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PCstats Q & A - Keep outta my files! - PCstats Q & A - Keep outta my files!
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This week's first Q&A question comes from Adam via our reader feedback page. If you have a tech question of your own, don't hesitate to visit our friendly forums too.

Q: Hello, I'm running a Windows 98 Second Edition system. I was wondering if you can password protect a folder to stop other users from accessing it in this operating system. I know how to stop shared folders from being accessed, but when the entire family shares the one account on the one computer there are some games and programs I want saved from the reach of my little brother. Any help?

A: On its own, Windows 98SE is not capable of password protecting files or folders. Even Windows XP cannot really do this properly when all users are sharing a single user account. The solution lies in third-party software. There are several freeware encryption/password protection utilities that will do what you are looking for. My personal favourite is AxCrypt, which encrypts your files with a password and can be used from the right-click context menu. Keep in mind that if you intend to encrypt program .EXE files, you should redo the shortcuts after encrypting them, otherwise you may experience some strange results.

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