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Passwording

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Is it possible to protect a folder or documents with a password? (on Windows 98) If so could someone please tell me how to do it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.:)

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    a wha? I dont think i can set up user accounts, log in names right? Cos my dad wont want me tampering around with the computer, and no it is not porn:yeees: If you have to know, i want to password my chat logs folder so noone else can read them!:p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I stick anything I don't want found in a .zip file in some obscure folder where no-one will ever look. It's not as secure as passwording, but it's easier as only you know where it is.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    <Points out you can password protect ZIP files>
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    put them in something like c:/windows/command/ag/temp/ and im sure no one will look there :p

    unless they're REALLY sad in which case you're screwed :p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Try using some PGP software. If your from outside the US and Canada I doubt you'll be able to use it. :D:D

    You could try this tho:

    http://www.winability.com/folderguard/
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Bomberman444
    <Points out you can password protect ZIP files>

    don't i feel stupid....
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    im afraid most of this has gone over my head:( :eek2:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Either password protect a ZIP file (use Winzip), or you could use a PGP program to encrypt files/folders. Or you could use a program to hide folders from Windows - I found one that would do that, but wasn't secure, though a novice wouldn't know how to look for it.

    Mr_Wobble ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    [Encryption lecture]
    There is no feature that comes with Windows 98 for password protecting files or folders.

    User accounts that limit file access only work with extra software (pointless when there are easier soloutions) or Windows NT/XP

    Normal password protection on Zip files is pretty poor. It'll stop all but the most casual hacker (although if you get the beta version of the new WinZip (see www.winzip.com) then that has better encryption, but it's not compatable with older versions)

    PGP (Pretty Good Privacy [Pointless detail] named after a grocery store called Pretty Good Groceries near where it's creator, PRZ (may god worship the ground he walks on) lived [/pointless detail]) has been available outside USA/Canada since it came out, and it's been available legally ever since version 6.something (I think), and they're now on version 8.0.2. PGP is the puppies privates for encryption (if you use a good enough passphrase, the universe will end before it can be cracked using current technology - no exageration). Have a look at www.pgpi.org and www.pgp.com.

    For good passphrases, look at www.diceware.com. Easy to remember, and 10 words will make your passphrase more difficult to break than the PGP encryption itself.

    Programs that hide folders, etc. aren't very secure, but they do stop a casual snooper, as do programs that hide files inside other files (eg hiding a word document inside a picture). Depending on your paranoia level, I recommend using a combination of the above.
    [/Encryption lecture]
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    psst, look for a little proggy called 'magic folders' it's fookin' great!

    completely 'removes' the folder from explorer ;)
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