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By ldavis ·
My friend is running MS Outlook and Quicken. He currently has a password on Quicken. Now he wants to protect Outlook so that others in his home can not access his .pst file without a password.
What can be done? I looked into assigning a passwordin Win2000 but I got confused and I didn't see how to protect the .pst file once a password was assigned.
Please advise.

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by Albert Franco II In reply to Protect Windows or Outloo ...

You can't protect Windows 9x or Outlook password files using Windows or Outlook. MS hasn't got the slightest idea of security.

There are a number of third party tools available for encrypting your work in individual files or complete hard drive partitions.

These tools vary greatly in their implementations and their ease (difficulty) of use.

In order to choose a solution it is best to analyze the "threat model". This is jargon for the concept of deciding what you need to protect and from whom you need to protect it.

Obviously, keepping the kids out of your business mail is a different threat than keeping the competition out it. Can the contents cost you money (or jail time)? Is the snooper skilled? Does the information have ashort or long life? The answers to these questions will decide the level of protection you need.

If the client machine is Win95/98/ME then you only have third party solutions. From there you need to decide if file encryption is sufficient or if you'll need encryption of drives or folders.

If you use W2000/NT4 Server you can establish a domain and assign access passwords for the domain. Each user can then have access to their own resources and decide who else can or cannot. The administrator can always gain access to everything. A local password may provide enough protection although I wouldn't bet on it.

McAfee produces an interesting product that is based on PGP. But since they have been such good buddies of the Mind Police in the NSA I would not put anything that the police or government should not see in it. It may have backdoors. (You see how the threat model comes into play?)

Under any circumstance the Windows .pwl files are as far from secure as you can get. Any script kiddie can get or bypass your password in ten minutes or less. Who knows maybe the next remake of "Gone in 60 seconds..." won't be about cars...

Al Franco, II
apf2@apf2.com

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by Zalog In reply to Protect Windows or Outloo ...

There is an option in Outlook to password protect your .pst file(s). Here's how to enable it for your personal folders...

Select the properties for your personal folder (right click the top level folder from the folder list and choose propertiesor select it from the File menu). At the Personal Folder Properties window click the Advanced button then click Change Password. Leave the old password blank and enter your password in the New/Verify fields. If you want to always be prompted to enter the password DO NOT check the save password box.

Now when Outlook is started you will be prompted for the password.

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by RAMAC-9846778 In reply to Protect Windows or Outloo ...

Password protection for .pst files can also be enabled through the Tools menu item. Go to Tools/Services select Personal Folders and choose the Properties button. You can also encrypt .pst files when they are first created during the account setup. Then again maybe I'm wrong since MS hasn't got clue about security...according to some people.

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