How to Encrypt Files on Windows 10

12 Mar 2020 | Jetico Technical Support

There are two main methods to encrypt files on Windows 10.

Whether you’ll pick file or container encryption really depends on your protection needs
As a general rule…

  • File encryption lets you encrypt one file at a time.
    This is the ideal solution if you need to protect just a few files, or if you need to send a sensitive file by email.
  • Container encryption protects many files at once.
    This is the preferred choice if you need to encrypt groups of files together.

Most likely your computers are storing all sorts of sensitive data in more than a few files. So here we'll show you how to encrypt files on Window 10 by using BestCrypt Container Encryption.
 

5 Easy Steps to Encrypt Your Files on Windows 10

If you haven’t yet installed BestCrypt, see our how-to video. The software is also available for a 21-day free trial.

Step 1: Run the Software as Administrator

Once you have successfully installed BestCrypt, ‘Run as administrator’…

  • Go to Start menu
  • Select ‘BestCrypt’
  • Right-click ‘BestCrypt Container Panel’
  • Select ‘More’ and choose ‘Run as administrator’
  • If prompted for elevation click ‘Yes’
Windows 10 with BestCrypt Container Encryption, pic 1

Step 2: Create Container

To create the virtual drive where you’ll store your sensitive data…

  • Select ‘Container’ tab from the menu and then choose 'New'
Windows 10 with BestCrypt Container Encryption, pic 2
  • Enter a container file path
    Or
    Select the
    ellipsis button’ (the 3 dots) to browse for a specific location
  • Adjust the size of the container by using the arrows
  • Enter a brief description (optional)
  • Click ‘Create’
Create new container in BestCrypt screenshot

Before selecting 'Create', you can also change default settings or switch between encryption algorithms by clicking ‘Show Advanced Settings’. For step-by-step instructions, watch our dedicated how-to video.

Step 3: Choose Encryption Password

It’s time to create a password for your container. Every time you access your encrypted container, this password will be requested. Be sure you don’t forget it! Here are some tips on how to create a strong and memorable password.

  • Choose and enter a password (min 8 characters)
  • Confirm the password
  • Click 'OK'
Enter password on BestCrypt at container creation time schreenshot

Step 4: Encryption Process

So-called ‘seed data’ is needed to generate a random encryption key. To get random data for the seed, the program will display a dialog window, visualizing the encryption seed generation process.

  • Move your mouse around inside the window
    OR
    Type anywhere on the keyboard
  • Continue until the green line reaches the end of the progress bar
Seed generation when creating a new container in BestCrypt screenshot

Step 5: Format Container

The container you just created will appear to Windows as another drive. To complete the process and start protecting files with BestCrypt, you will be asked to format your container. This is a standard procedure and you are not going to erase any data – your container is empty.

  • Click ‘Format disk’
How to Encrypt Files on Windows 10, BCCE, Pic7
  • Select 'Start'
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A warning message might pop up. This is a default message which you will receive when formatting any volume or drive, so don’t worry. Click ‘OK’ to proceed. Once formatting is complete, your encrypted container is ready to use!

How to Encrypt Files on Windows 10, BCCE, Pic9

Finally…
Add files to your container

Now that your container is ready, let’s add some files. You can either…

  • Create files from within your container
    This is a more secure method. We recommend using it whenever you need to create a new file that needs protection. Simply right-click anywhere inside the container and select ‘New’.
  • Move existing files into your container
    You can drag and drop existing files into the container. Files created outside of the container might leave traces of information around your operating system. To solve that problem, you need to permanently delete the original unencrypted files and then wipe free space.

Happy Encrypting!

 

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5 Benefits of Container Encryption vs. File Encryption
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How to Encrypt Data on External Hard Drives (Windows 10 & Mac)

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