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Windows 7: Which folders to encrypt with EFS

06 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Which folders to encrypt with EFS

Are there any folders that should be encrypted, for example temp folder and such?


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06 Nov 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent View Post
Are there any folders that should be encrypted, for example temp folder and such?
Hi and welcome

Be very careful encrypting. Lose the key and your data is gone. Usually ppl encrypt their data. Encrypting temp doesn't make it more secure. Encryption also slows down the process.

Could you tell us why you want to encrypt?

Thanks

Ken J
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06 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

To keep out nosy visitors and potentially malicious people.
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06 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Physical people, or people on the internet?
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06 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Both.
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06 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

Encrypting temp doesn't make it more secure. Encryption also slows down the process.

Could you tell us why you want to encrypt?
I found this "best practice" on Microsoft support site. I don't know whether it applies to Windows 7 or only older OS's:

"Encrypt the Temp folder (%TEMP%) to ensure that the temporary files that are created by various applications are encrypted."

How to use Encrypting File System (EFS) with Internet Information Services

My aim to keep out both physical people and internet intruders. Is the fact that decryption is always possible when you are logged on make it impossible to keep out people from the internet?
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06 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

That guide is for IIS which the temp directory can contain valuable data and is employed on shared servers. While for home users...its not all the worth while or effective. And to block internet users, a good firewall.
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06 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
And to block internet users, a good firewall.
Is Windows Firewall, with default settings, sufficient?
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07 Nov 2009   #9

win 7
 
 

there is no need to encrypt temp folder,and just do when u want your important data to be more safe
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07 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
And to block internet users, a good firewall.
Is Windows Firewall, with default settings, sufficient?
Yes. tho it is even better when behind a router with its own firewall.
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