Moving documents location, are there security risks?


  1. Posts : 184
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    Moving documents location, are there security risks?


    I have moved my documents location by following the tutorial at Move Location of Documents Folder in Windows 10

    Is there any serious security risk in moving the documents from their default location and if so, how can I reverse the above move procedure?
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  2. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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    It will not protected by user account password but HDD can be encrypted if you like.
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  3. Posts : 184
    Windows 11 Pro
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    FreeBooter said:
    It will not protected by user account password but HDD can be encrypted if you like.
    I now have a "Documents" folder in c:\Users\[My Username]\ and a "My Documents" shortcut with file type "reparse point".

    Will the new documents folder ("Documents") be at more risk by being exposed to the Internet or is this not relevant?
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    It will have NTFS protection if your network protected by firewall you don't need to worry.
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  5. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2
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    It doesn't sound like you Moved your Documents folder correctly, if you did, the shortcut to the Documents folder under C:\Users\[UserName] would lead to the Documents folder on the Other Data drive, whatever drive letter that is, not a My Documents folder.
    If you use a Password or Pin to access your computer, all drives, including the Data drive are protected by the same password. No drive on your computer is more vulnerable then the other. As stated, you can Encrypt the drive for more protection, but it's not really necessary.
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