XP/Vista - How to password protect shared files/directories?

By foolios
Feb 1, 2008
  1. What are some ways I can password protect or user protect files and directories?

    Do I need to set up a domain to do so? Can I get some recommendations please?

    I am guessing that this could get crazy intense, so I hope someone will have some patience with me. I am interested in methods for both XP and Vista.

    Thanks in advance for the ideas/suggestions/explanations, etc...
  2. frankibo

    frankibo TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Do you want people not to be able to get in or give a username and password?
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,131   +982

    Assuming you're trying to protect dirs/files from remote access, as properly running
    multiple users on the same system isolates all LUA users from one another.

    First, control access to the box using network features (eg: firewall)

    Second, control the directory access using a password

    Third, and only if absolutely required, you can control specific files using ACLs
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