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03-13-2004, 11:05 AM
Hey Guys n Girls,

Does anyone know how to lock or password protect folders/files.

I have created a web page document (only a simple one using frontpage) and have created folders for most of it with a few odd files lying around. I am going to burn it to CD and send it to someone. I want to be able to prevent them from copying and pasting it and then editing it.

Can this be done....maybe by password protecting the folders or something. Anyway I don't know how at the moment and hope some of you might be able to advise.



Vic 970
03-13-2004, 12:47 PM
well seeing as how the modern CD burners report "CD copyright protected" then continue to burn it anyway, I would say probably no, but then someone will come up with a way to do it, and someone else with a way to overcome it, so

take a look .........

here (http://www.webtoolmaster.com/wtm_e.htm)

and ...............

here (http://advisor.com/doc/08173)

but also ............

here (http://www.todaysengineer.org/July02/copyright.asp)

and .......

here (http://ukcdr.org/issues/cd/links/news.com.com_2100-1023-817937.html)

but there will probably be more opinions along shortly.

03-13-2004, 12:54 PM

I know you will never stop people copying CD's, but I was hoping to password protect the files on it to prevent anyone making unauthorised changes.

Sorry if I implied otherwise


Vic 970
03-13-2004, 01:11 PM
there is s/w to password protect folders, to either stop them being read or stop them being edited.

but it will not (as I understood you to mean from your first post) stop someone from copying the CD then pasting it and editing it and burning it back onto CD.

at least I dont think so. also I believe the s/w which password protects the folder only works on the pc which it has been set up on. so for instance you could set it up on your own pc and protect a folder which your kids (for example, who have access to your pc) could not access. HOWEVER they could copy the folder to floppy (or other media) and take it around to their friends, on whose pc it would be just an ordinary folder.

example (http://www.password-protect-software.com/password-protect-folders.html)

I havent looked into the above, but I have with similar.

david eaton
03-13-2004, 04:17 PM
The problem is, that if they can open the files at all, then they can be edited.

If the page opens in a web browser, it can be saved elsewhere, and edited.

If it encrypted to prevent editing,then it won't open and display in a browser.

I think you are clean out of luck on this one.

Paul Komski
03-13-2004, 04:28 PM
It can be done with pdf documents but I haven't come across a way of "protecting" html files in this way. Also it's not that hard to hack the pdf setup in order to get at the content (for example by using a pdf-to-html converter).

You can encrypt/compress the folders with something like EasyCrypto (http://www.handybits.com/easycrypto.htm) and send them elsewhere, but this wont prevent editing of the html once the folder is decrypted at the other end.

I suppose you could scan the output into a graphics file, which would hide all the html code and send that. The recipient would need to OCR the text to get it back into an editable form. He He FTT - I see you came up with the same idea while I was editing this post. ;)

Fruss Tray Ted
03-13-2004, 04:33 PM
Not sure what these files are but, if it is text you don't want altered, here's something that will at least slow them down.

Save the documents as a picture file so it becomes a bitmap or jpeg. Then enter those into the folder or file on the cd or webpage. They'd still be readable but not editable in the normal sense.

Another idea is to print them out and scan them back which would give a similar result.

Kinda off the wall idea but if we knew what the files were we might be able to think of another way.

03-15-2004, 11:54 AM
Thanks everyone for the replies.

The files are just boring work stuff, that I have cobbled together and made into a kinda mini webpage. It will be burnt to disc eventually for distribution to other in my organisation. I simply want to prevent anyone from editing the material contained in it.

Thanks again for everyones time and efforts