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How do I encrypt or decrypt folders?
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To encrypt a folder, firstly either create a new folder or choose a current folder.

 

 

Right click on the folder and from the menu select DESlock+, then from the context menu select 'Encrypt with DESlock+...'. 

 

 

Doing this will launch the Folder Encryption Wizard.

 

Folder Encryption Wizard

 

 If you have a backup the folder's data has already been created, place a tick in the box next to 'I have backed up my data and wish to continue' and click 'Next'. If no backup has been taken, it is advised to do so before proceeding.

 

 

Select the key with which to encrypt the folder and click 'Next'. Please note that at this point, if only one encryption key exists, this will be selected by default, the last window will be bypassed and the following window will be displayed.

 

If it is preferred that the folder is to be hidden when either logged out of DESlock+ or in the eventuality that the key that was used to encrypt the folder is deleted from the Key-File, then leave a tick in the box next to 'Hide folder when encryption key not available' and click 'Next'. Otherwise, click the box to remove the tick and click 'Next'.

 

 

The folder will now become encrypted once 4 green lights are displayed. If a plain text (not encrypted) backup of the folder which has just been encrypted is required to be available, then leave a tick in the box and click 'Finish'. Otherwise, if the folder is to be solely encrypted, click on the box next to 'Leave plain text backup?' to clear the tick and click 'Finish'.

 

Once the folder has been encrypted, any files copied to, moved to or created in the folder, including sub folders, will be automatically encrypted and protected. Note that an encrypted folder will have the following icon.

 

 Encrypted Folder

Decryption

If a folder has already been encrypted and it is required to be decrypted, including all its contents and sub folders, right click on the folder, click on 'DESlock+' and choose 'Decrypt folder with DESlock+…' from the DESlock+ context menu.

 

 Decrypt Folder menu

 

The Decryption Wizard will then be launched.

 

Place a tick in the check box next to 'I have backed up my data and wish to continue' and click 'Next'.

 

 

Click 'Next'.

 

Folder decryption complete

 

If an encrypted backup of the folder is required then leave a tick in the check box next to 'Leave encrypted backup?', otherwise, click on the check box to remove the tick and click'Finish'.

The folder will now become plain data and will be a normal file accessible in the usual way.


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