For many versions, Windows has included an advanced security feature called Encrypting File System (EFS). It allows the user to store files and folders encrypted, so they will be protected from unwanted access. However, File Explorer doesn't offer a quick way to find all encrypted files stored on your drive. Here's an alternative solution.
File Explorer, the default file manager app in Windows 10, is able to show compressed and encrypted files in color. This can be very useful because it allows the user to quickly identify those files. Here are two methods you can use to enable this feature.
Windows 10 comes with the ability to index your files so the Start Menu, File Explorer, and Cortana can search them faster. Indexing runs in the background without trying to affect your PC's performance. Today, we will see how enable or disable indexing for encrypted files on your computer.
In our recent article, we reviewed how to encrypt a file or folder in Windows 10 using EFS. Today, we will see how to decrypt your data. This can be done with either the File Explorer app, or with a command line tool, cipher.exe.
For many versions, Windows has included an advanced security feature called Encrypting File System (EFS). It allows the user to store files and folders encrypted, so they will be protected from unwanted access. Today, we will see how to encrypt a file or a folder with Encrypting File System (EFS) in Windows 10. This can be done with either the File Properties dialog, or with a command line tool, cipher.exe.
When you delete files in Windows, they can be easily recovered. Windows only marks the file as deleted, but physically the files stay on the hard drive until they are overwritten by new data. Although on an SSD, they are harder to recover than hard drives because of TRIM and garbage collection done by the SSD controller, all of the deleted data is not securely wiped by default. If you deleted some sensitive data and want to be sure that it cannot be recovered before you give your PC away temporarily for whatever reason, here is how to wipe the free space securely without any third party tool.