This Article describes how to encrypt files and folders with Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.x for Windows.
Symantec Encryption Desktop uses the PGP Zip program to encrypt files and folders. There are two methods with which the PGP Zip program can be accessed. First, PGP Zip may be accessed from within the Symantec Encryption Desktop program by selecting the PGP Zip portion of the Control Box.
Second, the PGP Zip program can be accessed by right clicking on the desired file/folder in Windows Explorer and selecting Symantec Encryption Desktop from the context menu. When a file or folder is encrypted using PGP Zip, a .pgp extension is appended to the file. The newly encrypted file will appear displaying an icon with a PGP and a lock.
Using PGP Zip within Symantec Encryption Desktop
Follow the instructions in this section to create,open, or edit a PGP Zip file.
Create a PGP Zip file
To encrypt a new file using PGP Zip, perform the following steps.
Caution: This process does not remove the original unencrypted file from the disk. To remove the original file from the disk, use the PGP Shredder or edit the PGP Zip file in Symantec Encryption Desktop and select Shred Original Files from Disk.
Open a PGP Zip File
To open a previously created PGP Zip file, the file may be opened by double clicking on the file and entering the passphrase or by opening the file in Symantec Encryption Desktop. Opening the file in Symantec Encryption Desktop may be accomplished by the following:
Open Symantec Encryption Desktop.
Edit a PGP Zip File
Opening the file in Symantec Encryption Desktop may be accomplished by the following:
Using PGP Zip with Windows Explorer
Whenever a file is selected in Windows Explorer and right clicked upon, the Symantec Encryption Desktop menu is available for encryption and decryption processes. This option will provide access to the same PGP Zip program.
Encrypt a file using PGP Zip with Windows Explorer
Symantec Encryption Desktop has additional menu items available from the Windows Explorer context menu which allow access to encrypting files using the PGP Zip program. The following list provides a general summary of the functionality of the additional items available from the Windows Explorer context menu.