Do you store sensitive or private information on your computer? If your computer was lost or stolen, would this information be accessible to anyone?
If you’ve password protected your PC or laptop Windows account then you may think that your personal data is safe. But Windows user and administrator passwords can be bypassed thereby opening up all of your files for viewing by prying eyes. Safeguarding your personal information such as bank details, tax returns, resume and even family photos etc is an essential step towards avoiding identity fraud or credit card theft.
AxCrypt, an open source file encryption application for Windows that integrates with Windows Explorer right click (secondary mouse button click) menu to allow file encryption and unencryption on the fly. An individual file, group of files or a folder can be encrypted simply using the AxCrypt context menu. Double-clicking on an encrypted file prompts for the password, and then opens the file in its associated application.
The second method is another open source application called TrueCrypt that allows you to create a virtual encrypted disc or volume as a file and mount it as a virtual drive. It may require a little more technical knowledge to get started but there is extensive documentation available online. The encrypted volume cannot be mounted without a password but once it is, files can be read and written to the volume as if it were another drive.