Encryption is quite a simple process. You will be able to encrypt any file or folder, irrespective of its size. For that, you need to follow the below-given steps:
Step 1) Right-click on the file
Right-click on the file to be encrypted, then select properties.
Step 2) Click on the ‘Advanced’ button
You will see the properties of the file. Then you need to click on the ‘Advanced’ button
Step 3) Select Encrypt contents to secure data
Further click on ‘Encrypt contents to secure data’ and click OK button.
Step 4) Choose ‘encrypt the file and the parent folder’ option
Then, a pop-up will appear, as shown in the image below. If you want to encrypt the entire folder, choose ‘encrypt the file and the parent folder’ option.
Moreover, if you want to encrypt only the file, click on the ‘encrypt the file only’ option. Now, click on the OK button.
Step 5) Click the Cancel button
After performing these steps, you will get a notification on your screen as a backup option. Then click the Cancel button to stop this action.
Moving on, if you want to have a backup/copy to retrieve the information, you can click on the pop-up that appeared for backup. Then click on the first option, “Back up now (recommended),” to get a backup.
Decrypting A File in Windows
To decrypt your file or folder, follow these steps:
Step 1) Right-click on the folder or file you want to decrypt.
And select Properties from the drop-down menu.
Step 2) At the bottom of your screen, click the “Advanced” option.
Step 3) Under “Compress or Encrypt attributes,” uncheck the box of “Encrypt contents to secure data” and click OK
How to Encrypt Files Using Microsoft Office
If you want to save & encrypt a file directly from Microsoft Office, then the following steps need to be done:
Step 1) The file that you want to encrypt needs to be opened.
Step 2) Now, in Microsoft Office, select the file and press the open button.
Step 3) In the file menu,
Select the protect the document option
Step 4) Now, it needs to be encrypted.
Enter the password to do this.
Step 5) The pop-up box will ask you to set a password to protect your document.
Click on the OK button.
Step 6) You will be asked to re-enter the password to double-check.
Step 7) Lastly, re-enter the password and click OK to finish. the process.