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Password protected DVD ? RRS feed

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  • In order to create a CD, CDRW or DVD disc that is only viewable once a
    password is entered, it's going to require that the contents of the
    disc are first encrypted before being stored onto the disc. This way
    an intelligent user can't simply "browse" outside of the root folder
    of the disc to obtain access to the files they want. You also don't
    want to force the user of the disc to have to load special software on
    their PC in order to access the disc (or maybe this is only for your
    PC). I'm going to list a couple of different options for password
    protecting removable media:

    encryptX SecurDataStor
    http://www.encryptx.com/products/securdatastor.asp

    "The SecurDataStor™ product line is designed to provide a
    comprehensive software security solution that manages and controls
    access to sensitive information that you need to share internally and
    externally. With its end-to-end protection of sensitive business
    information, SecurDataStor products protect sensitive information when
    used by the originator, stored locally on a hard drive or file server,
    and when shared. Users can safely share sensitive information across
    different Microsoft® Windows® operating systems, over different
    network and firewall technologies, and across different forms of
    removable media. After you have shared the information, it remains
    protected while the recipients or third parties are using it. They do
    not need to possess their own copy of the software to access and use
    the files."

    The SecurDataStor product comes in three different versions - Basic,
    Premium and Platinum. I would recommend the Premium as it includes the
    CDR plug-in. It retails for $99 on their website.

    Information about the CDR plugin specifically is available here:
    http://www.encryptx.com/products/securwebcd.asp

    Excerpt: "SecurMedia is ideal for sharing all types and forms of
    sensitive information on PC removable storage media including audio,
    video, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The
    SecurMedia/SecurWebCD plug-in is compatible with all Microsoft®
    Windows® operating systems, including Windows 98 SE, ME®, 2000®, XP®
    (Professional and Home versions), and Windows NT® 4.0 and higher."

    Another option would be to simply use WINZIP (http://www.winzip.com)
    to create a self-extracting executable of the entire contents of the
    disc that is password protected. You could have this self-extracting
    file set to autorun when the disc is inserted. Only problem with this
    solution is that the contents must first be completely extracted to
    the user's hard drive before whatever is on the disc can be
    read/executed/etc.

    Here's a few words on the password security of self-extracting zip
    files:

    Password Security
    To create a password-protected self-extracting Zip file, simply use
    password protection on the standard Zip file being used. WinZip®
    Self-Extractor will automatically create a password-protected
    self-extracting Zip file; the user will be prompted for the password
    when the self-extracting Zip file is run. Unless the correct password
    is supplied, the files will not be extracted.
    If the standard Zip file is not password-protected, then the
    self-extracting Zip file won't be password-protected either.

    To create a password-protected standard Zip file using WinZip, choose
    Password from the Options menu and specify a password before adding
    files to the Zip file.

    About Password Security
    WinZip uses the industry standard Zip 2.0 encryption format. Password
    protecting files in a Zip file provides a measure of protection
    against casual users who don't have the password and are trying to
    determine the contents of your files.

    There are several other ways to encrypt the files that can be stored
    on a removable media, but the two mentioned above are probably the
    best options as they don't require the user to decrypt a single file
    at a time and/or load a piece of software on their computer in order
    to access it. I've placed some links to other encryption products at
    the end of this answer. If you goal is to simply require a password on
    a CD that will ONLY be used on YOUR pc and you don't mind loading
    encryption/decryption software on the computer, please let me know and
    I'll make some more suggestions for you.

    Some things you simply might not be able to password protect in the
    way you want - like audio cds and/or authentic DVD movies. You may
    have to play around with the different software packages to find one
    that works best for your needs.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:08 PM