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encryption for files to prevent use on other pcs

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#1 yusufpatel


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 07:19 AM

Hi all,


was looking for a method to 'secure' all my files which are stored on a qnap drive, I can understand that anyone with access to the drive and copy and paste all the files and be on their merry way,


Is there a method (program/anything) that would (if the files were copied onto an external then they would go to another pc off site and open the files) but because the files are not being opened on my 6 computers/laptop the text would appear as gibberish?


Thankyou for any guidence / suggesstions

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#2 smax013


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 04:27 AM

I did a quick search and it appears that QNAP offers a couple of potential options.

First, it appears that some of their NAS drives support encrypt specific folders. I am not sure if your model will support this or not. See this link:


In addition, it appears that at least some of their NAS models support entire system encryption. Again, I don't know if this applies to your model or not. See this link:


If neither of those options are available for your model, then you are down to either built-in Windows tools (aka Bitlocker...but requires Windows Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise, I believe, for more than just boot disk encryption) or third party programs that can encrypt individual files or create encrypted virtual disks/images.

And keep in mind that if you forget the key (aka password), then you also can no longer access your files...so make sure you have back ups.

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