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password protecting files on a network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by ste2223, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. ste2223

    ste2223 Thread Starter

    Sep 2, 2004
    Hi, I have networked 3 pc's using a router. 2 of the pc's belong to me but 1 of them is a family pc, so the whole family goes on it. The problem is that I can access files off all the pc's from both my pc's, but the family pc can also access files off my pc's. Now is there a way of password protecting my 2 pc's files so that only someone can access the files form the family pc with the correct password. This way I can access my files form the family pc but no one else can without the password. Im sorry if this sounds long winded and makes no sence. Thanks!

  2. skinnywhiteboy


    Jan 26, 2001
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    I'm going to assume that this is just a normal workgroup and not a domain. Make sure of the following:

    1) All computer share the same workgroup name.
    2) All computers are using a difference IP address.
    3) All usernames and passwords for the network are set up on all machines.
  3. austinguy


    Feb 3, 2005
    "Makes no _sense_," you mean? First, which operating systems are you using?

    In Windows 2000 and XP it's pretty easy to password protect files. On your computer, if you're using Windows XP, go to My Computer, click on Tools -> Folder Options, click on View. Scroll down and uncheck "Use simple file sharing."

    Go to the folder (or file) you want to password protect, right click and go to Properties, click on the Security tab. Make sure the "Everyone" and "Administrators" groups aren't in the list, and add your username.

    Note: You must have a password associated with your username for this to work. You can set this by going to Start -> Control Panel -> User Accounts.

    If you're using another operating system, it'll require different steps.
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