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protecting folders with passwords

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by ddd04195, Jul 10, 2007.

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  1. ddd04195

    ddd04195 Thread Starter

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    does anyone know a free software that can put passwords on your folders?
    ive tried alot of different softwares but they are all 30 day trials or a extremely compilicated to use. i only need a software that can just add a password onto my files it doesnt need to be heavily protected just so i can be the only one who reads them

    sorry but i dont know if this is the correct place to place this thread
     
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    TrueCrypt, free, never expires, and very effective.
     
  4. Squashman

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    I agree or Axcrypt. But I have to ask. Do you have a password on your user account for your computer.
     
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    ddd04195 Thread Starter

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    I do but there are children in my house who also play on my computer. Its just an extra safty precaution so they can't accidently delete some files
     
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    I wouldn't count on encryption software preventing accidental deletion. Hopefully someone who's used these apps will clarify this for you.
     
  7. Squashman

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    Create an account for each of your children instead of letting them use your account. Keep the files in your user account.

    If you are worried about someone accidently deleting the files then I know for certain that you don't care about your data enough to make backups. Plenty of free and easy to use software to make backups.

    Data you don't have two copies of is data you don't care about. Some Old Guy here told me that once. :rolleyes:
     
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    Even if each kid had their own account, they could still delete the files. Depending on the kids, they may know all sorts of tricks or might be sweet angels who sometimes make mistakes using computers. I've seen plenty of adult sweet angels who make such mistakes.

    Unfortunately, the solutions are not designed to be easily implemented by the average home user. There's NTFS file permissions which requires not using simple file sharing which most family's want to use on their networks. Or there's storing important data only on removable media (flash drives, CD/DVD/ external hard drive) and disconnecting when not in use by the adults. This could get inconvenient.

    Of course you should always have backups of important data, but not many people make instantaneous backups of important files after every change is made. There's always a margin for error that can result in data loss.
     
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    ddd04195 Thread Starter

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    I just thought adding a password would be more usefull especially if my computer gets stolen and i just tried it, protected documents cannot be deleteed without a password.
     
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    Backup is the ONLY way to truly protect those files. What happens if your disk dies?

    Remember: Data you don't have at least two copies of is data you don't care about.
     
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    There's that old guy. ;)
     
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