By circusboy01 ยท 4 replies
Feb 4, 2011
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  1. What does it mean to encrypt a file?
  2. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

  3. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    So in a nut shell encrypting turns plain text into code. Thanks CB
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Correct. But there's also a "gotcha" to be aware of (if you're not already)

    I've seen several posts in the forums where people need help decrypting their files where
    > They cloned one disk to another. But now can't decrypt the new disk
    > The disk got corrupted. And some files can't be decrypted

    Bottom line: There are some special rules that apply if you want to encrypt your files. Read all documentation to know all the rules and follow them. These methods provide "Strong" encryption. Meaning once something goes wrong, if you haven't followed all the rules, it's unlikely anyone or "fix" program will unencrypt the data for you!

    One example, i saw one scheme where the encryption key must be managed (created, backedup, store in its "vault", moved to a different hard drive) using specific utilities. Simply running normal backups doesn't qualify as "backing" your key. So encryption is very cool and handy. But CAVEAT EMPTOR!
  5. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    Thank you very much for the information. But. I probably wont be encrypting anything. I was just curious about what the word meant. Turns out I already knew what it meant. Guess I just forgot. CB

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