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Windows 7 account security files not private at all

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February 2, 2012 11:46:11 AM

I have installed Windows 7 Home Premium.

The Account (Michael) is an admin account. All my documents are located on another Hard Drive. I have changed the location of the corresponding document folders to the other HDD. (using the right click on select person folder, change location).

A make a new standard account and I was shocked to find that this account can access all of the Michael's account documents, they're even indexed so when I search from the start menu, my own documents, videos and photos quite easily show up in the results.

Just has to open up Computer, open the HDD with the documents, and walla! There they are. For all to view.

How is this so? Nothing is private. In any way. This is ridiculous.

These are actually listed under my personal folder, but accessible to anyone. Doesn't even state the standard account needs permission. Plus it's indexed!

I've tried changing the security settings on the folder, to no avail. I've looked in the indexing locations, and my personal folder isn't even listed in the areas to index!

PS. My files are not shared, in any way.

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February 2, 2012 11:57:30 AM

"How is this so? Nothing is private. In any way. This is ridiculous."

This is not ridiculous, this is just how its setup.
Password protecting folders, limiting account functions and setting the correct security is the way to go, bare in mind some permisions are inherited from parent folders and inheritance needs to be removed.

Saying this is ridiculous is fairly hypocritical.

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February 2, 2012 12:01:30 PM

My personal documents are not secure. I shouldn't actually need to change a thing.
Windows XP didn't allow for other users to access my documents.

One of the reasons for separate accounts is to keep files separate. They're personal for a reason.

Imagine if Facebook allowed anyone with an acccount to change my profile, update statuses, and comment?
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February 2, 2012 12:05:31 PM

Irrelivent comparison, it doesnt matter what has been and what other things are like, this is what this is like. If this was a server based issue then I would agree.....but it isnt, its a home PC.... and home PC's arnt overly designed for security from physical threats, moreso virtual threats.

If you want to keep user accounts files completely inaccessable by other users then you will have to go out of your way to make it so, it isnt hard to do you just need to have a small ammount of knowledge to be able to do it.

All in all, stop complaining and just adapt to it.
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February 2, 2012 12:14:50 PM

So my personal work documents and all are not personal?

What if I had siblings? (I do but I've since moved). They could have seen or done things they shouldn't.

Considering other peoples files in Windows 7 (on other computers) are private, I'm pretty there'd have to be a flaw with my account.
Hell, my previous installation of windows 7 on an older PC had made my documents private to other users. It's always said "You currently don't have permission to access this folder. It'd than ask for my password.

This standard account is 'hidden' from me with the above permission dialogue box. But because I am admin I can just 'continue' with ease. Why doesn't it do that when the standard account accesses the admins files?

If you can't help, please don't talk.
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February 2, 2012 12:24:12 PM

I've got it sorted now.
I justed edited the folders permissions. (Quite a lot of fart arsing around).
It first said I did not own the folder, then after eventually getting ownership, I had to add the standard account (david) to the list of users (manually), then I could finally set his permissions to denied.
I logged in to his account, and walla, he can't see my files at all. :D 
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February 2, 2012 12:25:52 PM

How about I give you a hint.

The Account (Michael) is an admin account. All my documents are located on another Hard Drive. I have changed the location of the corresponding document folders to the other HDD. (using the right click on select person folder, change location).

YOU have changed the defaults with your account and windows, YOU have made a change which has resulted in the "norm" no longer being.

PEBCAK.

If you are changing something from the default, expect issues. There is an issue here, the fact that a very naive fool is upset that he cant hide his porn.

Quick tip, dont complain that something has gone wrong, dont make pressumptions and dont go for help then get stroppy when somebody explains the issue.
You need to learn how to use security tools which are provided not just take a quick glance and then rant on about how that shouldnt happen.

Have fun.
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February 2, 2012 12:29:05 PM

So all that and it was folder permisions......niceone.
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February 2, 2012 12:34:38 PM

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February 2, 2012 6:09:33 PM

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