Details of File Encryption in Windows® 7
What are the advantages of File Encryption in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest and most popular operating system ever to be released since the legendary Windows XP. Windows 7 is also based on the same platform as that of Windows Vista but is revised and revamped so as to meet user’s needs and requirements. The advancements in computer technology has also increased computer based thefts and frauds which are one of the most prominent problems faced by users ranging from professionals to normal home users. The important and private data in your system can leak or get accessed by unauthorized people during many occasions like a system hard drive repair or a complete system recycle which is not quite good and can result is later complications like identity thefts.
Some of the advantages, roles and ways to use File Encryption in Windows 7 are discussed below:
- Advantage and role
- Encrypting files and folders
- Decrypting files and folders
Advantages and roles
Windows 7 File Encryption is a very essential feature provided to protect valuable data against unauthorized access and theft. This feature allows you to store data on your system hard disk in a Windows encrypted file format and is needed to protect and secure your data against different types of data thefts and threats. The added advantage of Windows 7 File Encryption is that it is pre-integrated with Windows 7 and will not create integration issues like third party encryption software programs which might corrupt user data due to integration errors.
Encrypting files and folders
You should take special care while using Windows 7 File Encryption for the first time as any issues with the encryption certificate and the key can cause problems while decrypting data. In order to encrypt a desired file of folder in Windows 7, you should right click the file or folder and select the 'Properties' menu. In the 'Properties' menu, click on the 'Advanced' tab which leads to another menu where there will be an option with a check box saying ‘Encrypt content to secure data’. Selecting the aforementioned check box will encrypt the file or folder and prevent it from being accessed by unauthorized users and applications.
You can easily decrypt the files and folders which are encrypted using Windows 7 File Encryption by reversing the above mentioned procedure. You can decrypt an encrypted file or folder by right clicking on the specific file or folder and selecting 'Properties'. After this, click on the 'General' tab for accessing the ‘Advanced’ file or folder menu. In the ‘Advanced’ menu un-check the box saying ‘Encrypt content to secure data’. Un-checking the check box and applying the new settings will decrypt the encrypted file or folder successfully without causing any damage.
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