In Windows 10, I can encrypt the entire hard-drive with bitlocker. However, it makes some programs run too slowly. In fact, most of my hard-drive is not secret: these are just data files and documents that I intend to publish anyway. The only thing I can think of that is really secret is the file in which my browser keeps the passwords. For such a small file, it seems wasteful to encrypt an entire hard-drive. My questions are:

  1. Are there other parts of a standard Windows system that should be encrypted, besides the browser password file?

  2. What is an easy way to encrypt only those files, while keeping the rest of the hard-drive unencrypted and fast?

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    Most browsers encrypt the stored passwords for you as long as you set a master password.
    – Anders
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 14:15

1 Answer 1


Method 1:

  1. Right-click on the folder you want to encrypt and go to Properties

  2. On the General tab, click the Advanced button

  3. Under Compress and encrypt attributes section, click on Encrypt content to secure data encrypt files windows 10

  4. Click OK and close Properties window

  5. Apply changes to the folder, subfolders, and files when prompted That’s that, your folder is now encrypted and its text is shown in green color.


Method 2:

Use a tool to do it like Gilisoft File Lock Pro for example

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    This does not answer what should be encrypted. The OP states that all the user files are classed as public. Can you use your method on System32?
    – schroeder
    Commented Dec 14, 2018 at 13:52

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