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By wallen ·
How do I password protect a file/folder in 98 and 2000. How can I lock my computer in win98.

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by timwalsh In reply to File protection

Windows 98: Win98 is an inherently unsecure operating sytem. There isn't a lot you can do to prevent a determined user from getting into your computer and accessing your files, by only using MS Windows provided tools.

Option 1: Password protect individual files from within an application. This option is available through MS Office products, but most other applications don't have this feature.

Option 2: Use a third-party application like PGP to encrypt your important files. The downside to this is that if you lose your encryption key, there is usually no way to recover a file.

Locking down a Windows 98 computer: Your options are limited to implementing a BIOS boot-up password, and/or implementing a password-protected screensaver (unless you physically lock it up). Again, either of these will only slow down a person determined to get into your computer. The BIOS password can be bypassed by resetting the BIOS (usually a jumper setting on the motherboard, or by removing the CMOS battery). A password-protected screensaver can be bypassed by merely re-booting the computer. Setting up a user account (with a user ID and password) does you not good in Win98 (whether set up on the computer or on a domain controller) as you only need to click Cancel at the log-on screen to bypass this.

Windows 2000: You have many more possibilities here. There is one caveat though - You must format the hard drive as NTFS to take full advantage of the security features.

Assuming the hard drive iIS formatted as NTFS, you can password protect individual files, or folders, or any combination thereof. To do this, highlight the file/folder, right-click and choose the Properties | Security tab. From there you can set access permissions to meet your requirements. If you are currently using Win2K and don't see a Security tab when you do this, the drive is not formatted as NTFS.

Hope this helps.

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