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3. Components > NTFS Encryption Utility

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NTFS Encryption Utility — \windows\system32\cipher.exe

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NTFS Encryption runs invisibly in the background, and is used to prevent unauthorized access to your data by other users on your system or network. Cipher, included only with Windows XP Professional, allows you to view or configure the automatic file encryption on NTFS drives from the command prompt. Most of the features of this tool can be more easily accessed by right-clicking on a file or folder, selecting Properties, clicking Advanced, and then turning on the "Encrypt contents to secure data" option.

If you run the NTFS Encryption Utility without any options, it will display the encryption settings for the current directory and all its contents. Otherwise, specify any of the following options:


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