A feature I discovered the other day is the ability to encrypt a file in Windows without using any external tools:

  1. Right click on the file to encrypt.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced button.
  4. Select the option to encrypt the file.
  5. When prompted, you can encrypt the entire folder or just the file.
  6. Apply your changes.
  7. You will see the color of the file has changed in the file listings.

By doing this, you restrict who has access to the data. For example, if you share a computer with several people, you can encrypt your files so only you can access them. You could do the same with file security, but your user account may not always allow you to make these changes.

To view or set who has access, repeat steps 1-4 above and then click the details button. You may not use this feature a lot, but it’s good to know it is available.

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