharing folders on the home network from C:\. The Desktop is sharing folders on the home network from a second hard drive labeled E:\. The media on E:\ is mapped into the libraries (pictures, videos, etc).

These are all of the things I have tried.
- turned password protected sharing ON: prompts a password
- turned password protected sharing OFF: prompts a password
- Disconnected E:\ to share C:\ only: prompts a password
- Set permissions to all computers on the network under Admin control: prompts a password
- Allowed access through firewall: prompts a password
- Disabled firewall completely: prompts a password
- disabled wireless card and used LAN: prompts a password
- used a completely different router: prompts a password
- allowed sharing on E:\ in advanced settings: prompts a password
- set permissions to Everyone on every single folder in E:\: prompts a password
- banged head against the wall: prompts a password
- raged: prompts a password

Something to note: If I try to network into the laptop from the desktop, it too is prompted to enter a password for the laptop (this only happ... Read more

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Hi Guys,

This is a curious one.

I have three PCs (two desktop and one laptop) all running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (1607).

Each system has a shared partition, set up exactly the same, which has sharing set for 'everyone', with 'full control'.

Password protected sharing is turned off on each system (in "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings").

Each of the desktop systems can access each other's shared and also the laptop's shared partition.

The problem is when I try to use the laptop to access the shares on either of the desktop systems, I get a pop-up requester asking for a username and password. (see below - the laptop is "T400" and one of the desktops is "A960").

Any idea why this would be happening? I've checked the settings on all systems (sharing and network) and can see not reason for the password prompt appearing.

Previously I was running Win 10 Pro 64-bit (1511) on all three systems and never encountered this error.



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How can I recover Excel password? thanks.

A:Solved: Excel password recovery

From forum rules:

Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with (or ways to bypass) a forgotten or unknown password, personal identification number (PIN) or any other type of access code that may be required on a computer, mobile device or web site. As there is no way to verify the actual situation or intent, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.

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When I password protect an Excel file and someone opens it, it says "file name is reserved by my name". How can I change the value of my name?

A:Solved: Excel Password Protected Files

I am not sure if this will work, because I can only sometimes get that "...reserved by (name)" to pop up - don't know why.
But you can try two things - go to Tools, Options, Security, and click "Remove personal information from file properties on save", then go to General and change the name there, prior to saving or password protecting the file.

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Is there a way to have an Excel worksheet determine if the worksheet is password protected? if the worksheet is not password protected, then the worksheet gets protected when the user closes the Excel file and if the worksheet is already protect, then it does nothing.

A:Solved: Excel 2003 Password Protect

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Hi all.

As I have solved a few of our IT problems at work, I am being held as our expert...thus expected to know how to do everything the managers want done!

About 80% of our computer files are done in excel, but there are a few workbooks which contain sensitve data on our customers, so the manager wants them password protected.
I have looked at the options in excel, and tried the protection option, but that just seems to stop people from making changes...they can still access and read the file.

I don't have excel at home so I can't play around with it to find out the answer myself.

I looked at the sharing/security properties, and that seems to choose which pc the file is available to....we need it available to all 3 pcs, as we just use whichever is free, but that it can only by opened by myself and the 3 managers.

We all use one standard log-in, so I can't make it available just to certain users.

Thanks in advance!

A:Solved: Password protecting an Excel workbook

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I have a workbook for Orders with data retrieved from a Customers workbook that I want to password protect. At the moment, when the user wants to place a new order, he clicks on a button and a macro fills in the cells for the next row, actually entering the link in the form
ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "=VLOOKUP(RC[-2],'C:\path\Customers.xlsx'!CustomerData,3,FALSE)"
The cells in the worksheet thus look up the data from the Customers workbook and offer these as suggested details for the new order - the user may then manually overtype e.g. delivery address etc. Once the order has been finalised, another command button removes the links from this row, pasting the entered values back into their own cells, and entirely deletes the sensitive data so no record of credit card data remains on this sheet.

My problem is that I want to secure the Customers workbook with a password. It contains credit card information, including authorisation code, as well as the customer's full name and address. But if I set a password on this workbook, the user is asked to supply the password not only when updating the workbook links but also for EACH instance of the macro filling in a linked cell - some 15 or so times per transaction.

I would like to perhaps set a global variable asking for the password when the orders sheet is first opened, and store it for the duration of the session, then lose it when the workbook is closed.

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A:Solved: Link to password protected sheet in Excel

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Does anyone know how to change the password for a Excel 2010 spreadsheet?

We have one, we know the password, but need to change it as many people that shouldn't know it, does. But can't figure out how

We can't use Save As, as the spreadsheet is linked to other tables on the network. Just want to change the password that we already know, to a new one.

Looked here already, they just mention Save As:



We're used to Office 2003, so this is a big jump at work for us



A:How to change Excel 2010 password (when in the excel sheet)

We can't use Save As, as the spreadsheet is linked to other tables on the network.Click to expand...

