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Folder Guard '95

Type of Program: Security
Supported Platforms: Windows 95
Company Name: Chaosoft
Version: 4.04
Price: $49.95 per computer
Installed Size: 1.00 MB

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Folder Guard is a software-only security solution for personal or publicly accessible computers running the Windows 95 operating system. It offers different security levels for each different user of the computer, is highly configurable, and can block access totally to any number of disks or folders that you want. (Which does not mean that the disks/folders are simply hidden from view, like some other security programs.)

The program in effect offers many of the security feature of Windows NT in one program, but one shortcoming is that it is quite difficult to understand. If you have many users of one computer however, and you are willing to read the help files thoroughly, then it certainly proves it's worth. You can set up just one "Default" user, and another "Administrator". Any new users that login will be assigned the "Default" permissions, meaning less worry for Teachers, or those people who work in that sort of an environment.

Another plus is that the logon box that greets the users when Windows 95 is started can be altered, so that the "Cancel" button can be disabled, and that no new user accounts can be created without a password. There is an annoying registration reminder that forces the user to click OK every 5 minutes, and if the computer crashes without being properly shut down then there is a risk of files being locked out, even to the Administrator.

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Reviewed by Steven Fletcher

Purchasable either by Telephone, Secure Internet Pages, or by Mail.


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