How to manually encrypt and decrypt files and folders

How to manually encrypt and decrypt files and folders

Encrypting files and folders

While certain locations will have been defined by your organisation's IT administrators to govern automatic file encryption, it is also possible to encrypt files on an ad-hoc basis on your device if your user permissions allow.

To do this:

  1. Navigate to the file or folder you wish to encrypt.
  2. Right-click on the file or folder and select the SmartEncrypt >> Encrypt option from the context menu.

  3. Click Start and wait for the encryption process to be completed
  4. Once complete you can close

Good to know...
  1. You can also select multiple files and encrypt them at once, rather than encrypting each file individually.
  2. Even if you have more than one Encryption Key assigned to you, you can only use the Primary Key for ad-hoc encryption.
  3. When you encrypt a folder, it is specific to the device you are using. If you encrypt a folder in a synchronised location, the encrypted folder and its content will be synced to any device syncing the same folder, but new files will not be encrypted automatically when when they are added.

Decrypting files and folders

To decrypt files, follow the same process as for encrypting files and folders, but choose Decrypt from the context menu. 

Good to know...
  1. You cannot manually decrypt files or folders governed by an Encryption Rule, even if you have the correct Encryption Key assigned to you.

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