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If your drives are formatted with NTFS, you have the option of using
encryption. Windows XP uses the Encrypting File System (EFS) which
lets you encrypt your folders and files for increased security. Normally
to encrypt a folder or file, you would have to do so from the
folder or file’s properties window and access the advanced attributes.
Wouldn’t it be great though if you could just encrypt or decrypt a file
or folder using the shortcut menu?
Well here’s a nifty little tip that does just that… it adds the encrypt and
decrypt options to the shortcut menu for a folder or file. Of course, a
word of caution: the following steps do require you to modify the
registry, so proceed carefully:
Click Start, point to run, and type regedit. Within the Registry Editor,
navigate to the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. Click the Edit menu, point to New,
and select Dword value. Type in EncryptionContextMenu. Configure
the value as 1. You should now be able to encrypt or decrypt any of
your folders and files using the shortcut menu.

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