Windows secrets. How to protect a folder with a password?Sometimes it becomes necessary to password protect a specific directory in the operating system. In the event that several people use a computer, the desire to protect their personal information is quite a common desire of any user. So how best to do this?
Of course, users of systems built on the NT kernel also installed on the NTFS partition, solve the problem of dividing access to file objects much easier than the owners of archaic Windows 9x. To do this, it is enough to register the corresponding benefits for each user working with the system. It's simple. Nevertheless, life situations are so varied and terrible that sometimes incompatible combinations get along on computers, for example, Windows 2000 on the FAT partition or, suppose all users work under one account. How in such ferocious conditions, "password" folder?
It is clear that there is no way to do without third-party software, so we will also try using the special utility Folder Guard , which allows you to manipulate access rights to directories and files almost in all Windows OS.
First, on the good old habit of telling about the financial and commercial features of the program. The cost of the Folder Guard version for all Windows OS is $ 60, but it is allowed to save 20 monetary units using the distribution kit for a specific system (98 / IU or 2000 / XP / 2003). In any case, the developer provides a 30-day use of the trial version of the program. What does Folder Guard allow? 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 is also 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 against encroachments from other users (including also against attempting to uninstall the application).
The Folder Guard interface is quite simple and there is no particular difficulty in working with it, but in any case be scrupulous in setting up access for system directories. Despite the fact that the system services have already been added to the “trusted” Folder Guard list, it is allowed, under the wrong circumstances, to ensure that Windows refuses to boot. For such extreme cases, the developer advises a special royalty-free utility Emergency Recovery Utility , which removes all installed access restrictions. Only the licensee of the installed Folder Guard can use this utility.
Of course, Folder Guard is in no way able to provide 100% protection for your data. After all, any individual who is more or less knowledgeable about the system or a young hacker, who is eager for new discoveries, is able to overcome the armor of this program. But, so no less, to create the main echelon of data protection on your computer, Folder Guard fits like impossible to the place.