How to encrypt individual folders?

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WARNING: CryptKeeper has recently been reported that it has a universal password bug that puts your data at potential risk. This issue may not yet be fixed in Ubuntu, use this solution at your own risk.

Relevant bug information links:
Upstream bug: https://github.com/tomm/cryptkeeper/issues/23
Debian bug: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=852751

sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

After installing, go to Applications –> System Tools –> Cryptkeeper.

Cryptkeeper will automatically attach itself to the top panel

To create an encrypted protected folder, click on Cryptkeeper applet and select ‘New encrypted folder’

Then type the folder name and where to save the folder and click ‘Forward’.

Type the password and click ‘Forward’.

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Using encryption is one of the best ways to keep your most important files and folders private and secure. You could use either a free or paid utility to get the job done. However, if you don’t want to deal with the cost and learning curve of another app, Microsoft has your back. Windows 10 includes built-in encryption technologies like BitLocker and Encrypting File System (EFS).

Note:

Microsoft has included EFS starting with XP Pro and Home versions of Windows do not support it. For more on previous versions, check out our article on

how to use EFS in Windows 7, 8.1, and XP

. EFS is available for

Windows 10 Pro

, Enterprise, and Education editions. Also, once a file is encrypted using EFS, it can only be accessed by the user who encrypted the file. If you’re on a shared PC, other users might be able to see your encrypted files, but won’t be able to open them.

Encrypt Files or Folders in Windows 10 Using EFS

Launch File Explorer and...

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In this tutorial I will show you how to install and use AxCrypt which was written by the very talented Svante Seleborg, to encrypt individual files or folders. This is not meant to be an in-depth tutorial, but a basic understanding of how a user can securely encrypt their files or folders. There are no backdoors to this program, so make sure you backup your data regularly so should you encrypt a file and forget the password and/ or loose the Key-File you are covered. If you are looking for full-disk encryption, then please refer to my Truecrypt tutorial here.

If you use Dropbox or have other ways of syncing your data to other computers/ devices, then encrypting then first with something like AxCrypt would be a wise idea.

AxCrypt uses 128bit encryption as standard, but if you want to truly use the full 128bit encryption strength, then you should also use a Key-File with your encryption, which I will also demonstrate. Cryptographic primitives are AES-128 and SHA-1....

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Gonzoza

Last Updated July 17, 2017 16:02 PM

Let's say that I have a folder, within my Documents folder, that has files I want no one to access without a password.

Is there a way to lock down that folder so that it's password protected / encrypted?

In fact, is it possible to password-protect any individual folder?

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You have 2 choices if you want to lock down a folder from other users

Encrypt or create a compressed password protect archive of the files. The methods in https://askubuntu.com/a/104545/25863 and https://askubuntu.com/a/104984/25863 are perfect for this case when you need to be 100% sure no one will ever look at your files without knowing the password used there.

Use your computer folder / file permissions to deny access to your folder to other user.

The fist involves making sure that the result cannot be opened by any user without knowing the password used.

The second will only...

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How do I encrypt files in Windows 10?

Encrypting File System (EFS) is an encryption service found in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. A cousin to BitLocker, which can encrypt entire drives at once, EFS lets you encrypt individual files and folders.

Encryption is tied to the PC user, so if a different user is logged in than the user who encrypted the files, those files will remain inaccessible.

EFS encryption isn't as secure as other encryption methods, like BitLocker, because the key that unlocks the encryption is saved locally. There's also a chance that data can leak into temporary files since the entire drive is not encrypted.

Still, EFS is a quick and easy way to protect individual files and folders on a PC that's shared amongst several users. Encrypting with EFS doesn't take long — let's take a look at how it's done.

What you'll need before you begin

EFS is only available on Pro, Enterprise, and Education versions of...

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I am sure that there are some files or folders in your PC that you don't wanna share with anyone or you have some personal information that you don't want to be shared with agencies who are spying on you. If it is the case then let me tell you that you can protect your files or folders by encrypting them.

How encryption is gonna help?

You can encrypt your individual files or folders using open source application "AxCrypt". You can add passwords or key-files so that those who don't know passwords of encrypted files or don't have key-files cannot open or view them.

Why AxCrypt?

There are lots of other encryptions tools but this one can give you what you want. This can encrypt individual files or complete folders using passphrases or key-files. It is lightweight with download size of only 3.33 MB at this time. It uses 128-bit keys for encrypting files or folders.

How to use it?

How to encrypt files or folders?

