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Possible folder encryption?

2008-05-06, 18:34 PM
My X61 tablet is the first ThinkPad I've owned, so I'm still new to all of it's features and the whole ThinkVantage software suite.  I switched from a VAIO SZ series where you could encrypt folders and archives and lock them with the fingerprint scanner.  Basically if you want to open the folder, it'll ask you to swipe your finger before opening.

Is there a way to do this with the X61t?

I've read online about upgrading to Client Security Solution 8.1, but there's a step where I'm instructed to open the Windows Control Panel and open "Embeded Security Solutions" (or something to that effect), but that option is not available to me.

Thanks in advance,
Jeff


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2008-05-09, 20:21 PM
I also could not find the options they stated in the instructions..
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Re: Possible folder encryption?

2008-05-09, 20:52 PM
I don't use CSS myself, but my thoughts lead me to ask if the TPM (Security Chip) enabled is?


Message Edited by andyP on 05-09-2008 10:53 PM

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Re: Possible folder encryption?

2008-05-10, 15:45 PM
Pag - thanks for that link.  I had seen that previously...but I think I'll look into getting that software if there's no built-in solution from Lenovo.

andyP - my TPM is currently enabled.  I think that may have more to do with encryption of the entire disk rather than a specific folder.  I just want a folder to be protected by my fingerprint/password.
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Re: Possible folder encryption?

2008-05-10, 17:19 PM
Well, I downloaded and installed the SafeDisk software and it's definitely able to do what I need, only instead of locking down a folder I have to lock down a drive.  The only problem is, when I use the ThinkVantage Password Manager to store the password for my encrypted drive, it stores ***************** instead of the actual password.  It doesn't do this for any other program I ask it to store a password for.

Has anyone experienced this issue with storing passwords for anything else using the ThinkVantage Password Manager?

Jeff
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2008-05-11, 23:08 PM

my TPM is currently enabled.  I think that may have more to do with encryption of the entire disk rather than a specific folder.  I just want a folder to be protected by my fingerprint/password.

Try Truecrypt <www.truecrypt.org>.  You can configure the Thinkvantage password manager to autosubmit a nice long password to truecrypt, and once you set it up correctly mounting an encrypted directory is as simple as right clicking on the truecrypt service icon, clicking mount favorite volumes, and swiping your finger.

FYI, I don't recommend setting truecrypt to automount volumes on startup because it starts up before the password manger and therefore you can't get the password manager to submit the password from a thumbprint without some aggravation.
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Re: Possible folder encryption?

2008-05-13, 4:30 AM
Thanks a_roach.  I looked @ Truecrypt and it seems like it does exactly what the Utimaco software that IBM suggests (and offers for free to Thinkpad owners).  I did figure out how to edit passwords in the password manager, so I just let it create a record for the SafeDisk program and then I went in an edited it to the correct password.  I guess I'll stick to this until something else happens.
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