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I Need File Encryption Help


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#1 5vvell

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

I'd like to encrypt certain files/folders but I'm kind of clueless and could use some help.

 

I 'right-clicked' the folder that I wish to encrypt and then I check the box that says "Encrypt contents to secure data."

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As the Microsoft instructions stated, the folder-name turned to green text which indicates encryption.

EbrPe7r.png It still allows me to open and read the folder contents but it also created this file which I assume is the encryption key: jwindyw.png

When I click to open jwindyw.pngthis window pops-up: 

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When I click "Next" it pulls up this window:

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So I enter the password  and successfully import  to the Automatically Selected store.

 

Now what?

I  don't understand  if I'm supposed to delete this encrypted folder with the green textEbrPe7r.png  and only keep this folder jwindyw.png Or do I keep both?

 

I'm lost =(

 

All that I want to do is protect/lock certain folders and files. Preferably password protect/lock them.

Does this method only encrypt these files/folders in a way that prevents somebody from stealing the files and opening them on another device?


Edited by 5vvell, 21 March 2013 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

What version of Windows? To my understanding file/folder encryption prevents others  from opening a file. If you are logged in or there is No Windows password the files will be Available.  
To anyone who has access to the pc.  A better solution would be Truecrypt You cam create and encrypted file container and put any file you want in it. When you dismount the folder it can only be mounted with the correct password or key file.
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

I'm using Windows 8.

 

I think Truecrypt is what I'm looking for. 

 

Thanks for the response and take care.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:33 PM

Lol I didn't realize this was in the Windows 8 forums.  I clicked on the recent topics link  without looking. 


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