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When you encrypt a file or folder with EFS in Windows 10, its icon will have a lock overlay at the top right corner to indicate that it's an EFS encrypted file or folder.

When you encrypt a folder, any new file saved into the folder will automatically be encrypted by EFS.

If an administrator changes or resets the password of a user's local account on the PC, that local account will lose access to all their EFS encrypted files and folders until they restore the file encryption key for them.

If you encrypt a compressed file or folder, the file or folder will no longer be compressed afterwards.

If you compress an EFS encrypted file or folder, the file or folder will no longer be encrypted afterwards.

If you ZIP an EFS encrypted file or folder, the file or folder will no longer be encrypted afterwards.

If you try to copy or move an EFS encrypted file or folder to a location that does not support encryption, you will be prompted with a "Do you...

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Howto: Easily encrypt individual folders

Original: http://blog.sambull.org/easily-encrypt-folders

Encfs is a program that can be used to encrypt folders, unlike other encryption methods this doesn’t require a file of a fixed size, so you can use the decrypted folder in the same way as a regular folder without worrying about space.
This tutorial will explain a convenient way to use this tool.
This method can both be used from the GUI and the command line.
To understand if this is what you want please read the example in the usage section at the bottom before going through the setup.

Pre-installation

First, you will of course need to install the encfs program, the easiest way to do that (on Ubuntu) is to try clicking this link:

apt:encfs

or copy this into a terminal:

sudo apt-get install encfs -y

In addition to this we will be using gnome-encfs, a small program that allows you to use the gnome-keyring to store encryption...

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Secure CD DVD, USB, Lock Folder.

Secret to is revealedMany people wish to know an easy and reliable way to encrypt a folder and files. File Encrption is an activity of protecting your information so that unauthorized users cannot access them as well as your data remain protected and safe. It really is so easy to understand why you will need to lock your important private data and folders. Now suppose if you are working on an important project, and if you leave your desktop or laptop unattended for some time without locking it, and during this time period one of your colleague or any other jealous person deletes your project file... What will be your reaction? All of your important data has got wiped out... Just because you left data unprotected. If you are wondering about how to

encrypt a folder

in windows 10, then let me tell you that you can encrypt a folder with or without software. The main purpose of using software to lock a folder is listed below. ...
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Question

Issue: How to Encrypt Files and Folders on Windows 10?

I keep loads of important docs on my computer and, although I have created backups, I would like to add some extra security and encrypt them. Could you please advise what method for encrypting files and folders would be the most reliable?

Solved Answer

A professional hacker is not the only person who can encrypt your files. Each computer user, including you, can encrypt files and folders as easy as pie. The difference between file encryption initiated by you and the hacker is the intention. While hackers spread ransomware virus to encrypt files and demand ransom to gain the profit, you can encrypt your files and folders to protect them from hackers and other people’s access. Microsoft Windows has always had a feature known as Encrypted File Service allowing people to encrypt important files and, luckily, it hasn’t been disabled. As an alternative, you may also use some third-party...

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The Encrypting File System (EFS) has been part of all professional versions of Windows since Windows 2000. The feature provides file level encryption for data stored on NTFS systems, and is directly linked to a specific user account on an operating system. Only the user who encrypted the files and folders will be able to access them after they have been encrypted. The encrypted data is protected from outside access as well, as it cannot be accessed by booting into another operating system or analysis of the hard drive.

For the user in question, the files and folders appear as any other files on the system, with the exception that they are are highlighted in green.

Here are some examples of where it may make sense to use EFS encryption:

Protecting your Dropbox configuration filesProtecting your KeePass database, or another databaseProtecting files that you do not want anyone else to open, ever

EFS Support

The following versions and editions of Windows...

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[Summary]How do I password protect my files and folders in Windows? Password protecting a folder or directory in Microsoft Windows Enabling File Encryption With the introduction of Windows 2000, Microsoft added the ability to encrypt individual files or entir

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Enabling File Encryption

With the introduction of Windows 2000, Microsoft added the ability to encrypt individual files or entire subdirectories stored on an NTFS volume in a totally transparent way. To their creator, encrypted files look exactly like regular files—no changes to applications are required to use them. However, to anyone except the creator/encryptor, the files are unavailable. Even if someone did manage to gain access to them, they would be gibberish because they're stored in encrypted form.

How...

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The world of data encrypting is a pretty complicated thing, and there is often more to it than meets the eye. That is one of the reasons why there is currently no built-in encryption from the Microsoft-owned BitLocker in the edition of Windows 10 Home whereas the other editions such as Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise do have it.

