Secure confidential information using Microsoft Encrypting File System on SBS 2008 and Windows 7

Microsoft created Encrypting File System tool for encrypting confidential files and folders on servers and client computers that shouldn’t be disclosed without authorization, information that resides on remote servers or on portable computers such as laptops or netbooks, or confidential information on computers that’re shared by multiple workers at a business. EFS is an integral […]

Microsoft created Encrypting File System tool for encrypting confidential files and folders on servers and client computers that shouldn’t be disclosed without authorization, information that resides on remote servers or on portable computers such as laptops or netbooks, or confidential information on computers that’re shared by multiple workers at a business. EFS is an integral part of the file system and is transparent to your users and applications; you don’t need to install any special software to work with encrypted files. It’s available on Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) 2008 and the Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate operating systems, including both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. Because EFS is so secure, it’s critical to enforce a strong password policy. It’s also a best practice to archive and back up the recovery keys for your domain and keep them in a safe place to ensure recovery should the keys become damaged or lost. If you don’t take these precautions, you can permanently lose information in encrypted files and folders. For more information on EFS Best Practices, read this TechNet article.

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