Windows Vista encryption
What is encrypting file system? How can you encrypt files in Windows Vista®?
Encryption is very useful today. It’s not just limited to passwords and secret messages, but thanks to modern technology we are able now to encrypt the whole hard drive with all of its files. The thing is that if someone manages to get access to your computer it usually means game over, that person can get all the confidential files and passwords, but if you have encrypted your files then the attacker won’t be able to get into your system. Windows Vista® Encryption offers an easy way for you to encrypt your files.
Here are some tips on encrypting your files:
- Basic Way to Encrypt a File/Directory
- Things to Consider When Encrypting a File/Directory
- Basic Way to Decrypt an Encrypted File/Directory
Basic Way to Encrypt a File/Directory
Because it’s Windows Vista® Encryption that we are discussing here everything is simplified to the maximum for great user experience. The first step is the easiest one and it is to choose which file or directory you want to encrypt. Once you have decided on your target file or directory, right click on it and choose ‘Properties’. When you’ve done that click on the ‘General’ tab, after you’ve done that choose ‘Advanced’. ‘Advanced’ will provide you with options to encrypt your file and directory. Just select ‘Encrypt Contents to Secure Data’ and confirm it by clicking ‘OK’.
Things to Consider When Encrypting a File/Directory
When encrypting a file or directory initially, you should back up your encryption certificate. The reason for that is that if you lose your encryption key and certificate or they become damaged for whatever reason, without the back up of the encryption certificate you won’t be able to access any file or directory that you have encrypted. When it comes to modification of files or directories or any type of advanced functions being performed on them you have to be sure that you know what you are doing and what are the risks if you don’t do it properly.
What’s the use of an encrypted file or directory if you can’t access them later? So you have to know the steps backward in order to get back the original file or directory. Right click on the encrypted file or directory, select ‘Properties’. Then choose ‘Advanced’. Now you’ll see a familiar page and choices, just uncheck the ‘Encrypt Contents to Secure Data’, click ‘OK’ and you will have access to your file/directory in question instantly.