Password Protect File Folder

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Travis Wallace, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. Hi. I am running SBS 2003, with Win XP SP2 clients. I have a specific
    situation that I am hoping this group can help me with. I work for a church,
    and our pastor wants to set up a file folder that contains confidential
    documents. He wants to be the only one that can access it. The trick is, he
    wants it secured, even if someone were to sit down at his computer and have
    access to his My Documents folder. Is there a way to put a password on a
    particular file folder, outside of using the compression tool in Win XP? Or,
    barring that, is there a way to create a folder on the server that, when
    someone tried to connect to it, it askes the user to "log in" to the folder?
    If anyone has had some experience with a similar issue, or knows a good
    solution...I am all ears! Thanks in advance.

    Travis Wallace
    Travis Wallace, Dec 15, 2004
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  2. Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Dec 15, 2004
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  3. Merv, thanks for the reply. It looks like encryption will not do everything
    that I need to do. It will keep other users from accessing the files, but
    doesn't do anything about requiring authentication before accessing the
    folder, even if it is just the pastor trying to access the folder. The
    concern is that someone could sit down at his station, before the lock out
    occurs, and that person would have unrestricted access to all his files. We
    need to prevent that from happening with some of his files, because of the
    confidential nature of the information. My other concern is that it be done
    in such a way as to be included in the backup routine, but that is a
    secondary concern. Again, any more advice would be appreciated.


    Travis Wallace, Dec 15, 2004
  4. Sorry about that. How about using (folder compression + a password)...

    Windows Tips: Password-Protect Your Sensitive Files and Folders,aid,110663,00.asp

    Merv Porter [SBS MVP]
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP], Dec 15, 2004
  5. The only thing you can do is make sure he has a good password and remember to
    lock the computer if he gets up for any reason..... (Ctrl-Alt-Delete, Lock

    Also, depending on the document, you can put password locks on it....such as
    Excel documents

    Michael Patrick, Dec 15, 2004
  6. My boss wanted a situation where he could deny access to certain files from
    anyone who sat down at his desk when he was logged in. In other words, if
    he goes into a meeting and forgets to lock the computer, a secretary can't
    read his confidential documents. He ended up with product called
    Cryptainer. This seems to be a well-regarded product, and I believe there
    may even be a free version. While I would (and did) strongly urge using the
    built-in encryption rather than supporting a 3rd party product for the same
    purpose, it sounds like you're in a similar situation and this may be a good
    option for you.

    WARNING: Make sure you have the absolutely newest version if you get
    Cryptainer. You may have XP SP2 issues with the prior version.

    I wonder if it's me he's really hiding those docs from, since I can't
    picture a staff person browsing the boss's PC ;- )

    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Dec 15, 2004
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