How do I encrypt my data on my computer?

Question

I have Win XP Home and Quicken 4 and I want to encrypt the Quicken data on my computer and encrypt the backup data too. How do I know which files to select to encrypt and will the program work normally if the files are encrypted. I know Win XP Pro comes with an encryption option but I have Home. I downloaded an encryption program but couldn't figure out how to proceed. The program made another drive partition on my hard drive for the encrypted files. Will Quicken be able to access this info? I want to add this level of security since there is sensitive financial data on my computer and I don't want to have it exposed. I have Zone Alarm Pro, Spybot, Adaware and Norton antivirus that I keep updated always, but I don't want to take a chance on my personal financial data being hacked. I love Quicken , Turbo Tax and the ease and convenience of access from home. Any suggestions?

Answer

This question was answered on April 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

XP Home edition may be able to support Quicken 4 I would upgrade my operating system to XP Professional This could handle your new software Also you would have programs like "excel", and "access", and "power point" You don't have these programs with your current XP Home edition Windows XP Professional not Windows XP Home Edition, allows you to encrypt your files and folders for added security of sensitive data against theft or intrusion

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Posted by Raymond of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 23, 2004