Does anyone know...


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Sue

....how to password-protect a floppy disk?

We send stats to the DWP on floppy disks and they've suddenly started
asking us to password protect them. I wanted to make the password
something like BL1AR_OUT! but I don't actually know how to set one

thanks
 
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Wodger

...how to password-protect a floppy disk?
We send stats to the DWP on floppy disks and they've suddenly started
asking us to password protect them. I wanted to make the password
something like BL1AR_OUT! but I don't actually know how to set one

thanks

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Sue @ Darkside Borough Council

Local government: whenever we look like making ends meet, Blair moves the
ends
That's a bit rich from the DWP asking for stuff to be sent to them
confidentially. In the organisation where I work, we often receive learning
disability client paperwork back from them (which they need to assess client
benefits, etc) showing all the clients personal financial affairs in brown
envelopes addressed only to the name of the organisation, with nothing to
show that the enclosed documents are of a personal, private and confidential
nature. We've already complained and got a response back to say they would
look into it, only to fnd several months on the same still happens.
 
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Colin Wilson

...how to password-protect a floppy disk?
We send stats to the DWP on floppy disks and they've suddenly started
asking us to password protect them. I wanted to make the password
something like BL1AR_OUT! but I don't actually know how to set one
You could send them as an archived file, i.e. ZIP - that would allow you
to add a password.
 
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Martin McGowan

Sue said:
....how to password-protect a floppy disk?

We send stats to the DWP on floppy disks and they've suddenly started
asking us to password protect them. I wanted to make the password
something like BL1AR_OUT! but I don't actually know how to set one

thanks
there is often a way to save the file with a password
in word 2000
Require a password to open a document
When you create a password, write it down and keep it in a secure place.
If you lose the password, you cannot open or gain access to the
password-protected document. Learn about using passwords.

Open the document.


On the File menu, click Save As.


On the Tools menu in the Save As dialog box, click General Options.


In the Password to open box, type a password, and then click OK.


In the Reenter password to open box, type the password again, and then
click OK.


Click Save.

do a search on the program help using save with a password and then
check all the options. you can direct where the securely save d file is
saved.
Martin McGowan
 
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John Adams

...how to password-protect a floppy disk?

We send stats to the DWP on floppy disks and they've suddenly started
asking us to password protect them. I wanted to make the password
something like BL1AR_OUT! but I don't actually know how to set one

thanks
Sue,
I wouldn't ask here. Ask the DWP. I suspect they are looking for some
kind of Public/Private key system as implemented in PGP, and indeed
they may well insist that you use a particular product.
Such a system has two benefits:
1. It prevents the data being read by unauthorised persons
2. It digitally signs your data so that the DWP can authenticate that
it is genuinely from you.

Alas for your excellent password suggestion, under such a scheme the
decrypting password will be set by DWP, not you. I suspect they will
use Camer1_knotbloody\likely
 
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anthonyberet

John said:
Sue,
I wouldn't ask here. Ask the DWP. I suspect they are looking for some
kind of Public/Private key system as implemented in PGP, and indeed
they may well insist that you use a particular product.
Such a system has two benefits:
1. It prevents the data being read by unauthorised persons
2. It digitally signs your data so that the DWP can authenticate that
it is genuinely from you.
haha - they are still using floppy-disks! - it is highly unlikely that
they have grasped pgp.

I think using a .zip archiver or word password are most likely - both
these are encrypting the file though, rather than the disk itself.
 
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joe kerr

haha - they are still using floppy-disks! - it is highly unlikely that
they have grasped pgp.

I think using a .zip archiver or word password are most likely - both
these are encrypting the file though, rather than the disk itself.
Does the builtin xpee zip function have encryption as standard?
Most of the windoze suckers will be using the builtin rather than
winzip or ultimatezip (better).
 
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John Adams

Does the builtin xpee zip function have encryption as standard?
Most of the windoze suckers will be using the builtin rather than
winzip or ultimatezip (better).
Ho Ho Ho
This is in response to a thread nearly six weeks old!
Most of us Windoze suckers, Joe, manage to reply to posts within a day
or two. Is your Operating System steam driven or what?

To answer your question, XP contains built in File encryption AND
build in compression, but you cannot use both at the same time. (You
cannot encrypt a zip file, it will be uncompressed first.)
 
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joe kerr

Ho Ho Ho
This is in response to a thread nearly six weeks old! Most of us Windoze
suckers, Joe, manage to reply to posts within a day or two.
Just bored.
Is your
Operating System steam driven or what?
Actually it's pretty fast. Faster than linux and faster
than xpee.
To answer your question, XP contains built in File encryption
Yeah? Is that what you call it?
:)

I hope it's better implimented than it was in w2k. Having said that
anything would be better than w2k.
AND build in
compression, but you cannot use both at the same time. (You cannot encrypt
a zip file, it will be uncompressed first.)
That's what I thought.
 
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John Adams

Actually it's pretty fast. Faster than linux and faster
than xpee.
Joe,
Out of interest, (and off-topic for this group, I know), what is this
magic OS you are using? I know that Mac OS is slower than Linux.

You are not having me on, are you? I've still got Dos 5 running on a
Pentium 90 laptop, and its BLISTERINGLY fast, but cannot actually run
any modern programs.

