Easily Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS or Encrypted File Service in Windows 8

Are you want to Easily Encrypt Files and Folders with Encrypted File Service or EFS in Windows 8? Did you know Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP include an easy to use and very secure encryption service that allows you to encrypt files and folders with just a few clicks? It’s called the EFS or Encrypted File Service.

Encrypted File Service is a built-in Encryption service which is built into Windows since the days of Windows XP. Once a file is encrypted using Encrypted File Service, it can only be accessed by the Windows login that encrypted the file. Although other users on the same computer might be able to see your files, they will be unable to open them – including Administrators. Very handy if you want to keep certain files or folders private – and because Encrypted File Service is built-in seamlessly to Windows, you won’t even notice it most of the time.

Let’s review now how to enable it. Although the screenshots and steps below are taken from Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Click Right button on  the Folder or File you wish to encrypt and click Properties.

 From the General Tab, click Advanced.

Check the box Encrypt contents to secure data and click OK.

Click OK.

If you’re encrypting a folder, Windows will ask if you want to encrypt just the single folder or files and all subfolders in the folder.

Click the radio button and click OK.

By default, after encrypting a folder or file with Windows Encrypted File Service, it will turn green as shown below.

For that I chose to encrypt all subfolders and files, notice how they are also encrypted (green) as well.

Every one  also recommend using Encrypted File Service to encrypt sensitive data to protect you against the theft or sale of your PC. Because the encrypting key is associated to your Windows account and password, your data will be safe even if the data is ripped or your password hard reset.