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Setting File and Folder Permissions
It is a good idea to remove the Everyone group because this includes
everyone who can access your computer, including guests. Make sure
that you do not accidentally remove your username from the list. Also be
cautious removing the SYSTEM account. This is one account the operating
system uses to access files, but can be safely removed unless you
experience problems with a specific application or service.
5. Now that you have the list of users and groups taken care of, set the
specific permissions for each user. Select the name of one user that you want
to modify, and then hit the Edit button. Check the corresponding boxes
in the Basic Permissions list for the activities that you want him to be able
to do, as shown in Figure 20-11, and click OK.
6. When you have finished setting the permissions for all the users, click OK
to exit the permissions screen.
Figure 20-11: Adjust permissions for an individual to let him read files in the folder, but
not change them.
After you set the permissions for all sensitive directories, you will have greatly
increased your security and privacy. Also keep in mind that file permissions
are inherited. Every folder within a folder inherits the permissions of the
parent folder unless they are specifically removed. Therefore, if you set the file
permissions for a folder, all the subfolders and files are automatically set with
the same permissions.