Details of File Search Indexing for Windows® 7
What are the features of File Search Indexing in Windows 7?
When compared to the search options in Windows XP the built- in search feature in Windows 7 is better. In Windows 7 you can easily search for files instead of installing a third party program. In Windows 7 you can configure the search indexer not only for indexing the files which you want, you can even index the file content. Windows 7 search indexer indexes almost all common locations like libraries, user folder and e-mail where your files will be stored. Then, if this is not enough, you can add or remove the index location easily and this means that you can tell Windows 7 to index and return from the files and folders on network drives or external drives. Windows 7 search index files do not index the password protected Microsoft Office files.
The following points show some of the File Search Indexing features of Windows 7:
- Indexing encrypted files
- Security and privacy
- Protection of index files by using BitLocker
Indexing encrypted files
Windows Search fully supports the indexing of encrypted files on the local file system which enables you to index and search the properties and content of the encrypted files. You can manually configure Windows Search so as to include encrypted files or administrators. Windows Search ensures that only users who have the correct permission can search the content of encrypted files. When the query is initiated, Windows Search will not return encrypted files in the search results.
Security and privacy
Windows Search complies with the security model in Windows. Microsoft has taken a significant step so as to ensure the security of index files. Windows Search is designed to ensure security of the index files. Windows Search will not allow your content to be accessible to Microsoft or anyone else. Based on Access Control List, users can search for their files in shared locations.
You can encrypt the entire file by using BitLocker or another third party full volume encryption option. By doing so you are able to provide strong protection against offline attacks and online attacks. BitLocker drive encryption will provide enhanced protection against data theft. Then in Windows 7 the BitLocker drive encryption will work on removable drives.
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