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12. Security > 12.2. Encryption for Windows XP Pro

Encryption for Windows XP Pro

One of the best ways to keep your personal information and files secure is to use encryption. When you encrypt a file, XP scrambles the contents so that only a person using the account that encrypted the file can read it. Thus, when you encrypt files and then log off your account, only somebody with your account password can read the scrambled documents, making it a good choice for sensitive stuff like financial information, that note to your spouse with the code to your personal safe, and the list of names of everyone you’ve ever kissed.

This section explains how to encrypt files and folders using Windows XP Pro’s built-in tools; the Home edition, unfortunately, doesn’t include these features.


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