Tech Tips: How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows XP?

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If you are working in a networked environment and wish to secure or keep all your sensitive and important files files, then the best way to do this is to disconnect your computer to the network, that is if the company permits it. Anyway… I been seeing a lot of unknown and unwanted access to my PC lately, so I decided to make sure that my files are secured.

Since the company or the Network admin would not approve the use of another security program, here are some steps that may help keep your files private.

NOTE: Steps are for Windows XP users only.

A. Enable the “Encrypt Contents to Secure Data” of the folder.

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate the folder that you wish to secure.
  2. Right-click on the folder then select PROPERTIES then on the GENERAL Tab click the ADVANCED button.
  3. Under the “Compress or Encrypt Attributes” place a check on the “Encrypt Contents to Secure Data.”
  4. If your computer does not requires you to use a password, you will now be prompted for one.
  5. Then just keep clicking on the OK button for the changes to take effect.

NOTE: Make sure that you use a password that is secure but easy to remember.

B. Make this folder private for Windows XP Home users.

  1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate the folder that you wish to secure.
  2. Right-click on the folder then select PROPERTIES then on the SHARING Tab.
  3. Make sure that you select the Make this folder private is checked.
  4. Then just keep clicking on the OK and APPLY Button for the changes to take effect.

NOTE: You can also try the above steps to any drives that you suspects that is being accessed by your nosy network admin.

Since you are removing the sharing feature of your computer’s drive or folder, you may want to be ready for any memo or warning that may be coming from that nosy-network admin. *^_^*

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Last modified: May 1, 2009

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