Securing Y Drive Files and Folders

These instructions may also pertain to other network locations.

So you have some files here you want to keep safe, yet you need others to be able to see them. Well, not only is it possible, it's quite easy. Follow these instructions and you'll be in good shape... (If you use XP Home Edition, set the security from a lab computer)

1. Create a folder for yourself on the Y: drive, call it anything you'd like
<blockquote>Windows explorer: creating a new folder.</blockquote>

2. Using Windows Explorer, right click on the new folder and select "Properties"

3. Select the "Security" tab, you'll see that everyone is capable of changing your files:
<blockquote>Windows Properties Box: [Folder] properties.</blockquote>

4. Click the "Advanced" tab at the bottom right of the window

5. While inside the "Permissions" tab, click edit, then uncheck the "Inherit from parent..." check box
<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Advanced Security Settings for Folder

Permissions tab</blockquote>

<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Advanced Security Settings for Folder

Permissions tab</blockquote>

6. Are you sure?  Yeah, select "Remove"

7. Next, click the <blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Windows Security

[Copy][Remove][Cancel]</blockquote>"Add" button

8. Type in your PSUAE user name and click "OK"
<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Select User, Computer, or Group

Enter the object name to select:
abc1234</blockquote>

- if it can't find your account, check the location and object type above in the same window


9. "Allow" your account "Full Control" by checking the appropriate check box
- make sure this is applied onto "This folder, subfolders, and files"
<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Permission Entry for [folder]</blockquote>

10. click "OK" to accept the permissions for your account

<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Advanced Security Settings for Folder

Permissions tab</blockquote>
11. Add the account "system" with full control for backup purposes!

<blockquote>Windows Dialog box: Select User, Computer, or Group

Enter the object name to select:
system</blockquote>


You can add other accounts such as group members or friends; whoever you want, so long as they have an AE account. To allow anybody tosee what's in your folder without  the worry of them changing or deleting files, add the user "Everyone" and select the option to "Allow" them "Read Permissions", "Traverse Folder/Execute File", "List Folder/Read  Data", "Read Attributes", and "Read Extended Attributes". Once you get the permission entries you need, "Apply" them and click "OK" a couple times to exit. Permissions aren't just for folders, you can set them on individual files and subfolders as well.

If you run into any problems or would like some help, feel free to E-mail me,
at CoreyW@psu.edu.