Real-Time (On-The-Fly) Folder Encryption In Windows

We always put great emphasis on data protection. As today, we are living in an era where everything’s digital, including our credentials and other important files – any unintended hands can easily misuse such information, if insufficiently protected. Thankfully, PCs now have various data security software that keep everything in check and well protected from intruders. Windows 7 alone is quite robust in protecting our files, but if you were looking for a file encryption tool that is not so easy to crack, then what you probably need is FileWall. It is an encryption application that can quickly encrypt and decrypt files stored in your hard drive. It integrates into the Windows Explorer right-click context menu for instant access and uses AES-128 bit encryption as the default encryption algorithm. It supports real-time encryption on folders which allows the data to be encrypted before being written to the disk. That means that no one will be able to access the existing and newly created documents inside a folder without entering the password. Read past the jump for more details.

The application itself has no interface at all and its access is only available through the right-click context menu. To encrypt a file, right click on it and select Encryption from the FileWall menu. Next up, you’d need to enter the Password and Confirm Password in the Encryption window and click OK to encrypt the file.

Any user without the password will not be able to view the data inside the encrypted file, as you can see from the screenshot below. To decrypt an encrypted file, simply right-click it, select Decrypt and enter Password.

AddictiveTips.txt - Notepad

Along with typical file encryption, FileWall also sports another feature called Real-Time Encryption, which we found to be quite useful. Once you right-click on a folder, select Open real-time encryption from the FileWall menu and enter password. Now any data written inside that particular folder will be automatically encrypted. This is quite useful to avoid encrypting multiple files individually. When you are done with entering data, right-click on the folder again and select Close real-time encryption from the FileWall menu to disable access to file data.

FileWall Real Time Encryption

To state our verdict, we’d say that FileWall is an awesome application, especially its real time protection functionality and 128 bit AES algorithm. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported. Testing as carried out on Windows 7 Ultimate.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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