I received a security question from a subscriber in the U.K., who wanted to know how she could encrypt information on her hard drive.
I will be away from home for a considerable time and wondered what was the best way of securing my data (my data is in a separate partition on my home computer).
I have looked at Truecrypt but it looks a bit complicated.
I seem to remember that there was something built into windows to encrypt or lock a file/folder/drive so that it can only be accessed with a password.
Windows XP Home edition + SP3 + updates.
Can you throw any light on this for me?
I wrote back to my subscriber to tell her about an option.
I’m not sure if it’s in XP Home (I don’t have any computers running XP Home any longer, but I do have one running XP Professional). It is in XP Professional SP3 — if the partition is formatted as NTFS, you can encrypt files or folders.
To ecrypt particular files or folders,
- Open Window Explorer,
- Right-click on the applicable file or folder,
- Select Properties, and
- In the resulting Properties dialog box, use the Click Advanced.
- Then, put a checkmark in the Encrypt contents to secure data. It should ask you for a password at that point. It may encrypt with the password you use for your Windows UserID, if you have a password already set. That’s what Windows 7 does.