Why not? You can save it with the exact-same filename, even with the Save As command. It's only from here you can choose the Tools drop-down, General Options, and then change the password from there.

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I have a workbook with a lot of linking between the different worksheets and I am looking for a way to protect the tabs from deletion. If the users delete a tab, it will cause many error messages. I would like it to popup a message box stating "Deletion of tabs in this workbook is prohibited" and deny the operation. I have the cells protected and I know that there are workarounds to get around that, but my users are not looking to sabatoge my work - I just want to keep them from deleting a tab without knowing it will cause havoc. I don't know how many ways a tab can be deleted, but I want to cover them all. Thanks in advance for anyone who can help.

A:Excel VBA Protection

Hi Dan

I would do it this way: use the Workbook Open event and simply disable the Delete options


Private Sub Workbook_Open()
With Application
.CommandBars("Tools").Controls("Customize...").Enabled = False
.CommandBars("Toolbar List").Enabled = False
.CommandBars("Cell").Controls("Delete...").Enabled = False
.CommandBars("Ply").Controls("Delete").Enabled = False
.CommandBars("Ply").Controls("Move or Copy...").Enabled = False
.CommandBars("Worksheet Menu Bar").Controls("Edit").Controls("Delete Sheet").Enabled = False
End With
End Sub

Then use the Workbook Close Event to reset: simply copy the above code and change the values to TRUE.

The code disables the 'Customise' option if you rightclick on a toolbar, it disables the 'Delete' and 'Move or Copy' options from the sheet right click menu, it disables the 'Delete' option from the tab right click menu and it disables the 'Delete Sheet' option from the edit menu.

By using the Open Event, these items are disabled as soon as the workbook opens so there is no message box because the user has nothing to click on (if you see what I mean).


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The company I work for has a control room where they have to enter data into excel spreadsheets with lots of links and macros, so we password protected the sheet so that they could only manipulate the cells that they needed. Myself and 2 other employees have access to the spreadsheet. Someone changed the password and the person does not remember what they changed it to. Is there any way to reset the password?

A:Password protected sheet in excel and can't remember the password

Do you have a backup from before the password was changed?

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STOP PRESS - After i wrote this I went back and had another play and found the 'lock' function for cells which when used alongside the worksheet protection does exactly what i wanted it too !


A long time ago when i first started using spreadsheets I used a simple package called SuperCalc 4, one of the functions it allowed me to do was 'protect' from change (editing) specific cells, rows and / or columns.

I can't seem to get Excel to do the same, it seems only able to provide crude protection to whole sheets or offer tracking of changes unless of course you know better !

(Just for interest, what I am doing is sending worksheets out to home based staff, on the sheet is information such as client names, tasks visit dates, reports to typing and so on. I want them to be able to input dates and comments but not change client names, tasks and so on. I used to print the sheets and fax them out but we are trying to move into the e mail age now !)

Any suggestions greatfuly received !


A:Excel 97- Protection of data

1. select the whole worksheet
2.choose format,cells to open format cells dialog box
3.click the protection tab and deselect the locked option,click ok
4.now select the range youwant to protect
5.choose format cells again and protection and check the locked box and then ok
6. choose tools,protection,protect sheet and then ok

Now when you go to the cells you will not be able to put info in the areas you previously selected.

hope this helps

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I have created a little quiz and locked down the worksheet in Excel, so that the only cells that can be accessed are those in which the answer should be written.

A formula has been set up so that if the answer they provide matches that contained in a cell that i have hidden, then the word TRUE will be displayed.

This works well, and I have locked it down so the answers cannot be unhidden, nor formulae seen. Also there are no scroll bars.

However, if they highlight the whole area (as one brighter one did), then copy, and paste into a new worksheet, the answers can be easily accessed.

a) does this make sense?
b) without VB coding (i have yet to learn visual basic) can I prevent this from happening?

and c)

shall i give up and presume myself to be a pure dimwit ?

A:Excel 97 - protection issue

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A user who has a spreadsheet he sends out to people and they fill in data, then return to him. User wants to know if possible to prevent people from entering punctuation marks into the cells, ie so that all you can enter is plain text abcdefgh etc... Sure this is possible via some kind of data validation?but could not figure out how to do it.

A:Excel query - protection?

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hi all, can anyone help please

basically i have a worksheet that is protected except for the ranges F5:F15,G5:G15,H5:H15 and I5:I15 for data entry, i also have 4 optionbuttons 1 - 4, what i am trying to do is, if optionbutton 1 is selected then ranges G5:G15:I5:I15 become protected so only entries can be made in F5:F15, if optionbutton2 is selected ranges F5:F15 and H5:H15:I5:I15 are protected so only entries can be made in G5:G15 and so on through the 4 buttons i've checked various forums but can seem to find the answer, can this be done or is there a different way to go about doing this, any help with the coding would be appreciated.


