Encrypt/Decrypt files manually

SafeGuard File Encryption allows you to encrypt or decrypt individual files manually. Right-click a file and select SafeGuard File Encryption. The following functions are available:
  • Show encryption state: Indicates whether or not the file is encrypted as well as the key used.
  • Encrypt according to policy: See Encrypt all files according to policy.
  • Decrypt: (only for location-based file encryption): Allows you to decrypt a file that is not covered by a File Encryption rule.
  • Decrypt selected file (only for application-based file encryption): Allows you to decrypt your file and store it in plaintext. We recommend decrypting your file only if it does not contain any sensitive data.
  • Encrypt selected file (only for application-based file encryption): Allows you to manually encrypt files with the key specified in your policy.
  • Create password protected file: Here you can define a password to encrypt individual files manually. This is useful if you want to securely share your file with someone outside your corporate network, see Send encrypted files via email.

If you right-click folders or drives, the following functions are available:

  • Show encryption state: Displays a list of the included files with icons indicating the encryption state as well as the key used.
  • Encrypt according to policy: See Encrypt all files according to policy.

The following options are only available for Cloud Storage and Data Exchange:

  • Default key: Shows the key currently used for new files added to the volume (by saving, copying or moving). You can define the standard key for each individual volume or removable media separately.
  • Set default key: Opens a dialog for selecting a different default key.
  • Create new key: Opens a dialog for creating user-defined local keys.
  • Re-activate encryption: Your security officer can allow you to decide whether files on removable media connected to your computer are to be encrypted. When you connect removable media to your computer, a message box is displayed asking you whether you want to encrypt the files on the attached media. In addition, your security officer can allow you to select whether your choice is to be remembered for the relevant media. If you select Remember setting and do not show this dialog again, the message box will not be displayed again for the relevant media. In this case, the new command Re-activate encryption becomes available in the context menu of the relevant device in Windows Explorer. Select this command to revert your decision about encryption for the relevant device. If this is not possible, for example because you do not have the relevant rights for the device, an error message is displayed. After you have reverted your decision, you are prompted to decide about encryption for the relevant device again.