PST Password

With its ability to provide full control over communications for personal and business applications, Microsoft Outlook is the ultimate communications management tool. In its infancy, Microsoft Outlook was the end product of a merger between Microsoft's Schedule+ application and Microsoft's Exchange Client. Schedule+ provided customers with time management solutions and the Exchange Client was Microsoft's solution to email management.

Today, Microsoft Outlook is trusted to provide complete contact management solutions to millions of business and personal account users. The system has been proven to be robust enough to support corporations with several thousand users as well as single user systems. Proponents of Outlook tout its ability to provide a complete all-in-one solution to their communication needs. Although Outlook supporters are numerous, several disgruntled users have also chimed in over the years. The most notable problem users have surround the fact that the most basic functionalities of Outlook heavily depend on the PST file.

What is Outlook's PST file?

The Outlook personal storage file, or more commonly the PST file, stores all messages, calendar, and data items used to support the usage of Microsoft Outlook. The advantage of using Outlook's PST file instead of the storage space alloted on a remote mail server is that the PST file's size, which is stored locally, does not count toward the mailbox size limits assigned on the mail server. In addition, the PST file is portable and can be easily imported into other Outlook applications for use.

How does the PST file work?

The PST file stores all data generated by Microsoft Outlook. As email messages, contacts, calendar events, etc. are added by a user to Outlook, the PST file size is automatically increased to store the new data. When items are deleted from Outlook, the contents are removed from the PST file, however the storage size of the file is not modified and instead remains open to accommodate future data.

Are there disadvantages to the PST file?

Sadly, the answer to this question is yes, as the security of the PST file has come into question numerous times in the past. There are tools readily available today that hackers can easily use to remove most security placed on the PST file. Worse than accessing the data inside the PST file, unscrupulous individuals can delete or corrupt the PST file making it unusable altogether. The issue of security has only minimally slowed down the growth of Outlook usage.

Can I secure Outlook?

Use of Microsoft Outlook pst password are still recommended to prevent easy access to the data inside the PST file, and serve as an excellent first line of defense for those looking to protect their Outlook data.

Protecting Your Pst - Password Based Security

Protecting your PST file with a password should be the first line of defense used to keep your data safe. Not only does it include your contact lists and calendar items, but it also stores your entire email history. Below are the steps to set up your password in Outlook 2000, Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007.

Outlook 2003 PST Password

To get started setting up your Outlook 2003 PST password:

  1. Launch Outlook 2003.
  2. Under the Go Menu, select 'Folder List'. Here you will see all of the folders you have available for use in Outlook.
  3. Right click on the 'Personal Folder' to activate a drop-down menu with the options we need to proceed.
  4. Click on 'Properties for "Personal Folders"'. At this point, a Properties window will appear.
  5. Make sure that the 'General' tab is selected at the top, and click the 'Advanced' button.
  6. On this screen, press the 'Change Password..." button.

The Change Password screen will allow us to set our Outlook password. To set your PST password, simply:

  1. Type your new password into the password box.
  2. For verification, type in the password again.
  3. It is very important that you UN-CHECK the box that states 'Save this password in your password list'. Failing to do so will allow your password to be cached and used by anyone with access to your computer.
  4. Press 'OK' to store your password and activate the protection of your PST file.

The password protection on your Outlook PST file will work to prevent others from access your Outlook data without your permission. In the event you ever need to recover a pst file password (for example if you have forgotten the pst password or your pst password is lost), you can easily use the next section for Outlook pst password recovery.

.PST Password Recovery

There may be several reasons why you need recover an Outlook PST password - maybe you lost or forgot your pst password, or perhaps it was changed without your permission. Whatever the reason you have for requiring Outlook PST password recovery, free and paid solutions are readily available.

Ways To Recovery a PST Password

If you have forgot your Outlook PST password, PST Password Recovery tools may be enough to retrieve the password for you.

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