Software to password protect wlmail.exe or installation folder?

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Gilles, May 23, 2008.

  1. Gilles

    Gilles Guest

    As I definitely don't want to create multiple user accounts just in order to
    password protect WL Mail, does anyone know about a (free?) software that
    would make it compulsory to enter a password when launching wlmail.exe?

    Alternatively, I believe that password protecting the folder:
    Program Files/Windows Live/Mail
    would also do it.

    Based on the number of negative user comments regarding the lack of security
    of WLM on this forum, I think this would be greatly appreciated by the
    community.
     
    Gilles, May 23, 2008
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Your concept of 'security' seems to be a lot different than mine.
    Even if you could password-protect WLM, how would you prevent
    access to non-mail stuff like your Documents and Pictures?
    Perhaps you could explain why you need to password-protect WLM only.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, May 23, 2008
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. In addition to that, Windows Live Mail messages are stored in plain text
    files. Anyone with access to your PC can read them without even opening
    WLM.
     
    Michael Santovec, May 23, 2008
    #3
  4. Gilles

    Gilles Guest

    Thank you for your answers, consistent with your other posts on this forum.

    For me, Email, like post mail, belongs to the privacy domain.
    I would not read a post mail arriving home for somebody else than myself,
    except if I have specific orders to do it.

    Pictures are shared documents, such as paper-printed pictures that you share
    with your family.
    Same for word documents, if you want to protect one from other's eyes, you
    just attach a password to this word document only in your PC, or store it in
    a secret place in your house (no need to lock your whole house for this
    purpose).

    I understand that WLM files, like OE files, are plain text documents.
    However, other persons having access to the computer, may not be experts in
    finding where all this is stored.
    I just want a first level of protection, like Identities in OE, so as to
    discourage any attempt to my privacy.
    That was really good enough in OE and having discussed this issue with a
    number of other users, it would really be beneficial to password protect the
    launch of the WLM software, without being forced to logoff and login all the
    time.

    I hope that a solution can be found on this issue.

    Gilles
     
    Gilles, May 24, 2008
    #4
  5. Gilles

    Gilles Guest

    In addition to my previous mail, I just found out that Thunderbird resolved
    the same issue, and this would really correspond to the needs (personnaly, I
    would prefer changing from OE to WLM, before trying Thunderbird to replace
    OE).
    Here is the description of the Thunderbird extension:

    This extension for Thunderbird can let you protect your profile through a
    password.
    It must be clear that for the characteristics of Thunderbird, a protection
    like this is very tiny and a smart user can bypass it easily.
    The type of protection given by this extension is unfit for situations where
    it's really important to protect own mails from not authorized people. Anyway
    it can be useful in some other situations (i.e. in family).

    Features of the extension:
    - possibility to have a password request when you open your profile;
    - possibility to lock the main window, while Thunderbird is running;
    - full localization
     
    Gilles, May 24, 2008
    #5
  6. If there are multiple users of your computer, there are other reasons
    besides privacy for giving the other users a separate user login.
    I take it that some of those users are not technically astute, so they
    could inadvertently delete important files or make undesired changes.

    Do the other users not need their own email access? Depending on
    what age they are, they may have that need in the near future.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, May 24, 2008
    #6
  7. Gilles

    Gilles Guest

    I understand your point, and I'm not questioning at all the multiple accounts
    feature.

    However, There are just situations where you just need to protect your Email
    access, like your post mail and not protect anything else (pictures,
    documents, etc.).

    I will continue searching for a piece of software that could password
    protect WLM, and test Thunderbird in parallel.
    I was quite happy with OE, but due to the new restrictions on the link to
    Hotmail accounts on June 30, I need to move to another Email software.
    I converted from OE to WLM until I discovered this security issue, and
    reverted to OE since.
    I hope anyway that MS will create an extension for password protection of
    WLM in the future.
     
    Gilles, May 25, 2008
    #7
  8. Gilles

    Guest Guest

    If I remember correctly, the new restrictions on Hotmail accounts have
    been put off, and should no longer go into effect on that date.
     
    Guest, May 25, 2008
    #8
  9. Gilles

    ...winston Guest

    ...winston, May 26, 2008
    #9
  10. Gilles

    Gilles Guest

    Thank you very much for this information.
    I will put testing of Thunderbird on hold, keep using OE and move to WLM
    once the password issue is resolved.
     
    Gilles, May 27, 2008
    #10
  11. Gilles

    b ax Guest

    I had the same problem as I share my pc with my family...so a simple workaround is to rename wlmail.exe so program gives an error if a family members mistakenly opens it..



    Gille wrote:

    Software to password protect wlmail.exe or installation folder?
    23-??-08

    As I definitely don't want to create multiple user accounts just in order to
    password protect WL Mail, does anyone know about a (free?) software that
    would make it compulsory to enter a password when launching wlmail.exe

    Alternatively, I believe that password protecting the folder
    Program Files/Windows Live/Mail
    would also do it

    Based on the number of negative user comments regarding the lack of security
    of WLM on this forum, I think this would be greatly appreciated by the
    community.

    Previous Posts In This Thread:

    On 23 ?? 2008 ???????? ??? 01:27
    Gille wrote:

    Software to password protect wlmail.exe or installation folder?
    As I definitely don't want to create multiple user accounts just in order to
    password protect WL Mail, does anyone know about a (free?) software that
    would make it compulsory to enter a password when launching wlmail.exe

    Alternatively, I believe that password protecting the folder
    Program Files/Windows Live/Mail
    would also do it

    Based on the number of negative user comments regarding the lack of security
    of WLM on this forum, I think this would be greatly appreciated by the
    community.

