Encryption and password protection at front look quite similar but in reality are quite different. They both use a password to access files/folders but the depth of protection in either of them is completely different.

Password protection:

This process is a refined yet convenient form of security that acts as a barrier between you and the intruders. The process includes a few steps and isn’t that complicated. For example, if you want to turn the protection on for a file, you do it by either built-in password protection technique or by an external protection tool.

Built-in technique:

Go on the properties of the file and tap on ‘sharing’. Moving on, tap on the ‘make this folder private’.

Tap on ‘apply’ which would launch a prompt window. Here, you need to create a password twice.

Make sure you do not set your password too easy to guess as if you do, your entire efforts would be useless.

External protection software:

A lot of tools and software have provided such feature on how to encrypt data for password protecion and has made the life a whole lot easier. In this option, you are not bound to follow all the tiring steps as mentioned in the built-in technique, and only need to just open the software and drag all the files/folders into its password protection feature. If however, drag and drop isn’t available, you would have to manually select all the files from the software’s interface to password protect them.

Encryption:

Highlight the folder/file you want to protect, and tap on its properties

A lot of tabs would be opened once you do step 1

Here, you would see the ‘advanced’ option where you need to select or tick the option of ‘encrypt content to secure data’

Moving on, you tap on ‘apply’ and finally ‘ok’

External protection tool:

Encryption software regardless of which brand you use prevents all those snoopers and intruders from attacking your system. But not all the encryption software are up to the task. For example, encryption had three top working algorithms that with the passage of time, lost their credibility.

Blowfish, twofish and the recent AES 256 bit encryption. The former two versions aren’t any more trustable and are toward the end of their life cycle. This happened as one way or the other, those two were breached and were no longer trusted. AES 256 bit encryption however stands tall with less or no loophole(s). Till date, it hasn’t been breached and isn’t supposed to be breached anytime sooner.

The difference (between password protection and encryption)

The major difference is that in password protection, your hide & lock your folders and files only from the previous location but are still reachable/traceable through the database of your system. Your password protected files won’t exist where they were before (which makes you think you’re good to go) but in reality, they are still in the system ready to be accessed with a bit of an effort.

Encryption however doesn’t work like this at all. Its latest version (256 bit) is quite trustable. When you encrypt a file, all the data that was once into meaningful form would go from being meaningful to meaningless. It would shape a raw form of data which known as data being encrypted. The only way one could access the file is by decrypting it using the designated password.

In fact, no person no matter how smart he or she may be can access your protected file as it is not possible in any condition. Hence, a password is being used in either version of security, but both aren’t breach-able from the backend.

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