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Beginners Guides: Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
Beginners Guides: Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop - PCSTATS
Abstract: And, if that doesn't work, at least you can protect your data better than you did that brand new notebook. Harsh words, but sound advice.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Sep 08 2005   M. Dowler  
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How to encrypt files in Windows XP

Let's look at how to encrypt files in Windows XP, and how to create a recovery agent in case of disaster:

Note that you must be using the NTFS file system in order to use encryption.

Encrypting files and folders:

Right click on the file or folder and select 'properties.'

In the 'attributes' section at the bottom, click 'advanced.'

Check the 'encrypt contents to secure data' box, then click OK twice. In the case of a file, you will be prompted to choose between encrypting just that single file or the whole folder, and in the case of a folder, whether you wish to also encrypt any subfolders it may contain.

Creating a recovery agent:

Decide which user you wish to use as a data-recovery agent. It is recommended that you use the built in 'administrator' account. Login as this account.

Go to 'start\run' and type 'cmd' to bring up the command prompt.

Type 'cipher /r:(pick a filename) to create a digital certificate for a recovery agent. You will be prompted to set a password. This creates two files in the 'my documents' folder of the current user. Be aware that these files can be used by anyone to become a data-recovery agent, so it is wise to remove them after we are finished this procedure.

And by remove them I mean delete the files and empty out the "recycle bin." This effectively clears the files from the computer, or you can manage the same result by holding down the 'shift key' as you delete the selected files.

Go to 'start\run' and type certmgr.msc.

Go to 'certificates - current user\personal' right click and choose 'all tasks' then 'import'.Click next.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
 Pg 2.  Biometric security
 Pg 3.  Laptop tracing software
 Pg 4.  Protecting your data in the event of theft
 Pg 5.  Password Tips and Encrypt Vital Data
 Pg 6.  — How to encrypt files in Windows XP
 Pg 7.  Creating a Recovery Agent
 Pg 8.  Exporting a data recovery certificate

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