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    Security: access control vs. encrypted files

    I installed XP Pro two days ago (big speed improvement over 98SE, by the way). I implemented NTFS to use encryption on selected directories, but I discovered that encrypted folders CANNOT be shared with another user... you can only share encrypted docs on a file-by-file basis, which is very cumbersome and won't work for us. We just want to restrict access to sensitive docs if someone were to gain access to (or steal) our PC. With Win98, we used PGP Disk.

    Is there a way to share encrypted folders or an entire encrypted drive that I haven't discovered? Or, will simple NTFS access control accomplish the level of security that we need?

    ~Wayne

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    Re: Security: access control vs. encrypted files

    you can share the folder, you can't give them access to all files in the folder though. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> access rights needs applied item by item.

    NTFS should provide enough security for most users though, as long as the system is locked or turned off when you aren't at it and you use a secure password.

    it's also safer - recovering encrypted documents can be a PITA for typical users. It's best left to admins where security needs to be very tight.

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    Re: Security: access control vs. encrypted files

    Hi
    Don't use the NTFS partition for this purpose. Use FAT32 and one of the numerous 3rd party encryption tools available. All your sharing group needs to know to decrypt the files is the password used to encrypt them in the first place.

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