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Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2001 - 11:15 pm:   

Hi I am using Wins XP home and I already set it up such that users have to key in the correct password in order to log on. I also set up the power-on password. For security reasons I did not enable the guest account such that no one can log on my computer except myself. Now I think of another problem, if my roommates can get access to my computer, then they can take my hard
drive out and log on with their OS (Wins 2000 Pro) and copy everything in my hard drive. Does anyone how I can avoid this? (In my case my roommates have access to my computer so a doorlock is out of the question.)

Someone told me that there is a way to set password to folders and files in the hard drive so that even if someone try to copy things from my hard drive, they won't be able that correct?

Thanks in advance!
Posted on Friday, November 9, 2001 - 9:00 am:   

I think XP comes with built in encryption that should have passwords that would enable you to protect certain files and folders (making them useless without the password).

Otherwise you could get a third party encryption tool. The only problem is if there are large amount of files that you often access, having them encrypted could be a pain.

Friends that are taking out your hard drive to spy or steal from you don't sound too friendly.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 - 3:58 pm:   

Personally, I see only a few things that you can do:
1) Hire a security guard
2) Solder the case shut.
3) Move out and get your own apartment with double steel-bolted doors. Bar the windows. Install electric fence around the computer.

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