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Password for excel file

  1. May 11, 2006 #1
    hey y'all

    I need help putting passwords on documents, i.e. these documents CANNOT be opened unless the password is provided. This could also be for a folder.

    Like I have documents in a folder, and I do not want anyone else to have access to this folder, I would therefore like to password protect access to this folder and if possible the files inside.
    thanks!
    :)
     
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  3. May 11, 2006 #2

    NateTG

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    Who are you trying to protect the file from?
     
  4. May 11, 2006 #3
    hahaha! :P from my little sister....

    totally kidding, not anyone in particular, but some things are just private and confidential, like work documents.. and I many times let others use my laptop.

    + my laptop got stolen recently, also with a lot of confidential documents unprotected!


    can u help me? :D
     
  5. May 11, 2006 #4

    russ_watters

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    file->save as->tools->general options
     
  6. May 12, 2006 #5
    thanks! :)
     
  7. May 12, 2006 #6

    NateTG

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    I suppose that might slow down your little sister. Someone who's going to go after your data will (at least) have something as powerful as, say http://lastbit.com/excel/, or any of a number of other excel password cracking tools out there.

    I don't know enough about excel or what the password protection actually does, but, considering their history on this, MS isn't exactly confidence inspiring.
     
  8. May 12, 2006 #7

    russ_watters

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    I was curious, so I Googled: http://lastbit.com/rm_guaranteed.asp
    So no, it isn't all that strong.
     
  9. May 14, 2006 #8

    Moonbear

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    If your concern is protecting confidential documents from theft, the best approach is to not save them on a laptop at all. Confidential documents should be stored on a computer or server with restricted access.
     
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