Control access to files and folders

with Folder Guard for Windows 10, 8, 7, and XP

Access control model

Folder Guard offers an access control model that is much simpler than the built-in access control of Windows. Instead of setting up user groups, access control lists, inheritance rules, etc., Folder Guard lets you define the common access control settings for its built-in Default user, and then set up exceptions to the rules for other users, if necessary. Unlike Windows, Folder Guard can protect access to folders located not only on the NTFS disks, but also on the FAT/FAT32 drives.

Setting up access control

To set up access control with Folder Guard, first decide how you want to protect a folder for most of the users (represented within Folder Guard by the built-in Default user), and then decide which users should have exceptions to the rules.

For example, if you want a folder to be hidden and inaccessible to all users except yourself, then you should assign the hidden and no access attributes to that folder for the Default user, and then assign the visible and full access attributes to the folder for your own user account. This way, you will be able to see and access the folder without limitations, while other users will not be able to do that, because of its attributes set up for the Default user.

Or, if you want a folder to be fully accessible to all users except for a specific user, then assign the visible and full access attributes to that folder for the Default user, and then assign the hidden and no access attributes to the folder for the specific user account you want to be restricted from accessing the folder.