A:excel cell protection

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Hi, I have a document that I wish to protect specific cells in. I have done this and whenever I double click or attempt to type in a protected field an error message appears. This is a good thing.

What I want to know is whether or not it is possible to prevent single clicking on protected cells as well. Basically, for the few fields I want data to be allowed to be entered in, I want them to be the only accessible fields. I don't even want to be able to do as little as click on cells other than the few left unprotected.

Is it possible to prevent any form of access, highlighting, clicking, typing on protected cells?

A:Cell Protection (MS Excel 97)

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I want to protect my formula from being overwritten, but i still need to be able to sort the other files that are not protected in alphabetical order, i have unlocked all the cells on the sheet, then locked and hidden the ones just for the formula, and then I have locked the sheet.
I can insert data into the unprotected cells but if i try to sort them the command for the sort is greyed out.
Is there a way to do what i need, Is it pssible to do it using VBA.


A:help needed with excel protection

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I just made a spreadsheet and i have formuals in certain rows i do not want to have changed. I understand to protect things i have to protect the sheet. But becasue some people will be needed to make changes to different variables i need to have certain cells "unlocked" so that they can go in and freely input there info on a weekly basis but not have the ability to delete the forumlas i wish to have locked in.

Can anyone help me please.

Time is of the essence.

Im handing the reigns over on monday.....

Thanks for any and all help.

A:Excel Cell Protection.

Protect the entire sheet. Then unprotect cells you allow to change.

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i have an excel file with 3 worksheets and 4 macros.
the macros combines data from sheets 1 and 2 into 3, and then exports the sheet 3 result as a .prn file. when i try to protect the macro, the save step fails.

A:excel macro protection

Hi there, welcome to the board!

Can you describe - in great detail - the exact steps you are taking? What version of Excel are you using? What is the exact error message? Have you ever had this problem before, can we get a little history of this file? If nothing else, can you upload a sample of your file, minus any sensitive information?

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Hi Guys,

I was just wondering if there was an application that can password protect the WHOLE of the USB drive not just a partition? I really need an app fast as I'll be using a USB to hold some pretty sensitive information, thanks.

All the best,

A:USB Password Protection

Are you referring to a usb thumb/flas drive?

I found this doing a quick google search....you have to pay for it. I didn't see or really look for any free ones but you get the idea.

Flash Drive Security software - Securely lock and unlock your USB Key

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Do you use a 'password protection' app?

A:Password Protection


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We have a computer at work that is locked up because a former employee has it Password protected and when asked if he knew the password He said ...What Password??...The clue that was left is ...Disciplinary Action... Isnt that a HOOT....I would like to know if there is any way to access his Acct without alot of Tech or IT involvement [ so I can look like a Hero ] The computer is an E-Machine running XP . Thanx alot

A:Password protection

Go to your IT's. Per our board Rules we cannot help you.No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures.Sorry.You'll still be a Hero to the company as you knew who to contact and why.

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I wish to know if its possible to password protect a Drive or a particular Folder in Windows 7 Professional
Also,how much difference does an Antivirus make in a lappy battery performance I read a few Articles that claim that Security Essentials uses the least amount of Resources compared to others thereby causing less battery usage..
so do the antivirus play that great a role when it comes to laptop`s battery life?

Thanks in Advance

A:Password Protection

Here is the password protection, which is good.


And yes, antiviruses use many resources so that the laptop battery performance may reduce. But don't know which one is better. Sorry!

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I want to make a cd or dvd to be seen on a dvd player or a computer and protect with a password.I know what to do if I only want to use a computer to view it but in order to view it on a tv,I don't know if there is any software that will make it possible to put a password on the cd or dvd. If anyone has a solution,please tell me

A:password protection

I don't think there is any software that can add password protection to a cd/dvd when it's played on an external dvd-player.

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What is the simplest way to put password protection on the computer so that an 8 yr old can only go online when I am around? I want him to be able to play his other games and software, but only want the internet to be off limits until I approve. We are using Windows XP Home and a wireless connection.

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Is there anyway i can assign a password to a folder in windows XP home edition service pack 2. Thank you for your time.

A:Password protection in XP

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would anyone know of a decent program i can get ahold of too set access to some of my programs on my pc....what i mean is like i want it so only the people with a password can access the specified programs....not all programs tho...itd be greatly appreciated!

A:password protection

If you are using windows, the best option is to create different login accounts for all the people accessing this computer.

I don't think there is software which implements password protection for applications.

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I use a internet modem without a WiFi connectivity.I would like to password protect my internet access.I use google chrome with windows 7 os and am not particularly fond of IE.How do I assign a password..?

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Is there a way to password protect regular files on my computer?

thanks in advanced

A:Password Protection

It depends what you class as regular files?

You can use winzip to password protect a zip file. So if you wanted to encapsulate a file with a password you could do it that way.

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