Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170352/how-to-password-protect-files-and-folders-with-encryption/
Whether you want to store sensitive data on a USB drive, securely email it, or just add an additional layer of security on your hard drive, there are a variety of ways to protect your files with a password.
Pity you didn't give more info on non Windows systems.
is there a way to have several different folders encrypted for different users that login to the same "presenter" account?this computer is the main computer that is attached to all of our A/V equipment so it is used by about 20 users a day.
truecrypt can do that. just click a different drive letter (a - z) when mounting the file
Can folders encrypted with Truecrypt be copied or cloned to another HDD and still be accessed with the password?
yes they can, i can drag n drop the file from a hard drive to a flash drive and still open it with the password. i've also backed it up to another hard drive.
Though if you use TrueCrypt portable you'll need to have admin privileges.http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/truecrypt-portable
Also, if you plan to include the file container is some automated backup you need to disable "Preserve modification timestamp of file containers" in TrueCrypt's settings.
I'm sorry, but I find the whole 7-Zip mechanism user-hostile. It might as well be written in Swahili. How do geeks expect non-geeks to learn how to archive anything w/instructions that are impenetrable?
By using WinRAR. Also, 7-Zip looks intimidating at first, but it's literally made up of awesomeness.
thanks theMike! i will have a go at it this week
for as powerful as truecrypt is, the help files are some of the easiest to follow. you should have no problems with it
Safehouse Explorer is fairly easy to learn to use. It's AES 256, and creates separate volumes.