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File and hard drive encryption

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Video: File and hard drive encryption

The files on your computer are protected by your password, but as you have seen, anyone else on the computer with administrator powers can kind of get around that, because they can get to anyone's files. Furthermore, if someone were to get their hands on your computer even without an administrator password, it's not that difficult to crack in, if you know what you're doing and see the files on a computer. The difficulty comes if you don't have a password and the file is encrypted. Then it takes some fairly sophisticated work to be able to get inside and see the file.

File and hard drive encryption

The files on your computer are protected by your password, but as you have seen, anyone else on the computer with administrator powers can kind of get around that, because they can get to anyone's files. Furthermore, if someone were to get their hands on your computer even without an administrator password, it's not that difficult to crack in, if you know what you're doing and see the files on a computer. The difficulty comes if you don't have a password and the file is encrypted. Then it takes some fairly sophisticated work to be able to get inside and see the file.

It's as if your file is sort of protected by this force field, and you can't get past the outside and go in. If you want that kind of protection for your files, it's very easy to do. Actually it's just sort of an attribute of the file. Let's suppose on my magazine, I don't want anyone to see the administrative stuff, all these Excel spreadsheets. So I am going to right-click on them, I am going to go to Properties and right in Advanced, this is where we were able to compress files. We compressed some of our archives. Now I'm going to check for encrypt to secure data and hit OK and OK.

Now, do I really want to apply these changes? It's applied to the folder, subfolders, and files. Yeah. I want to encrypt everything and it's just applying an attribute, no big deal. Now the warning. You see Back up your file encryption key. This happens once and only once. You get one shot at it. Realize that without some system to decrypt the files, these files are unreadable by anybody. It doesn't matter who it is. So the first time you encrypt your files you want to go ahead and find a place to back up the encryption key.

We will just go ahead and click right on that. We are going to get the wizard. It says Back up right now, Back up later, and Windows can remind me, or Never back up. Just realized that if anything happens to your computer and these files get recovered off the hard drive with some data recovery and you don't have the key to decrypt those files, then you are stuck. You can't work without it. The same thing would be true if you lost your user password and you hadn't gotten your user password somehow. Someone got the files back, but all the files were encrypted, because you're not viewing them from your user account, you can't get in without this key.

So we will back up now and basically we're just going to go ahead and hit Next, for everything. The default's just fine. You need a password for this. I recommend you use the same password you've been using for your account and we will give it a name. I want to store it somewhere other than this computer just to make sure that I have the key somewhere else, because realize it could be because the computer crashed and there was disc damage and I had to recover some of these files.

I want to have this encryption key and it's a good idea to you have it in a couple places. Temporarily, I am just going to put it onto my flash key that I keep a whole bunch of stuff on, and we will call the file Jeff's Encrypt Key. That's fine. Put it on card and Save, Next, Finish and that's it. While we were doing that, the encryption has all completed and you'll see that administrative now is in green. Now what's the deal with that? That means that these files are encrypted, and if I double-click, you will see that everything inside also got encrypted.

Now unlike the compressed file, if I add something to an encrypted folder, the latest e-blast here, and then I go and look at it, it became encrypted by being put in the encrypted folder. That's not true something with that's compressed. If I take it back out now, I want to go back up to the IFR magazine level and look at that. It's stayed encrypted. It did not become unencrypted. So the only way that this file will become unencrypted is if I take it and I put it onto, copy onto a non-NTFS, NT File System disk and most of the computers that are shipping these days are NTFS. It's a more robust file system, but some older Windows machines have what's known as the FAT32 system.

It's a different system for how the information is stored on the hard drive. That will unencrypt the file. Sending it over to a Macintosh. That will also unencrypt the file. Sending it as an email attachment. That will unencrypt the file. Now there is nothing special about the file in terms of using it. I can open up the file just fine, double-click, there is Office Word. Ta-da. I can make changes. I could save it. To me it makes no difference, but if I were to log off and log on even as an administrator and try and get to file, I wouldn't be able to. Only Jeff Van West can get to that file now.

Unless I right-click on it, Properties, Advanced, Uncheck encrypt data, OK and now it's back to black. So that's really all there is to it. There is something on this computer called BitLocker Drive Encryption, but I can't show it to you. Why? Because it won't work on this machine. Let me just type here for a second. It's the easiest way to do it. BitLocker Drive Encryption. It's going to ask for a password. And you will see not going to happen, for two reasons.

