How to Encrypt Confidential Files and Folders?

Advanced Folder Encryption does an excellent job in protecting your files and folders of great value. It offers an extremely strong strength of security by adopting the industry-standard 256-bit AES real time encryption technology so that there is no need for you to worry about the losing and leakage of the confidential data and documents. Advanced Folder Encryption does a good job in lock up files and folders in your PC while its performance in password protecting local drives is also remarkable. Files under the protection of Advanced Folder Encryption cannot be viewed, copied, modified and deleted without the permission of the administrator.

Using Advanced Folder Encryption to encrypt your files and folders is easy and simple. You do not necessarily need to create a locker or make any change of the original file, after several seconds of the installation of a file in exe format you can start to lock a folder and encrypt your data. It supports different kinds of way to decrypt files, such as temporary decryption and browse decryption, which means just by clicking on the mouse users can realize encryption and decryption of files easily and keep their files safe at the same time.

Sometimes you may worry about the loss of important files after encryption, now here with the help of Advanced Folder Encryption you are totally free from a problem like this because its restore center will help you out and make you feel at ease.

Advanced Folder Encryption also helps you shred unwanted files or useless documents that bother you from time to time. The file shredding function enables you clean up your folders and disk, on the other hand it protects your data security and prevent data leakage effectively.

Here is the specific process about how to encrypt confidential files and folders. There are 3 general methods to achieve file or folder encryption successfully, the following is method one:

Dragging and drop encryption

Step 1

Before you begin to encrypt confidential files and folders with Advanced Folder Encryption, you have to make sure that you have download the setup. exe program from KakaSoft. Firstly please download and install the program according to the wizard and this is quite easy and would not take up much of your time.

Step 2

As soon as you finish the installation of the program there appears a main window of Advanced Folder Encryption showing in the screen. On the top of the main window is a list of functions Advanced Folder Encryption has and they are: Encrypt File, Encrypt Folder, Protect Drive, Shred File, Settings and Restore Center.

Find the file or folder you want to encrypt in your local drive disk and click on it then drag it to the blank area in the main window which is just below the list of the menu bar.

Step 3

After dragging and dropping the file or folder into the main window there pops up a encryption interface. Here you can set a password for the file or folder you want to encrypt in the password field, then re-enter the password to confirm it. You’d better choose a password with both numbers and letters so that it can decrease the possibility for other outsider hackers or bad guys to get your password by brute force, through with the protection of Advanced Folder Encryption this situation will has little chance to become a reality, it is never too careful for you to protect your confidential and valuable data and document.

Step 4

The wizard will give you 3 choices of strength of security to choose from, namely the normal, high and highest level of security strength. As the default setting is “normal” we suggest the new user for this software use this level of security strength when you are not familiar with the features and function of the folder lock program and then select a higher one after a period of usage.

About choosing suitable security strength from the 3 choices, here are some tips for users:

Normal: This security strength is suitable for encrypting large files or folders with a large number of files. It uses a hide-and-lock encryption algorithm to lock up files with the fast speed.

High: Files will be encrypted in a normal speed (about 50 files per second). This strength is suitable for files in a medium size and it encrypts files by cluttering up heads of the files.

Highest: This strength only suitable for encrypt small files that are very confidential, it adopts 256 bit on-the-fly encryption algorithm to maximum protection for files while the speed is slower compare to the previous strengths.

Step 5

Choose the showing state of encrypted files which means you can display the encrypted files or hide them in the local drive. If you want to hide them you can select the “Hide” option and then they will only be showed in the main window with special lock marks on them and they become completely invisible for users except for the administrator.

Then you finish the file and folder encryption by clicking on the “Encrypt ” button.

Right-click encryption

Here is the second method of encrypting confidential file and folders by Advanced Folder Encryption.

Step 6

Saying you’ve installed the Advanced Folder Encryption already (if you want to know where to get the program and how to install it you can refer to step 1 above). Then move your mouse pointer to the file you want to encrypt and then right click on it, select the “encrypt” option.

Then you will encounter a window as mentioned in Step 2, and then follow the instruction just the same as Step 2 to Step 5 to finish the file and folder encryption.

Use “Encrypt File” and “Encrypt Folder” button on menu bar to encrypt files and folders

As you’ve already introduced to the menu bar in the previous guiding you can find “Encrypt File” and “Encrypt Folder” button there. If you want to encrypt and password protect file you can click “Encrypt File” and select the file and navigate to “OK” button. Next you can complete the encryption by following the guide as mentioned from Step 2 to Step 5.

If you want to lock up a folder on your local drive disk you can click on the “Encrypt Folder” button, at first you have to select the folder out and then it pops up a window, next, just follow wizard and guide from Step 2 to Step 5 to finish the encryption.

How to decrypt a file or folder

If you need to decrypt the locked file or folder, there are multiple ways for you to achieve this goal. Here we go!

Step 1: Find the file or folder you wish to decrypt

You can decrypt a file or folder in the main window. Lauch the program to open the main window and then you can see the list of files and folder you’ve locked up, next, moving your mouse pointer to the file or folder you need to decrypt and double click on it or navigate to the right-click menu then select “decrypt” option.

Or you can find the encrypted file or folder in the local drive disk, next double click or right click them to realize decryption as you can do in the above process.

Step 2 Entering your password and finish decryption

Next, here pops up a “Decrypt” interface, firstly enter your password, and then select an appropriate decryption mode:

Browse: pops up the folder browsing window automatically after you unlock the folder or file, and as soon as you close the window your file or folder will be locked up again automatically.

Temporary: This mode meets the need of those who want to temporarily use the encrypted file or folder. When Clicking on this option here appears a pop up box: Clicking on “Minimize” button the window will be minimized to the system tray, this means you can access to the decrypted file or folder, and after you close the folder browsing window it file or folder will regain the protection and be locked; Clicking on “Encrypt now” button or shut down “Temporary” window directly the file or folder will be recover encryption at once.

Complete: This mode requires you re-enter a password to encrypt a file or folder as you decrypt them completely this time.

Next, you can choose the decryption option for your files or folders which means you can let the file or folder run automatically after you decrypt them.

After finish the steps above, Click on the “Decrypt” button to unlock the file or folder.

How to shred a file or folder permanently

Some unwanted files or folder may annoy you every now and then, her with the help of Advanced Folder Encryption you can totally free from this problem. Sometimes useless files may also contain some confidential data or enterprise secret, cause data loss or leakage and other kind of damage to the individual or even the whole company if you fail to handle them properly. The best way to get rid of them is to shred them completely and nip any danger in the bud.

Shredding document is a remarkable function of Advanced Folder Encryption, you can enter the main window and click on the “Shred File” button on the taskbar, then select “Add Files” or “Add Folders” option to add the files or folders you want to destroy, next Click on “Start” to start shredding. After you finish the deleting and shredding of unwanted files and folders click on “Exit” or close the window.

How to encrypt a local hard drive disk

If you put some of your important files or folders in a local hard drive at the same time you don’t want any unauthorized access to these files, then you can encrypt the whole disk with the help of Advanced Folder Encryption.

Navigate to the “Protect Drive” button in the taskbar of the main window, then pops up a “Hard Drive Protection” interface, next select a hard drive disk you want to encrypt, and then complete encryption by clicking on “OK”.

Now the selected hard disk will not accessible for any use and if you want to open and view the hard drive disk you can go back to the main window and click on “Protect Drive” button and delete the selection of the hard drive.