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Setting passwords on files

By lynnm77
May 28, 2002
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  1. Is there a way to download or upload a document or picture and put a password or something on it, so that guests on my computer cannot access it?
     
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    there are MANY ways. MANY.

    Anyway, I take it that in this case, you are trying to hide porn or something....

    Well, with Window 2000 or XP you can encrypt and set a password or set permissions on a folder so that no one can else can access it. This is built in.

    You could also set a password on a zip file.

    There are MANY things you could do.
     
  3. lynnm77

    lynnm77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, it's a journal, but I've wondered about a pic before, one of myself that I would not want my children viewing. You told me ways I could do this, but it's over my head. Could you bring it down to my level,please, without making me feel like a *****? Thank you.
     
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,577   +269

    Welcome to TechSpot forums

    If you don't already have winzip (data compression and archiving) tool then download from www.winzip.com
    You can download an evaluation copy from here.
    When you archive your existing files into a zip file you can delete the originals and just use the ones inside the zip file. Before dragging and dropping files into a zip archive/file you should select "options/password" and enter a password. That way no one can access these files without entering the correct password.

    If you are running Windows 2000 or Windows XP right click on the folder you wish to add security restrictions to and click on "properties" and then the tab marked "security". This will allow you to select what access rights different registered users of the computer system have to that directory.

    ;)
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,577   +269

  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Re: Welcome to TechSpot forums

    That could only work if the partition is in NTFS right ? Good luck explaining that one.;)
     
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,577   +269

    Webopedia:
    Partition
    NTFS
    FAT32 (File allocation table 32 bit)

    Basically windows98 and windows ME use FAT32 and windows 2000 and XP use NTFS (but can use and access FAT32 disk partitions). So if you are using 2000 or XP you can use the security option, if 98 or ME probably best using WinZip to protect files from unauthorised access...
     
  8. lynnm77

    lynnm77 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks very much, Arris. I am using XP and I do have WinZip. Thanks so much, have a great day. Lynn
     
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,577   +269

    Your welcome Lynn :)
     
  10. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Stop blushing Arris.;)
     
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    How about 9x or ME? I'd like to know.:blush:
     
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Re: Re: Welcome to TechSpot forums

    Yes. There aren't permissions as such in FAT32 or FAT.
     
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Arris just wants to see that pic that she doesn't want her childern seeing.
     
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,577   +269

    Sometimes the maturity level of this place is so refreshing ;) :rolleyes: :p :D
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    :) Glad to have helped brighten you day in some respect :rolleyes: :confused: :rolleyes: .
     

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