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    Password protect a folder (XP)

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    There is a software package called "Folder Lock" from NewSoftwares.net that is excellent.

    I used it extensively and then ran into a problem doing backups - not sure whether Folder Lock caused them or something else. Finally retired and did not need to protect files any longer - so stopped using it.

    Warning - if you lose or forget password for a folder - it is gone forever!!!!

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    Thank you Tom.
    I checked out their website and it sounds good. At $35, it is a little steep for me at this time, but will consider it.

    There is alway someone out their with the answer, we just need to know how to ask the question.

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    I use the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> PGPDisk to do this. You have to "mount" the encrypted container as a new disk (or as a "mount point" in a folder) and you can then treat the contents just like any other files.

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    You could try Lock Folder 5.0. The <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware version is limited to 4 folders, but the price is unbeatable! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    From this <post:=584,859>post 584,859</post:> ] I tried and stil use Microsoft Private Folder but for some reason it was pulled by MS after a very short time...I never have found out why. It might be your answer if you can find it somewhere

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    There were a lot of protests against Microsoft Private Folder (MPF) from companies because Microsoft didn't offer some kind of centralized key management for corporate use, so they feared that employees would store important files in MPF, then leave the company, or forget the password. The US government was also less than enthousiastic, claiming that 'terrists' could use it to hide their evil plans.

    MPF is still available on several sites (search Google), but I have no idea whether it works, because it required Windows Genuine Advantage, so Microsoft could in theory monitor installation.

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    I downloaded Lock Folder 5.0 and ran the program.
    The folder I selected had a name change which added to the original file name.
    However, the folder icon did not add a "lock" sysmbol nor did it lock the folder. I tried several times and ways, but was unable to lock the folder.
    I removed the program from my harddrive.
    Must have done something wrong.
    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    I may be totally off track, but usually zip the files using WinZip, and add a password to access them. Then I store the secured winzip file in the unsecured folder. <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>
    (It works for me!)
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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by AlanMiller on 18-Oct-06 00:39. )</P>Yes, I just tested with the same result. I'd used an earlier version of this on 98 and it worked. Disappointing <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15> - sorry about the bum steer.

    Edited - But wait! I knew I'd had something working from there... following the links to the parent site, I located Lock Your Folder Access v.2.1. I've downloaded & installed and it seems to work OK. Can't figure the license though. Mine says <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> with nothing about trial etc. but the site offers purchasing. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    I had the same experience with Folder Lock 5 and I could access the contents of the "locked" folder without being asked for the password...
    So I'll try 'Lock your Folder Access' later when I get home. Thanks for the link!

    BTW: the site you linked to says at the bottom of the describing text that the free version allows for 4 folders to be locked.

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    Just tested this, and 4 folders does appear to be the limit, although each lock can include nested subfolders.

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    Re: Password protect a folder (XP)

    I tried the Folderlock free version and it really screwed me up because it would not let me unprotect files using another computer. I have since purchased Password Protect USB, which is for USB devices, but there is a Password Protect for your computer. It is $39.95 but it works great. I can now unprotect the files that I need from any computer on the network, but no one else can unless they have the password.
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