Encryption a process of altering data or information using some algorithm or a secret code. The data thus encrypted cannot be read by others as it is unintelligent to unauthorized users.
On Windows computer Encryption can be done using the Encryption File System (EFS). The EFS feature was introduced with NTFS version 3.0. With Encryption File System user data is more secure. The EFS is bundled with NTFS , hence it can be managed easily and cannot be cracked easily.
How to Encrypt File / Folder?
Encryption of a file or folder should be done when they have confidential and important data within. To encrypt a file or folder on NTFS formatted Windows computer follow the simple steps:
Start > All Programs > Windows Explorer
Fig. 1 Encrypting File / Folder
Fig. 2 Confirm Encyption
Once the Attribute changes are applied, the folder or file will be encrypted. During encryption a folder or file, you should back up your encryption certificate.
Decrypting File / Folder
To decrypt any file or folder follow the steps.
Encryption and decryption on Windows computer is done by EFS, for safe transmission over the network EFS can be used with other network protocols.
The message before the process of encryption is known as plain text, ‘cipher ‘converts the plain text to unreadable ciphertext. The encryption is done on the Sender’s end and is decrypted on the Receiver’s end. Decryption is the reverse procedure of encryption; it decodes the ciphertext to plain text which can be read and understood by receiver. There are softwares available for encryption and decryption of files which are to be transmitted safely across many networks.
Recover Files from Formatted NTFS Partition
Files are encrypted on NTFS partition to restrict its access to certain people. To others these file would be encoded and of no clear meaning. While formatting NTFS partition user might not realize the important encrypted files. Are you one such user? Read the article and un-format encrypted files from NTFS partition after formatting.
NTFS File Recovery
Your EFS encrypted files stored on Windows NTFS partition might be deleted accidentally. In a hassle you might delete an important encrypted file using Shift + Delete key combination. If you are facing such issue, then don’t worry we have perfect solution for your problem – Remo Recover (Windows).