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Secrets of Windows. How to protect a folder with a password?

Sometimes the need begins to password protect a specific directory in the operating system. If several people use the computer, the desire to protect their personal information is a completely common desire of every user. So what is the best way to do this?
Of course, users of systems built on an NT kernel also installed on an NTFS partition can easily solve the problem of sharing access to file objects than owners of archaic Windows 9x. To do this, it is enough to prescribe the appropriate benefits for each user working with the system. Everything is simple. Nevertheless, life situations can be so varied and terrible that sometimes incompatible combinations coexist on computers, for example, Windows 2000 on a FAT partition or, suppose, all users work under one account. How to "password-protect" a folder in such fierce conditions?
It’s clear that there is no way to do without third-party software, so we will also try to use the special Folder Guard utility, which allows you to manipulate access rights to directories and files in almost all Windows operating systems.

First, we will tell you about the financial and commercial features of the program according to the good old habits. The cost of the Folder Guard version for all Windows operating systems is $ 60, but it is allowed to save 20 monetary units by using the distribution for a specific system (98 / ME or 2000 / XP / 2003). In any case, the developer provides a 30-day period for using the Trial version of the program. What allows Folder Guard? The set is quite standard: adding passwords to folders, setting access for different users and services, the ability to hide directories, setting the visibility of objects, and much more. All this works even if the system is loaded in the so-called "safe" mode. In addition, it is allowed to protect the launch of the utility with a password to protect it from attacks by other users (including also from the creep of uninstalling the application).

The Folder Guard interface is quite simple, and there are no particular difficulties when working with it, but in any case, be scrupulous in setting access for system directories. Despite the fact that the system services have already been included by the Folder Guard into a number of "trusted" ones, it is allowed, if the circumstances are wrong, to ensure that Windows refuses to boot. It is for such extreme cases that the developer recommends a special free utility called Emergency Recovery Utility that removes all established access restrictions. Use this utility can only license holder installed Folder Guard.
Of course, Folder Guard is in no way able to provide absolute protection of your data. After all, any more or less versed in the system, an individual or a young hacker, eager for new discoveries, is able to overcome the armor of this program. But, nevertheless, to create the main echelon of data protection on your computer, Folder Guard fits as impossible as possible.