Encrypt a Folder or File in Windows XP SP2

Satheesh C B | Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 0 comments

You can use Windows’ inbuilt encryption for encrypting / decrypting your files  The “cipher” command is used for this purpose. The
syntax for encrypting files is as follows, with X as the drive letter (use this command at a command prompt):cipher “X:\Path /E /A”

Windows XP and 2003 Server (unlike Windows 2000) allow the person who encrypts a file to add other user accounts that enable others to view his/her encrypted data.

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You can also see which files are encrypted at a glance in Windows Explorer, if the Option to show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color is enabled (this is done by going to Tools | Folder Options | View and then by checking the appropriate checkbox).

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This will prevent all users—other than the one who encrypted the file or folder—from accessing it. The command for decrypting files
encrypted this way is: cipher “X:\Path /D /A

To know more about Cipher comand visit here

If you need more flexibility in methods and speeds of encryption,use FineCrypt . It will allow you to choose from up to 10 different algorithms, and is freeware.

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