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Chapter 25. Managing Your Hard Drives > The Encrypting File System

The Encrypting File System

One of the single largest improvements in Windows XP over Windows 2000 is in the area of the Encrypting File System. EFS in Windows XP provides the following new features:

  • More than one user can be allowed access to an encrypted file.

  • Offline files can now be encrypted.

  • Data Recovery Agents (DRAs) are not required, but still recommended.

  • The triple-DES (3DES) encryption algorithm is available, replacing the DESX algorithm.

  • A password reset disk can be used to reset a user's password.

  • Encrypted files can be stored in Web folders.


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