One, BitLocker Drive Encryption requires there to be a special partition on your hard drive, a small partition at the very beginning of the drive that's not encrypted and then the entire hard drive after that is encrypted. The other thing is the hard drive or the computer has to have a special digital module on it that allows the computer, it's like the key to the whole thing, to encrypt and unencrypt. So I can't show you that here. Just know that it exists. If that's something that's important to you, if you have billion dollar secrets cruising around in your laptop, well, then you probably have an IT staff who can have you do this, but this is built into Windows to encrypt absolutely everything, the entire hard drive, for the ultimate in Windows security.

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Windows Vista Essential Training

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  1. 27m 37s
    1. Welcome
      4m 42s
    2. Vista's top 10
      7m 1s
    3. Some Windows basics
      15m 54s
  2. 48m 56s
    1. Hardware assessment
      6m 49s
    2. Easy Transfer and the File Transfer wizard
      7m 14s
    3. Installing Windows Vista
      5m 50s
    4. Dealing with drivers
      14m 50s
    5. Running older software in Vista
      9m 59s
    6. Installing software in Vista
      4m 14s
  3. 2h 32m
    1. The Welcome Center
      5m 42s
    2. The Aero desktop
      15m 49s
    3. The new Start menu
      20m 32s
    4. The taskbar
      21m 26s
    5. Gadgets and Sidebar
      15m 55s
    6. The Recycle Bin
      8m 12s
    7. Tweaking visuals for speed and pleasure
      17m 48s
    8. Restoring old Windows items
      8m 15s
    9. Desktop power tips
      15m 59s
    10. Using voice recognition
      14m 38s
    11. Voice recognition options
      8m 26s
  4. 1h 32m
    1. Navigating folders in Vista
      15m 38s
    2. The user folder concept
      6m 25s
    3. Filtering, sorting, and grouping
      8m 14s
    4. Indexed searching
      14m 41s
    5. Setting folder preferences
      16m 7s
    6. Burning to CD/DVD
      13m 4s
    7. The Send To commands
      7m 44s
    8. Windows Explorer tips and tricks
      10m 28s
  5. 1h 41m
    1. The IE 7 tour
      16m 2s
    2. Favorites and History
      8m 45s
    3. RSS
      5m 16s
    4. IE security
      15m 12s
    5. Customizing IE 7
      13m 30s
    6. Windows Mail
      12m 21s
    7. Windows Contacts
      11m 9s
    8. Windows Calendar
      18m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Windows Media Player 11
      16m 43s
    2. Photo Gallery basics
      15m 28s
    3. Photo Gallery advanced
      12m 4s
    4. Movie Maker
      13m 5s
    5. The Snipping tool
      4m 23s
    6. Games
      3m 26s
  7. 30m 25s
    1. Control Panel home
      5m 39s
    2. System control
      7m 45s
    3. Volume controls
      4m 21s
    4. The new "Add and Remove Programs" feature
      3m 53s
    5. Default programs and AutoPlay
      8m 47s
  8. 28m 34s
    1. Mobility Center
      3m 13s
    2. Projection and Presentation modes
      4m 15s
    3. Power options
      10m 26s
    4. The Sync Center and offline files
      10m 40s
  9. 51m 39s
    1. Connecting to a network: The Network and Sharing Center
      10m 21s
    2. Wireless networking
      7m 37s
    3. Creating and finding shares
      11m 19s
    4. Networking troubleshooting
      11m 44s
    5. Remote Desktop
      3m 48s
    6. Windows Meeting Space
      6m 50s
  10. 1h 5m
    1. Security Center and Windows Firewall
      7m 1s
    2. Windows updates
      7m 37s
    3. Windows Defender
      8m 18s
    4. User access control: Standard vs. Admin accounts
      12m 2s
    5. More on accounts
      7m 0s
    6. Password management
      5m 0s
    7. Parental controls
      12m 27s
    8. File and hard drive encryption
      6m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Adding local printers
      6m 55s
    2. Adding network printers
      5m 36s
    3. Troubleshooting printers
      2m 40s
    4. Cool printing tips
      7m 31s
    5. XPS and PDFs in Vista
      3m 0s
  12. 39m 30s
    1. Using Help files
      3m 33s
    2. Backup files and drives
      9m 2s
    3. File and full disk restore
      8m 31s
    4. System restore points
      4m 34s
    5. Crashes and hangs
      10m 19s
    6. When Vista won't even boot
      3m 31s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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