Windows 8.1 encrypt folder

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  1. Peterr

    Peterr Honorable Member

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    Hello
    I have found out how to encrypt a folder I would sent to the Cloud.
    I also saw how to decrypt the folder.
    I saw mention of backing up the cetificate which sems to complicate the process..
    if you can decrypt a folder you have encrypted, why is it necessary to backup the certificate?
    Is it because the first time a certificate is generated and without it you cannot open the folder?

    If so where do you back the certificate up to in case of drive failure?
    Thank you
    Peter
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    You could then save it to a different drive, DVD disk,thumb drive anywhere you considered safe.
    This web page explains how:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/back-up-efs-certificate#1TC=windows-7
     
  3. Peterr

    Peterr Honorable Member

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    I am sorry to be thick I did see the link, thank you.
    MY question is, do you save a certificate to a flash drive, for example, each time you encrypt a folder?
    It seems as though you would have quite an extensive list, unless I am mistaken..
     
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    I guess so Peter although as you say the list could end up quite large.
     
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    I thought I may have had it wrong. The media must be trusted for integrity because if it fails, you have no way to access the folders.
    Maybe 2 different media would help. I have 2 different flash drives with passwords on them, so they would be perfect. I doubt 2 would go at the same time. - thank you.
    Peter
     

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