Location-based File Encryption

The SafeGuard Enterprise module File Encryption offers location-based file encryption on local drives and network locations, mainly for work groups on network shares.

In the SafeGuard Management Center, you define the rules for file-based encryption in File Encryption policies. In these File Encryption rules, you specify the folders that are to be handled by File Encryption, the encryption mode and the key to be used for encryption. In General Settings policies, you can define how specific applications and file systems are handled on endpoints in the context of File Encryption. You can specify ignored and trusted applications as well as ignored devices. You can also enable persistent encryption for File Encryption.

For encryption, Personal Keys can be used. A Personal Key that is active for a user only applies to this particular user and cannot be shared with or assigned to any other users. You can create Personal Keys in the SafeGuard Management Center under Users and Computers.

After a File Encryption policy has been assigned to endpoints, files in the locations covered by the policy are transparently encrypted without user interaction:

Already existing files in the locations covered by the encryption policy are not encrypted automatically. Users have to carry out an initial encryption in the SafeGuard File Encryption Wizard on the endpoint. For further information, see the SafeGuard Enterprise user help.


SafeGuard File Encryption is not compatible with Windows built-in EFS encryption and file compression. If EFS is enabled, it has priority over any applicable file encryption rule and files that are created in the relevant folder cannot be encrypted by File Encryption. If compression is enabled, File Encryption has a higher priority and files are encrypted but not compressed. To encrypt the files by File Encryption, EFS encryption or data compression has to be removed beforehand. This can be done manually or by running the SafeGuard Enterprise Initial Encryption Wizard.


For details when using Mac endpoints and SafeGuard File Encryption for Mac, see About SafeGuard File Encryption for Mac and the SafeGuard Enterprise for Mac user help.