Could you suggest the best way to create an encrypted folder for keeping important document in? I am using Windows 7.
the best way to use TPM( trusted platform module) to encrypt your files and even your HDD partition. It is mother board based encryption which uses TPM hardware to encrypt your files. In case your mother board does not have TPM then you can use any pen drive as an alternative to TPM, try searching on Google that "how to use/enable tpm".
Warning: Use only if you know how to use it and when using pen drives for bit encryption then you must keep that pen drive in safe place if you format it or lost it you will permanently lose all your data, no software will unlock it.
I will try TrueCrypt, thank you.
Hello, are you interested in doing this with tools included in windows 7 or with third party software?
For third party software, you have been given one of the best tools in truecrypt. The best about it is that it is free and also can be use as a portable tool. Another tool that does what you want is folder Guard. It is a paid software but you can download the trial to see how you like it:
or, Free Safehouse Explorer Encryption :
If you want to use utilitites included with operating system you can use bitlocker provided you have the higher versions of windows 7 or just encrypt the folder by accessing the properties of it.
Regardless of what tool you use it is very important not to lose the password.
Unfortunately, using built in operating system utilities, it is impossible to create an encrypted folder (to the best of my knowledge) in any Windows 7 edition except Ultimate and Enterprise. Your best option is the software mentioned below.
Another software is Dirlock. I would say its great, if you don't enter in your computer with another operating system... Also, if you format your pc (supposing that you have those files in your other partiton), they will not be locked anymore!
Also forget to mention: IOBit Protected Folder
Truecrypt, Axcrypt.. both works good with windows 7
Truecrypt. Known to be uncrackable. It is also portable so you can carry the application and the encrypted file/container with you.
Also, it is worth noted that for the portable version to work it requires administrator privilege in order for it to run as stated in its portable version page here
Definitely the best option.
Actually, theoretically speaking no encryption is uncrackable. But if done right, then in the practical sense it is unfeasible with the current state of technology that a Truecrypt container could be cracked.
Anyhow remember to choose a good strong password.
Yep, the best option is TrueCrypt, but you need take some time to learn how to use it and it is open-source software and absolutely free, that means you can have access to your encrypted files on any PC
In case if u have Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition, you can use BitLocker
BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.
You could also use TrueCrypt to create a file that acts as a separate encrypted drive with its own drive letter. I find this is better in those cases where you may want to transport the encrypted data to another machine, save it in the cloud as a backup, or in case the drive crashes. It is more likely you will be able to recover your TrueCrypt file than a folder that has been password protected by another utility.
In windows 7 you can encrypt folder and files in them by right clicking on the folder and choose properties, then click "advanced button on the general tab, then choose encrypt.
This does not password protect the encrypted folder though.
To lock a folder with a password use this app:
That will do the trick.
This is working fine.