Simple but effective - Encryption of files and folders


People needs to be cautious about their data stored in their Desk Top/Laptops. Its is very essential to keep safe and secured data, in order to prevent from misuse.

There are instances, where carrying a Laptop on business tour, holidays, conferences, public/corporate meeting and so on, there are chances of data theft or damaging the data. This can be taken care of by simply following below steps.

Encryption of files and folders
encrypting the file or folder keeps your data safe and secured by all means. If you are using Windows XP Professional, you can easily encrypt you data.

Steps to encrypt a File or Folder
1. Click Start--->All Programs--->Accessories--->Windows Explorer.
2. Right-click the file or folder that you want to encrypt---> click on Properties
3. On "General" tab, click Advanced
4. Select the "Encrypt contents to secure data" check box.

After following these steps you will be asked to apply these setting to all folders and sub-folders

Now your particular file and folder is safe and secured from theft.

Steps to decrypt a file or folder

1. Click Start --->All Programs--->Accessories--->Windows Explorer
Right-click the file or folder that you want to encrypt---> click on Properties
3. On "General" tab, click Advanced
4. Un-check the "Encrypt contents to secure data" check box.

Now your particular file or folder is ready retrieve or edit.

So Simple...Isn't it, but many of us are least careful about usage of this option.


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