And yes, if you really need encryption or compression, XP's offerings
are pathetically inadequate. The same applies to the "free"
MovieMaker, Newsreader, Addressbook and Notepad.
In fairness they are only supplied to assist VERY infrequent usage.
 
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Martin Davies

joe said:
Just bored.


Actually it's pretty fast. Faster than linux and faster
than xpee.


Yeah? Is that what you call it?
:)

I hope it's better implimented than it was in w2k. Having said that
anything would be better than w2k.


That's what I thought.
I've never quite understood this need for speed.
Every system I've had, with windows, has always been fast enough for what I
want.

What exactly do people need extra speed for? Overtaking traffic?

Martin <><
 
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joe kerr

Joe,
Out of interest, (and off-topic for this group, I know), what is this
magic OS you are using?
FreeBSD

I know that Mac OS is slower than Linux.
Call me what you want but I have never used or even been near a mac system.
You are not having me on, are you? I've still got Dos 5 running on a
Pentium 90 laptop, and its BLISTERINGLY fast, but cannot actually run any
modern programs.
Hmmm... I wonder if the unices (at the console) are as fast as Dos? It
would be interesting to know.
And yes, if you really need encryption or compression, XP's offerings
are pathetically inadequate. The same applies to the "free" MovieMaker,
Newsreader, Addressbook and Notepad. In fairness they are only supplied
to assist VERY infrequent usage.
150 million (whatever) windoze suckers seem to be doing a fine job at
choking up the internet with them. At least as well as I am with this. :)
 
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joe kerr

I've never quite understood this need for speed. Every system I've had,
with windows, has always been fast enough for what I want.

What exactly do people need extra speed for? Overtaking traffic?
i know what you mean but when software undergoes continuing massive bloat
as it has done on both the windows and linux (applies to freebsd)
platforms it requires ever increasing processing power to function.
I have noticed that FreeBSD on a slower box is as quick as linux on a
slightly faster box. It's only a subjective observation of course.

Don't take any notice of me, xpee is ok in the main, if you know what you
are doing, if you can properly operate a firewall and antivirus package
and if you remember never to run any untrusted software with administrator
privileges and if you swap out internet explorer for something else like
opera or firefox and if you dump outlook express for something like
eudora or pegasus mail and if you do your office work with open office
instead of office xpee and if you remember to keep tabs on your system
services because xpee has a habit of switching services back on after you
have switched them off and if zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
;-)
 
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John Adams

I've never quite understood this need for speed.
Every system I've had, with windows, has always been fast enough for what I
want.

What exactly do people need extra speed for? Overtaking traffic?

Martin <><
Martin,
My experience has been the opposite. No graphical system has ever been
fast enough. Have you never tapped your fingers while your AntiVirus
programme chugs away, or waited 4 hours for the 3 minute footage of
young Jimmy picking his nose to be removed from your Family Wedding
video?
I can even remember, (Windows 3) waiting 30 minutes while a
Spreadsheet refreshed it's data!

Now that I am old and retired, I don't mind so much, but in the past I
have had only had an hour to:
Receive and reply to my mail,
Update a spreadsheet of Accounts,
Enter four more contacts into an Addressbook,
Note down two appointments,
Play a game of Solitaire
Get washed and changed,
Eat dinner
Be civil to the wife.
Reprimand the kids for whatever they did yesterday.

Speed matters!
 
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Martin Davies

joe said:
i know what you mean but when software undergoes continuing massive
bloat as it has done on both the windows and linux (applies to
freebsd) platforms it requires ever increasing processing power to
function.
I have noticed that FreeBSD on a slower box is as quick as linux on a
slightly faster box. It's only a subjective observation of course.

Don't take any notice of me, xpee is ok in the main, if you know what
you are doing, if you can properly operate a firewall and antivirus
package and if you remember never to run any untrusted software with
administrator privileges and if you swap out internet explorer for
something else like opera or firefox and if you dump outlook express
for something like eudora or pegasus mail and if you do your office
work with open office instead of office xpee and if you remember to
keep tabs on your system services because xpee has a habit of
switching services back on after you have switched them off and if
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ;-)
Nope, I'm a pretty basic user. I use both IE and firefox, different browsers
for different pages. Outlook express for viewing newsgroups, IE for email.
With all that, never seen the system slow down. Never had services switched
on after switching them off. System works for me.

Martin <><
 
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Martin Davies

John said:
Martin,
My experience has been the opposite. No graphical system has ever been
fast enough. Have you never tapped your fingers while your AntiVirus
programme chugs away, or waited 4 hours for the 3 minute footage of
young Jimmy picking his nose to be removed from your Family Wedding
video?
No, never had delays.


I can even remember, (Windows 3) waiting 30 minutes while a
Spreadsheet refreshed it's data!

Now that I am old and retired, I don't mind so much, but in the past I
have had only had an hour to:
Receive and reply to my mail,
Update a spreadsheet of Accounts,
Enter four more contacts into an Addressbook,
Note down two appointments,
Play a game of Solitaire
Get washed and changed,
Eat dinner
Be civil to the wife.
Reprimand the kids for whatever they did yesterday.

Speed matters!
Perhaps just different views of speed, or different systems.

Martin <><
 
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Mike

joe kerr wrote:
150 million (whatever) windoze suckers seem to be doing a fine job at
choking up the internet with them. At least as well as I am with this. :)
OS snobbery at it's best.

Mike
 

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