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Password protecting folders in NT

By ralph_gci ·
I have a user who needs secure files. He has a folder on an NT server that only he and I can access, but, being extremely busy and hectic, he is constantly walking away from his workstation while logged on, which leaves his files vulnerable. I tried using a password protected screensaver on his machine to lock his machine after one minute, but the screensaver won't start (a completely different topic). Is there any way to password protect a folder on an NTFS partition?

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by curlergirl In reply to Password protecting folde ...

Unless there is a 3rd party product I've never heard of, there is no way to do this. NTFS security is totally logon driven - if the user leaves his workstation logged on then there's no way to prevent access except w/a password protected screensaver. If the items in the folder are documents, then they can be password protected in the app - i.e., Word or Excel, etc., but that's all I can suggest. Hope this helps!

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by ralph_gci In reply to Password protecting folde ...
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by McKayTech In reply to Password protecting folde ...

I agree with the answer already offered - no way that I know of.

Having faced this situation before with a very talented but forgetful executive - would it be possible to physically secure his computer in such a way that when he walks away, no one else has physical access to the machine so the open logon is less of a problem?

Other than that, it seems that your best bet will be to get the screensaver working.

paul

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by ralph_gci In reply to Password protecting folde ...

Thanks. No on the physical security.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Password protecting folde ...

I would treat this as a social engineering problem. Ctrl-Alt-Del and "lock workstation" only takes seconds. Try friendly persuasion.

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by ralph_gci In reply to Password protecting folde ...

I neglected to indicate it is a win 95 workstation. Thanks.

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by ec364 In reply to Password protecting folde ...

The only thing I can think of is changing the attribute of the folder to Hidden. Then from the Folder Options, check the box that says, "Do not show hidden files." Now, if you want to access a file in the folder, say from Excell or Word, you have totype in the path or UNC as in: \\ntserver\share\hiddenfolder
in the File field to show all the files.

Although, if you're running Win2K, the View option from Folders Option, there is an option, Go to, and it lists all the folders from the current one whether hidden or not.

Other than this, and as mentioned by other answers above, I don't think there is any.

Enjoy!

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by ralph_gci In reply to Password protecting folde ...

Its an idea I'll have to think about.

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by steveh In reply to Password protecting folde ...

There is no way to password protect files or folders with NTFS. I would recommend you ask the employee to lock his workstation whenever he gets up. Maybe you should look into the screen saver problem too. It might be something that can be solved by restoring from an ERD, or (re)applying the latest service pack.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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by ralph_gci In reply to Password protecting folde ...

I neglected to indicate it is a win 95 workstation. Thanks.

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