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Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by greenbrucelee, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    Even though I am the only user on a PC (admin privelages) is there a way to get a folder to ask for the admin password before it opens?

    OS (XP pro)
     
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  2. Qs

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    Yeah, but it's a bit of work-around.

    There are a few methods:-

    Third party programs such as http://www.password-protect-software.com/. You'll obviously have to pay for this, but there are some free trials etc.

    Set permissions on the folder for yourself and/or use a new user account (ball-aching I know)

    My chosen method would be to compress the folder and set a password as a zipped folder. (To do this - right click the folder, add to compressed zip folder option, it shoudl be through the send to menu) Obviously there are pros and cons to this dependant upon the size of said folder but afaik that's the limit of your options for your situation.

    Let me know matey.

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  3. greenbrucelee
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    Thanks, I'll have a go when I get home.

    I know if I leave the computer I can log off then log back on but this folder I would like to keep secure from anyone
     
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    Why not just give yourself permissions to access the folder instead?
     
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    I already do, it was more of an idea to keep any prying eyes out of that folder if I was away from the pc for a few seconds.
     
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    Surely you could just store your porn on a flash drive instead.


    I kid, I kid :p
     
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    LOL nah my flash drive aint big enough :twisted::D
     
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    I bet that's what all the ladies say.


    Metaphors, woo! Ok, I'll stop...
     
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    greenbrucelee,

    The whole idea behind NTFS and Shared permissions is to have single login access to everything that you're supposed to have access to. So to intentionally disabling unrestricted access to something you're supposed to have access to, in this case a folder, seems like you're trying trying to take a step backwards towards workgroup networking instead of the current state of multi-users on a single computer.

    How about you lock your computer by typing Ctrl-Alt-Del then Enter when you're "...away from the pc for a few seconds" instead? That way, you'd need a password to access the whole computer, including the folder you're trying to protect?
     
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    yep I suppose that is the only option, oh well. Cheers

    I was just wanting a verify you are the administrator for opening that folder.
     
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    What R.H.Lee said. I always (and I'm assuming I'm not alone in this) lock my desktop when away from my desk. There have been instances in the past, and I'm not kidding, of users sitting down at a desk which has been remotely connected to a server and said user has shut it down.

    Panic then ensues.

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    The last time I did'nt lock my PC, one of my colleagues sent an email out to everyone saying I wanted to see them naked!
     
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    MS have a nice little utility called MS Private Folder. Basically it creates an encrypted (password protected) folder for you.

    I don't know if it's still available though.
     
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    Hmm yeah, good little find.

    GBL - check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Private_Folder. There's an download link on the page.

    Still, I'd stick with locking your PC :p

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    Windows keyboard shortcut: "Windows key + L" is faster. We have a practical joker at work that, if he sees your PC unlocked and you're away, will go into Outlook and change the autocorrection settings so that the names of your co-workers go from something like "Frank" to "Jerk". :rolleyes:
     
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    Cheers, reppage :)

    yep seems like I must cheers, reppage :)
     
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    has anyone punched him yet? :D:twisted:
     
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    If something like that happened at my place it would go like this: the first time, a good practical joke, the second time, this is getting annoying, the third time, the guy gets restricted access to everything (sin bin).

    I also agree with the others that locking the pc when you go away is the best solution (unless you also have something to hide from other admins :D in which case the MS utility is very good).
     
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    Indeed. Shortcuts FTW and all of that. Similar thing happened at Uni but that was messing with the orientation of the windows start-bar.

    Good times... :p
     
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