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Encrypting a Folder


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#1 Greasyjohn

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 02:37 PM

Hi everyone,

 

I want to encrypt a folder that conbtains many files and photos totaling about 1.5GB.  What is the best free, secure and easy way to do that?  (My word processing application can password protect file names but not folders. And I don't want to have to individually password protect each and every file name.)  I just want to password protect the name of ONE lagre folder containing hundreds of files.   I have windows 10 Pro.

 



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#2 gekas

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:24 AM

Well, this task is nothing special, there are a lot of free encryption tools for that

Try https://www.kryptel.com/products/freesoftware.php for one.



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 06:48 AM

Off the top of my head some free tools I know of are:

 

- VeraCrypt ( https://veracrypt.codeplex.com )

- Axcrypt ( https://www.axcrypt.net )

 

Non-free tool:

- Kruptos ( http://www.kruptos2.com )

 

I've only personally used VeraCrypt but I've heard good things about the other two.



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Posted 13 March 2018 - 04:52 AM

Many folks already have 7-Zip anyway.....


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 09:11 AM

7-Zip is fast and convenient.  My go-to tool for this purpose for small jobs these days.  It has AES-256 encryption, so it is secure.

 

I am not sure that it would be as convenient with 1.5GB folders though.  Is this for online or offline storage? 

 

Do any of your apps need un-encrypted access to these files?  7-Zip is more for archiving data securely, and you would need to enter the password each time you accessed the folder.

 

If you need direct access to these files daily I would probably recommend BitLocker, but that is only 'free' with Win 8.1 or 10 Pro.  You can easily set up a protected disk that automatically unlock when you sign in to Windows.  It is a $99 upgrade from Home editions of Windows, but depending on your needs, that my be worthwhile.  I have it and use the full disk encryption and love it.  Also have it on a couple of external drives.

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/192894/how-to-set-up-bitlocker-encryption-on-windows/






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