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    My company has decided to have all employees back up their hard drives on our network. There are files that my colleagues and I don't want accessed by others. I consulted the Help file about how to restrict access to folders, and it said to select the file, click File | Properties, and select the Share tab. The trouble is that there is no Share tab, only the General tab. Is there something we can do?

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    Re: security

    You could use this Ddcrypt I use it all the time. You can encrypt files or folders, and it's password protected.
    Also Hide Files or Folders

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    Re: security

    Idealy, your company's IT Department should be aware of this typical end-user suggestion, and should be able to comply. If you (or your manager) haven't already, ask them what you can do.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: security

    Remember that ANY thing on a company computer belongs to the company. If you have personal files on the company machine, you can NOT keep the IT people out of your data.

    By the way, what networking software are your machines using?

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    Re: security

    Take heed of Chris's and Dave's comments for it surely depends on whether the plan is to backup ENTIRE hard drives, or as in many business cases, only certain FOLDERS, such as My Documents and so on. I'd bet their plan is for selected folder backup and not entire hard drives. That would be a waste of resources for all the OS duplication of common files. Meanwhile, a lot of us tend to forget that if we keep family pictures and, er, other stuff on our "work" computers, those files "belong" to the boss and/or could get you in trouble, if you know what I mean. But I think the bottom-lin of a backup plan is not to have ANYONE looking at files. The purpose of a backup is to get YOU back up and running in an emergency, not for making files generally available (I hope).

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    Re: security

    "The purpose of a backup is to get YOU back up and running in an emergency, not for making files generally available (I hope)."

    I agree with BigAl, but some companies are now required to have copies of EVERYTHING do to law suites. How do you think the lawyers get their hands on all the the email, pictures and etc to produce as court evidence? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Note, most US government contractors are required to do this.

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    Re: security

    I support the general trend of this thread. If your main concern is security, then your files should be more secure on a fileserver, especially if a little thought and planning has been put into the setup.

    As I point out ot my users anything on a local drive on a PC or laptop is only protected by that PCs security. On a reasonably setup network the only access is via your user and password. If someone lifts (steals) your PC you may be the first to notice. If a server disappears then everyone is going to know about it.

    Hope this puts you a little more at ease.
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    Re: security

    Most of the data on my laptop is protected in a PGP virtual disk. A network backup gets the entire 1GByte container file, but the content can't be accessed without my PGP key and passphrase.

    StuartR.

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    Re: security

    Yes, PGP is pretty good <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>.

    The only issue I would have is ensuring the users kept their manager advised of the these details. (Just in case someone gets hit by a London bus.)
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