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Question #4493 posted on 03/26/2004 12:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do you password protect files or file folders in Windows Explorer? I only have one account on my computer that is used by myself and any others who need to use my computer. Do I have to password protect each file, or can I do an entire folder?

- X-Ray

A: Dear X-Ray,

Unfortunately, if everyone uses the same user account, you cannot prevent anyone else from accessing your files. I you want to secure your files, you will need to set up a separate user account for everyone else. I recommend that you set up a guest account (Limited Access account in XP) for everyone else. That will automatically prevent anyone from accessing anything you've got stored on your desktop or in your "My Documents" folder.

- Rufus