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How To Protect Confidentiality On Your Computer

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How To Protect Confidentiality On Your Computer
Our personal computer saves our important information and it’s very crucial to protect it. It keeps an account of all the actions you perform and if anyone gets access to it, he/she can view all your personal data and use it for illegal purposes. It can cost you a great deal, especially if you have financial information stored on your computer.

Using privacy software programs and following some simple tips may help protect your computer. Some are explained below:

step-by-step instructions

  1. Password Protect Your files: Before putting a password keep a backup of your files, in case you forget your password anytime. For XP users:
    • Right click on the folder you desire to encrypt and choose Properties.
    • Select the Advanced button and select "Encrypt contents to secure data”.
    • Click Apply and then Ok.
    Note: Encrypt data option is grayed out if you are using XP home edition. In that case:
    • Right click on the folder and choose Properties.
    • Click on the Sharing tab and select “Make this folder private” option.
    • Click Apply and then Ok.

  2. EFS Encryption: Encrypting File System (EFS) is available in Windows 2000, XP Pro, and Server 2003. It is a built-in certificate-based encryption that guards single files saved on NTFS-formatted partitions. EFS files can only be opened by you or designated recovery agent. Encrypting a file or folder is easy:
    • Right Click on the folder you desire to encrypt and choose Properties.
    • Click the Advanced button on the General tab and you will get the option.
    Note: EFS encryption and NTFS compression may not work simultaneously. ‘EFS’ is for protecting data on the disk. If you send an EFS file on the network and somebody employs a sniffer to acquire the data packets, the data gets unsecure.

  3. Using IRM: Microsoft has now developed a service known as Information Rights Management (IRM) which is available in Outlook 2003.

    IRM secures the message sent by the recipient by preventing it from being copied forwarded or printed. The recipient can view the message but can’t perform other tasks on it.

    You can avail the service of IRM if you have a Microsoft .NET Passport (e-mail id).

    Log on to the IRM service with your email address and download the digital certificate. It is used by Outlook 2003 for identification and activating IRM.



tips and tricks

  • Always keep a backup of your critical documents.
  • Always download authentic software programs for protecting your computer.
  • Never share your password publically.
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