Windows 10 Professional and Windows 10 Enterprise come with BitLocker encryption for drives because a lot of the people using the Pro edition are professionals in real life and a lot of the people using the Enterprise edition are people who either own or work for companies. Notwithstanding, it would be inaccurate to assume that working professionals were the only ones’ using something like the Pro edition of Windows 10. In reality, the Pro edition of Windows 10 comes with many of the top of the line laptops that run Windows, and lots of people buy expensive laptops who aren’t necessarily professionals—they might just have a lot of money and be...

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The Encrypting File System (EFS) is the built-in encryption tool in Windows used to encrypt files and folders on NTFS drives to protect them from unwanted access. This is the strongest protection that is available in Windows to help you keep your individual files and folders secure.

This is a guide about how to encrypt and decrypt files or folders with Encrypting File System (EFS) in Windows 10.


How to Encrypt Files and Folders Encrypted with EFS in Windows 10

Use these steps, you can easily encrypt files or folders in Advanced Attributes.

Step 1: Right-click the folder or file you want to encrypt, and then click Properties.

Step 2: In the General tab, click on the Advanced button.

Step 3: Check the Encrypt contents to secure data box, and click on OK.

Step 4: Click OK and close Properties window.

Apply changes to the folder, subfolders and files when prompted. If it is a file, select to either...

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7-Zip is an open source software used to compress or zip files secured with encryption.

When you send or transfer files that contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or other confidential and sensitive data, the files must be encrypted to ensure they are protected from unauthorized disclosure.

For Mac OS instructions, please visit: http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/07/set-zip-password-mac-os-x/

7-Zip, like WinZip, creates a container called archive that holds the files to be protected. That archive can be encrypted and protected with a password. 7-Zip is a free software that creates Zip files that can be opened with WinZip or other similar programs.

To obtain a copy of 7-Zip, please see http://www.7-zip.org/ and select the Download link.

Once the software is installed, please follow these steps to encrypt a file or folder.

Step 1: Right click on the file / folder to be encrypted.

Step 2: Select “7-Zip” then “Add to archive…” from...

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Encrypt files, such as Office files, archives, PDF document, is surely not so strange for computer user. They are usually encrypted with file creation tools, Microsoft Office, WinRAR, or Adobe Acrobat etc. So how is encrypting general files or folders not created with special file tools in Windows 10 computer?

When you have no idea to

encrypt files or folders in new Windows 10 computer

, please search "encrypt file" in Windows 10 Search box, there will be two options for you to choose. One is "Encrypt your offline files", the other is "Manage file encryption certificates". Believe these two options are the most appropriate options for us to choose now on computer if no password encryption tools available.


Therefore, if you have Windows 10 files or folders to encrypt, please follow several parts below to go.


Part 1: Manage file encryption certificates in Windows 10

Once you choose "Manage file encryption certificates" after search,...

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Encrypting a certain file or folder is probably the best way to keep it safe, so only you can access that file or folder. Microsoft developers decided not to change the way you encrypt your data in Windows 10 from how it was done in previous versions of Windows, but it won’t do any harm if we remind ourselves of how to encrypt files and folders in Windows

Software and ways to encrypt files or folders in Windows 10

Method 1 – Use Encrypted File Service

Probably the fastest way to encrypt your files and folders in Windows 10 (and any other version of Windows since XP) is to use its built in encryption tool, called EFS (Encrypted File Service). This is a very simple encryption tool, and you’ll make your files protected in a couple of minutes, with just a couple of clicks.

But before we show you how to encrypt your files with EFS, we have to warn you that you’ll be able to access the encrypted file only with the login of the account you encrypted...

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In this tutorial I will show you how to install and use

AxCrypt

which was written by the very talented

Svante Seleborg

to encrypt individual files or folders. This is not meant to be an in-depth tutorial, but a basic understanding of how a user can securely encrypt their files or folders. There are

no backdoors

to this program, so make sure you backup your data regularly so that should you encrypt a file and forget the password and/or loose the Key-File you are covered.

If you use Dropbox or have other ways of synchronising your data to other computers/devices, then encrypting them first with something like AxCrypt would be a wise idea.

AxCrypt uses 128bit encryption as standard, but if you truly want to use the full 128bit encryption’s strength, then you should also use a Key-File with your encryption, which I will also demonstrate. Cryptographic primitives are AES-128 and SHA-1. AxCrypt does not secure your entire computer, nor does it posses...

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