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When you don't want to encrypt an entire drive as we did in the previous movie, you can choose to encrypt individual folders and even files, if you so choose, using File Explorer. That's what we're going to do right now. Let's go to our desktop. By encrypting folders and files, you're protecting them from anyone else but you. That means if they login with their account and navigate to your files and folders. They won't be able to access them. But, they will be able to access anything else. So, lets start with File Explorer. We'll go down below to File Explorer here, give it a click.
And, lets go to our desktop. And create a New folder. Let's say this is the folder that's going to contain all of our private information. So we'll click, New folder. It's created down below, with the default naming of New folder. Let's type right over that, Private. All right, press Enter. Locks it in. And that folder is still selected. If we want to encrypt it now, we just go up to Properties. Click the Upper half. This is the properties for a folder called, Private. Let's go down to the advanced button, click there and you'll notice a check box to encrypt to contents to secure data.
Select it. Click OK. Click Apply, and you'll see what happens. It turns green over here. All right, we'll click OK. Now let's double click the Folder to open it up, it's currently empty, but we'll move this window off to the right. In fact if you move all the way to the right you'll see it snaps into position taking up half the screen. Let's just leave it there for now. Next we're going to go to our Exercise Files, because you can also encrypt individual files, double click. Now, we're going to move this from the title bar at the top all the way to the left and it will snap into position to take up the left half of our screen.
All right, let's say this PDF file needs to be encrypted. We don't want other people being able to read the content, we can select it. You can select multiple files if you wanted to encrypt them all at the same time. But I think just this one needs to be encrypted. So we go to Properties, just as we did for the folder, go to the Advanced button, and then choose to encrypt the contents to secure the data. Click OK. Now when you click OK, you're actually going to be prompted to encrypt the file and its parent folder, the Exercise Files. You can encrypt the file only, that is an option.
But typically, you want to encrypt, both, the file and the folder because some software will store temporary unencrypted copy of the file while you're working with it. So, that's an option to consider, let's just go with encrypt the file only for this exercise and click OK. Notice it turns green, everything else is accessbile by anyone else. This one, the brochure is only accessible by me. Now the other thing we can do is bring files into our encrypted folder. And by doing so they become encrypted.
Let's say we want to drag, for example, our Veggies here. Click, drag it over to the other folder to private, and release. Look what happens. It appears in this folder now and it too is turned green. It's encrypted or protected from other users. That goes for any of these that we drag over. If we drag it back into our Exercise Files folder and release, notice it's still encrypted. So select it to decrypt it. Go to Properties, down to Advanced, and deselect the check box. Then you click OK, and OK again.
It turns back to its normal color. So we'll close up these windows and it's good to know when you don't need to encrypt an entire drive, you can select various folders and individual files to be encrypted. It protects them from other users who might log in to the computer and try to access them. We'll go back to our start screen to continue from there.
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