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Windows 7: ridiculous...can someone help

04 Dec 2010   #51

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sandeep108 View Post
Once you encrypt the files in Windows, even if you get local access (say somebody steals your laptop), nobody can access / copy your encrypted files without you logging in. It is only once you log in and select copy that windows will ask you to break the encryption on the files being copied. And this is only on the target media, your original files remain encrypted. Unless of course you choose 'cut'.
That isn't really encryption, then. Encryption involves a key...and without said key, there's no way to unencrypt. It has nothing to do with login of the system. Anyone can take a laptop/desktop and reset a password to allow them to login, gaining access to files. That wouldn't be possible if those files were encrypted.
AFAIK that key is generated by windows and linked to your login. If the password is reset, I believe you will lose the encrypted files.

Only encryption provides the best security against your files access. Of course encryption does add overhead to the system.

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