Password protect your files and folders

FlashCryptFolders

I actually don’t do this a lot, that is password protecting my files and folders on my computer. But that’s because in most cases I am the only one using my computer.

So it doesn’t make much sense password protecting files from myself, if you get my meaning.

However, this is what happened….

I started using online backup facilities, which is a very useful thing to do to make sure I always have access to my files, so password protecting my files and folders became important because I am keeping files on an external server.

In addition, if I am in a situation where I am not the only one with access to my computer, and I have “Top Secret” information on it, then I would definitely use this tool:

Here is how it works…

Once installed on the computer, it integrates itself into Windows. Therefore protecting folders is an easy process.

I just “right click” on the folder I want to protect. I click on “Protect with FlashCrypt” as in the picture below. Enter the password I want to use and run the tool to protect the folder and the files in the folder.

FlashCrypt

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My summation of FlashCrypt:

The Good:

FlashCrypt is free, I downloaded it from this site: FlashCrypt

And just like Toucan, it use AES encryption

This is how FSPro describe this encryption on their website:

[FlashCrypt implements 256-bit AES (Rijndael) algorithm to encrypt your private files.

[In June 2003, the US Government announced that AES may be used for classified information:

"The design and strength of all key lengths of the AES algorithm (i.e., 128, 192 and 256) are sufficient to protect classified information up to the SECRET level. TOP SECRET information will require use of either the 192 or 256 key lengths. The implementation of AES in products intended to protect national security systems and/or information must be reviewed and certified by NSA prior to their acquisition and use"]

Another benefit of using a tool like FlashCrypt is that you can password protect a folder and email it to another top secret user for their eyes only.

I bet most company directors will benefit from that function to prevent scandals ;-)

The Bad:

You can’t open a FlashCrypt protected folder on a computer that does not have FlashCrypt installed on it. So if you are using different machines, you have to have FlashCrypt installed on all the machines.

Anyway, most encryption tools I came across work like that as well, so it’s probably not too bad. And it might actually be a good thing, depending on how you look at it : -)

2 comments:

  1. Do you do the same thing to protect a single file? I've always wondered how to do this?

    Question for you - how do you remember what passwords apply to what files?

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  2. Hi Zandi,
    I don't suggest you use many different passwords, especially for files only you have to access.

    Personally, I am using one good password for all my files and I find this sufficient.

    Try and keep things simple.

    Warning: DO NOT forget a password after encrypting. Make sure you will remember the password/s!

    A good password is long, has numbers and letters,has upper case and lower case characters, and some special characters like the $ sign or the @ sign.

    However if you do want to use different passwords, there is a nice tool I am testing that helps you remember your passwords. I will blog about it soon so keep checking.

    Also, I think it is probably best to protect entire folders instead of individual files. I find it is easier to manage things this way.

    Cheers and good luck.

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