Note: For new users, the Encryption Wizard provides a guided means of encrypting your files. However, as you become more familiar using Universal Shield, you'll probably find it quicker to directly right-click objects in the protection list and choose Encrypt or Decrypt directly.
The Encryption Wizard leads you through the process of encrypting files. (You can use the Universal Shield Wizard to encrypt files in the same way-for more information, see "How to Encrypt a File" and "How to Decrypt a File".)
Note: The items you selected to encrypt remain encrypted until you decrypt them. Even if you DISABLE protection and delete the file from the Universal Shield window, the encryption remains in-place. For more information, see "How to Decrypt a File".
To use the Encryption Wizard:
- Click Encryption > Encryption Wizard.
- Choose to Encrypt a File, and click Next.
- Choose the object you want to encrypt. For example, you might want to encrypt a Microsoft Word (*.DOC), so nobody else can use it. Select Encrypt a File.
- Select the file you want to encrypt.
- Click Add to List.
- In the Select File dialog box, browse to find the file you want. For testing, choose a file that is unimportant or create a file that you know you can delete without harming anything.
- When you find the file, click it to select it; click Open (or, double-click the file). The file you selected appears in the Universal Shield Wizard window.
- If you want, you could select more than one file by using Add to List.
- After you finish adding files, click Next.
- Select the Algorithms you want to use from the drop-down list.
- Set your Password. Anyone who wants to use the data in your encrypted files will need to know the password to decrypt them.
- Click Start and then Finish to encrypt the files you selected.
- Click Close to close the Wizard.
- The Universal Shield window displays the files you encrypted.
- Using Microsoft Word, or other software that is appropriate for the kind of file you have encrypted such as Adobe Reader for .PDF files, open the encrypted file. If you try, either the file will not open or the file opens and appears scrambled an unusable.