Protecting Folders On A Network.

Network users can protect files from being seen by others on the network by saving them to the their hard drives, but itís important to note that daily backup routines run on network systems do not back up files saved on the hard drive. Network users can, however, password protect entire folders using the Network Control Panel in Windows 98.

To begin, you will need to have enabled the Sharing options on your system. Go to Control Panel and select Network. On the Configuration tab is a button to enable File and Print Sharing; click it. In the window that appears, check the I Want To Be Able To Give Others Access To My Files option and click OK.

Since each program has its own method of password protecting individual files, we are going to focus on password protecting entire folders. Weíll show you how to protect individual files in standard programs later. If you have several sensitive files, itís best to place them in a single protected folder so you donít have to remember multiple passwords.

To password protect a folder, open My Computer and locate the folder youíre going to protect. Right-click the folder or go to the File menu and select Properties. In the Properties window that appears, click the Shared tab. The default for all files is Not Shared. To protect the folder, click Shared As.

Here, you can set the access controls allowing others to only read the folder, have full access to the folder, or a combination of both. If you click the Depends On Password option, you will need to assign a password for Read-Only access and for Full Access. Assign (and remember) your passwords, then click Apply and confirm your passwords, then click OK. Now that password or passwords will be required for anyone accessing the folder.

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