    On 23 ?? 2008 ???????? ??? 03:31
    Gary VanderMolen wrote:

    Your concept of 'security' seems to be a lot different than mine.
    Your concept of 'security' seems to be a lot different than mine
    Even if you could password-protect WLM, how would you preven
    access to non-mail stuff like your Documents and Pictures
    Perhaps you could explain why you need to password-protect WLM only

    --=2
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MV

    order to=2
    that=2
    wlmail.exe
    security=20

    On 23 ?? 2008 ???????? ??? 06:52
    Michael Santovec wrote:

    In addition to that, Windows Live Mail messages are stored in plain text files.
    In addition to that, Windows Live Mail messages are stored in plain text
    files. Anyone with access to your PC can read them without even opening
    WLM

    --

    Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.ht



    On 24 ?? 2008 ???????? ????? 02:57
    Gille wrote:

    Thank you for your answers, consistent with your other posts on this forum.
    Thank you for your answers, consistent with your other posts on this forum

    For me, Email, like post mail, belongs to the privacy domain
    I would not read a post mail arriving home for somebody else than myself,
    except if I have specific orders to do it

    Pictures are shared documents, such as paper-printed pictures that you share
    with your family.
    Same for word documents, if you want to protect one from other's eyes, you
    just attach a password to this word document only in your PC, or store it in
    a secret place in your house (no need to lock your whole house for this
    purpose)

    I understand that WLM files, like OE files, are plain text documents.
    However, other persons having access to the computer, may not be experts in
    finding where all this is stored
    I just want a first level of protection, like Identities in OE, so as to
    discourage any attempt to my privacy
    That was really good enough in OE and having discussed this issue with a
    number of other users, it would really be beneficial to password protect the
    launch of the WLM software, without being forced to logoff and login all the
    time

    I hope that a solution can be found on this issue

    Gille

    :

    On 24 ?? 2008 ???????? ????? 03:23
    Gille wrote:

    In addition to my previous mail, I just found out that Thunderbird resolved
    In addition to my previous mail, I just found out that Thunderbird resolved
    the same issue, and this would really correspond to the needs (personnaly, I
    would prefer changing from OE to WLM, before trying Thunderbird to replace
    OE).
    Here is the description of the Thunderbird extension:

    This extension for Thunderbird can let you protect your profile through a
    password.
    It must be clear that for the characteristics of Thunderbird, a protection
    like this is very tiny and a smart user can bypass it easily.
    The type of protection given by this extension is unfit for situations where
    it's really important to protect own mails from not authorized people. Anyway
    it can be useful in some other situations (i.e. in family).

    Features of the extension:
    - possibility to have a password request when you open your profile;
    - possibility to lock the main window, while Thunderbird is running;
    - full localization


    :

    On 24 ?? 2008 ???????? ??? 02:08
    Gary VanderMolen wrote:

    If there are multiple users of your computer, there are other reasonsbesides
    If there are multiple users of your computer, there are other reasons
    besides privacy for giving the other users a separate user login.
    I take it that some of those users are not technically astute, so they
    could inadvertently delete important files or make undesired changes.

    Do the other users not need their own email access? Depending on
    what age they are, they may have that need in the near future.
    =20
    --=20
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP


    forum.
    myself,=20
    share=20
    you=20
    it in=20
    this=20
    experts in=20
    to=20
    a=20
    protect the=20
    all the=20
    text=20
    opening=20
    only.
    in=20
    software=20
    of=20

    On 25 ?? 2008 ????? ????? 04:13
    Gille wrote:

    I understand your point, and I'm not questioning at all the multiple accounts
    I understand your point, and I'm not questioning at all the multiple accounts
    feature.

    However, There are just situations where you just need to protect your Email
    access, like your post mail and not protect anything else (pictures,
    documents, etc.).

    I will continue searching for a piece of software that could password
    protect WLM, and test Thunderbird in parallel.
    I was quite happy with OE, but due to the new restrictions on the link to
    Hotmail accounts on June 30, I need to move to another Email software.
    I converted from OE to WLM until I discovered this security issue, and
    reverted to OE since.
    I hope anyway that MS will create an extension for password protection of
    WLM in the future.

    :

    On 25 ?? 2008 ????? ????? 06:37
    <robertmile wrote:

    If I remember correctly, the new restrictions on Hotmail accounts havebeen put
    If I remember correctly, the new restrictions on Hotmail accounts have
    been put off, and should no longer go into effect on that date.

    On 26 ?? 2008 ?????? ????? 02:15
    ....winston wrote:

    FYI...to add to robert's input..
    FYI...to add to robert's input..

    WebDAV Protocol Deprecation Delayed - Status Update
    http://liveunplugged.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!F92775FC46A390CA!222.entry

    Responding to Customer Feedback - Disabling DAV
    http://emailsupport.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!5D6F5A79A79B6708!5745.entry


    I.e. I would interpret the above as 'not forever' and inevitable.


    --
    ...winston
    ms-mvp mail



    On 27 ?? 2008 ??????? ??? 01:33
    Gille wrote:

    Thank you very much for this information.
    Thank you very much for this information.
    I will put testing of Thunderbird on hold, keep using OE and move to WLM
    once the password issue is resolved.

    :

    EggHeadCafe - Software Developer Portal of Choice
    System.Xml.XmlSerializer Overview
    http://www.eggheadcafe.com/tutorial...8306-b95dbbea14ad/systemxmlxmlserializer.aspx
     
    b ax, Oct 28, 2009
    #11
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.