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How can I make a folder have a password?

#11ChromaticAngelPosted 7/26/2012 7:02:25 PM
if you have Windows 7 Ultimate use Bitlocker.
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#12UglyisyournamePosted 7/26/2012 7:04:46 PM
Just put everything in a folder and leave it the default name "New Folder" nobody will look in there :-)
#13gastamanPosted 7/26/2012 7:07:18 PM
From: ChromaticAngel | #011
if you have Windows 7 Ultimate use Bitlocker.


Can BitLocker encrypt individual files and folders? I thought just entire volumes.
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#14ChromaticAngelPosted 7/26/2012 7:35:58 PM
gastaman posted...
From: ChromaticAngel | #011
if you have Windows 7 Ultimate use Bitlocker.


Can BitLocker encrypt individual files and folders? I thought just entire volumes.


unsure, if it is entire volumes, then make a partition just for the clients folder and Bitlock it.
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#15gastamanPosted 7/26/2012 8:01:56 PM(edited)
ChromaticAngel posted...
gastaman posted...
From: ChromaticAngel | #011
if you have Windows 7 Ultimate use Bitlocker.


Can BitLocker encrypt individual files and folders? I thought just entire volumes.


unsure, if it is entire volumes, then make a partition just for the clients folder and Bitlock it.


You can only use BitLocker if your Windows partition uses BitLocker, as far as I know. EFS is really the easier and better option, for this scenario.
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#16Lonestar2000Posted 7/26/2012 8:03:47 PM
Truecrypt
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#17ShubPosted 7/26/2012 8:11:18 PM(edited)
EFS doesn't prompt you for a password though. The data is encrypted so a person who steals the computer or the hard drive may not decrypt the data without the password of the user who encrypted the data, and using one of those password reset tools will tamper with the keypair requires by EFS to decrypt the data, making it irrecoverable. But if you leave the computer unattended and don't lock it, anyone can just sit down in front of it and grab the encrypted data as if it wasn't encrypted to begin with.

The best option in this case is a TrueCrypt container of the desired size, which you can store directly on your hard drive like a document. Make sure to back it up if it contains important info. But again, TrueCrypt works by mounting an encrypted volume to a drive letter. If you leave your computer unattended with the TrueCrypt container mounted, the data within can be accessed freely.

So you gotta be careful either way, but TrueCrypt offers additional security.
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#18gastamanPosted 7/26/2012 8:21:56 PM
From: Shub | #017
EFS doesn't prompt you for a password though. The data is encrypted so a person who steals the computer or the hard drive may not decrypt the data without the password of the user who encrypted the data, and using one of those password reset tools will tamper with the keypair requires by EFS to decrypt the data, making it irrecoverable. But if you leave the computer unattended and don't lock it, anyone can just sit down in front of it and grab the encrypted data as if it wasn't encrypted to begin with.

The best option in this case is a TrueCrypt container of the desired size, which you can store directly on your hard drive like a document. Make sure to back it up if it contains important info. But again, TrueCrypt works by mounting an encrypted volume to a drive letter. If you leave your computer unattended with the TrueCrypt container mounted, the data within can be accessed freely.

So you gotta be careful either way, but TrueCrypt offers additional security.


Well that sucks.
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#19XjphPosted 7/26/2012 8:41:35 PM
Leaving your encrypted files open for someone who wanders by to look at does suck, yes.... what exactly did you expect from that scenario? Your computer to detect that it's not you that just came back from the fridge and lock itself down?
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#20gastamanPosted 7/26/2012 8:49:49 PM(edited)
From: Xjph | #019
Leaving your encrypted files open for someone who wanders by to look at does suck, yes.... what exactly did you expect from that scenario? Your computer to detect that it's not you that just came back from the fridge and lock itself down?


No, I expected it to require an encryption key to decyrpt the files/folders before they are able to be accessed. Apparently, this is not the case.

Edit: Also, the scenario doesn't entail "Leaving your encrypted files open", but rather, simply leaving your computer unlocked.
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