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AES 256 folder encryption in Windows 10 Home

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I got a USB-C+A drive to backup my phone "on-the-go" and I'm thinking about encrypting some folders there with AES 256, which is conveniently built-in in my daily used Solid Explorer. I want to use this because it's supposed to be natively supported by Windows so I could open the folder on any computer, no bloatware needed. But seems like it's disabled in Windows 10 Home edition. Also I'm not sure if it works with FAT32.

Is there a way to unlock/install support of AES 256 folder encryption (not Bitlocker volume encryption)? I've found solution involving 3rd-party tools for same purpose that don't work with AES 256 encrypted folders.

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2 minutes ago, Bombama said:

I got a USB-C+A drive to backup my phone "on-the-go" and I'm thinking about encrypting some folders there with AES 256, which is conveniently built-in in my daily used Solid Explorer. I want to use this because it's supposed to be natively supported by Windows so I could open the folder on any computer, no bloatware needed. But seems like it's disabled in Windows 10 Home edition. Also I'm not sure if it works with FAT32.

Is there a way to unlock/install support of AES 256 folder encryption (not Bitlocker volume encryption)? I've found solution involving 3rd-party tools for same purpose that don't work with AES 256 encrypted folders.

I would use veracrypt. They have an exe version that doesn't need to install, so you can just keep that on the USB drive so you always have it. Its much.... much more secure assume you set it up well.


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14 minutes ago, LIGISTX said:

I would use veracrypt. They have an exe version that doesn't need to install, so you can just keep that on the USB drive so you always have it. Its much.... much more secure assume you set it up well.

Thanks for suggestion, it would be ok for desktop. But what about Android? I liked the initial idea mostly because it works without any additional gimmicks. I'm just copying files to the folder and it's done. But now just because Wind10 Home has encryption locked out, I'd have to look for 3rd-party solutions for both - Windows and Android.

 

BTW, is there ANY program for Windows that uses fingerprint sensor on laptop? I just noticed that it's convenient to use on phone but I never used it on laptop for other than unlocking the lock-screen.

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1 minute ago, Bombama said:

Thanks for suggestion, it would be ok for desktop. But what about Android? I liked the initial idea mostly because it works without any additional gimmicks. I'm just copying files to the folder and it's done. But now just because Wind10 Home has encryption locked out, I'd have to look for 3rd-party solutions for both - Windows and Android.

I am not sure about Android. Sorry, missed that part. 


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