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How to use the EFS encryption feature for folders and files on Windows 10 May 2019

If you are careful and care about data security on Windows 10, this article is for you.

Usually, to protect important files or folders on a computer, people often use third-party software to set up passwords for them. However, this seems to be unnecessary because Windows itself is also equipped with data protection, and the protection here is EFS encryption.

Simply put, EFS encryption on Windows is also a form of encrypting files and folders in the form of password setting but much higher than that. Compared to password setting, EFS is more optimized for security as well as able to encrypt data directly even when the password is no longer working. Moreover, this is also a free attachment feature in Windows so we don’t need to go far to find such a great software.

This article will show you how to use the EFS encryption feature for folders and files on Windows 10 May 2019, we invite readers to consult.

Right-click the folder, the file needs to be encrypted and select Properties.

The Properties dialog box appears, click the Advanced option.

Check the “Encrypt contents to secure data” option in the dialog box that appears and click OK to save.

Go back to the Properties dialog box, click Apply> OK to make the change take effect.

Just then, the EFS feature notification window that has just started will appear. Along with that is the feature tray icon in the system tray.

The process of data encryption begins.

Encrypted data will have a lock icon with data classification icon. Now the next step you need to do is to set the password to unlock them.

Initialize and backup the decryption key of EFS encrypted data on Windows 10 May 2019

Encrypted data when transferred to another computer will be completely unreadable, as well as editable. And to be able to manipulate them, you need a data decryption key, and the following is how to create and store them.

Click the EFS encryption icon in the system tray and click Back up now.

Click Next in the window that displays the necessary information about the EFS feature.

Keep the options in the next window.

Enter the password you want to use as the unlock code for encrypted data into two Password boxes.

In the next setting interface, navigate to the location where you want to store the decryption key.

Finally, please check the settings. If it is reasonable, click Finish to complete the operation.

Very simple, right? Hope this article will be useful for you.

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