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    Password Protect My Favorites

    I don't have a solution... I need one.

    My children share a PC and one of them is losing their mind because the others can see their Favorite web sites. As it is now, when we click Favorites on the Browser menu, there are four options...|name1, |name2, etc. And under each name is their listing of personal Favorites.

    Does anyone know of a way to add a password requirement to get into their individual folder? Or perhaps a better way for this child to store and retrieve her Favorites outside of the confines of IE? I could probably make an Excel sheet with a list of hyperlinks and then password protect the spreadsheet (and give that to her) but that seems like a bit of overkill...

    I did a google and found a $30 proggy called My Personal Favorites but would rather have something <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    There is a program called Hide My Favorites that has since gone commercial. If you can find an earlier version, you might be lucky enough to stumble on its <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware era. But at only $5.00, it might be worth supporting the author's upkeep of it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    From the sound of it the charming little critters are using a Win9x machine. If they are using Win2k or XP, you could see about setting access permissions to the relevant folder.

    If the child is old enough to have some very vague grasp of HTML, you could also look at having them upkeep their Favorites on a HTML page that they set as their IE HomePage - which can then be backed up/stored elsewhere. This is obviously not a "user firendly" as the IE Favorites system, but does have the advantage of adding a learning experience to the mix.

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    Unk: It's a 13 year old daughter trying to keep little brother from inspecting all of her favorite websites... Seems a bit childish, but then again, they're children! She's been pulling my arm for several months now, wanting help building her own web page / site. I'm not against it - I'm just not able to offer much help. I like the idea and will look into getting her the tools / knowledge she needs to proceed. Maybe then, she can help me with my web page <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Alan: Thanks for the link. We're going to give it a shot. If she likes it, I will spring for the five bucks. She's worth it (sometimes!)...

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    Another thought is to let them each set up their own private encrypted volumes.
    For this, I'd recommend Scramdisk if you're on 98/ME or
    TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows XP/2000.

    Both are good - easy setup and usage. It becomes a bit messy (but still viable) if you want to migrate O/Ss though. Basically, you need to install TrueCrypt 1.0*, the last version to run on 98/ME, and save all your Scramdisk volumes as TrueCrypt volumes. Then on the new XP/2000 O/S, install the latest TrueCrypt above, then off you go.

    All these are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware, but they have "evolved" into commercial versions too -
    Securstar GmbH - Disk encryption software : DriveCrypt, DriveCrypt Plus Pack, PocketCrypt, scramdisk.

    I know it sounds complex, but it's really quite simple in practice.

    Alan

    *http://rapidshare.de/files/5291503/Truecry...atures.zip.html is a current source.
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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    You did NOT state what OS version you are using. But if you are using XP, then all one needs to do is make an account for EACH child and NOT share their data. They will each have their own folders including "Favorites".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    Hi Dave -

    I have XP Pro on their pentium 400 machine. I used to have it setup for different users but they would leave their little proggys running while another kid would sign-in, and then another, etc. until the PC would scream for mercy (slow down to a crawl). I would be called to the rescue, only to find that no one ever logged completely off and each user had multiple games running...

    So I fixed it! I reinstalled XP, there are no individual users, and all programs are installed to the All Users account. They each have individual named folders under My Documents and My Favorites, but the downside is, this offers no privacy at all. And privacy is important to a 13-yr old.

    Not ready to upgrade their machine, yet. So, I'm hoping that Alan's suggestion "Hide My Favorites", will please her for now. She'll eventually get her own PC, maybe Christmas '06 <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    Couldn't you disable the Fast user switching so that each user would have to log in (and thereby log the last person off) before getting there own desktop?

    Like would seem to be the most straightforward solution to me.

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    I agree with Jim, then if one of them leaves it logged in then their files would be subject to snooping <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    I further agree with Jim. Before you know it they'll be at that marvellous age where they (& friends) will be trawling the net for music and all sorts of other <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> stuff. They'll be clicking Yes to download all manner of malware, and will be far too busy with their important priorities to heed your words of wisdom about installing such rubbish. I've seen this (backward) progress on "friends with teens" computers.

    The idea is to keep the Admin p/w secret and give them minimal rights as users. This will result in all sorts of tantrums, abuse and threats to "leave home and never come back" and "might as well just go and kill myself now" etc. Ignore these - they are not real and would not actually fit in with the all-important social schedules anyway.

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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    <center>
    <hr>...and threats to "leave home and never come back" and "might as well just go and kill myself now" etc.<hr>
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    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> - Too funny and too close to home!
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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    If only I'd known... Should have seeked advice on the lounge prior to the flush and reinstall. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: Password Protect My Favorites

    You could write a pair of .bat or VBScript files that would move all the favorites (they are just little files) into a well hidden location and then restore them when she is ready to sruf. As long as little brother can't find or doesn't figure out the secret...

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    Help with a batch file

    I want my daughter to be able to click Start | Run... Type her name and [Enter] and have her Favorites moved (if present) or restored (if they're not). I haven't written a DOS batch file since Win 3.1 so I will surely need some help with this...

    If the txt noted below were saved as <font color=blue>C:windowsmadison.bat</font color=blue>, would it function properly from Windows Run...

    <pre>:: Check trigger file to see if Favorites need to be removed
    :: or if they need to be restored. Trigger file = C:remove.txt
    ::
    IF EXISTS c:remove.txt GOTO remove ELSE GOTO restore
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    :remove
    COPY C:"Documents and Settings"familyFavoritesMadison*.* C:Hide*.*
    DEL C:"Documents and Settings"familyFavoritesMadison*.*
    REN C:remove.txt c:restore.txt
    GOTO end
    ::
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    :restore
    COPY C:Hide*.* C:"Documents and Settings"familyFavoritesMadison*.*
    DEL C:Hide*.*
    REN C:restore.txt C:remove.txt
    GOTO end
    ::
    ::
    :end</pre>

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    Re: Help with a batch file

    Someone else is the authority on batch files. However, I can tell you that the quotation marks around "Documents and Settings" almost certainly need to surround the entire path, from before the c: to after the *.* (or... whatever is there).

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