7846: Acronis Internet Security Suite 2010: File Vault

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The File Vault module keeps your data safe and confidential

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Description

File encryption of Acronis Internet Secuirty Suite 2010 enables you to create encrypted, password-protected logical drives (or File Vaults) on your computer where you can securely store your data. The data stored on the vaults can only be accessed by users who know the password.

The password allows you to open, store data on and close a vault while maintaining its security. While a vault is open, you can add new files, access current files or change them.

Physically, the vault is a file stored on the local hard drive having the .bvd extension. Although the physical files representing the vaulted drives can be accessed from a different operating system (such as Linux), the information stored on them cannot be read because it is encrypted.

Creating a File Vault

  • In Windows Explorer, open any partition, right-click on the blank space and select Acronis Internet Security Suite File Vault -> Create File Vault:

    Alternatively, you can create a vault by clicking  on the Encryption -> File Encryption tab in the Expert mode.

  • Click Browse or type in the path to where the .bvd file will be stored. Provide a password that you will use to access the vault. Set the vault size. Make sure the Format Drive box is checked (this will format the drive space assigned to the vault):

  • Click Create.

    This will create the .bvd file that you will use to keep your data encrypted.

Opening a File Vault

  • In Windows Explorer, browse to the .bvd file, right-click on it and select Open:

    Alternatively, you can open the vault by selecting File Vault -> View File Vault in the Intermediate mode, or by clicking  on the Encryption -> File Encryption tab in the Expert mode.

  • Type in your password and click Open:

    The vault will be displayed as a new drive in Windows Explorer:

    Once the vault is open, you can edit the files there, delete, create or copy new ones.

Locking a File Vault

  • In Windows Explorer, right-click on the open vault and select Acronis Internet Security Suite File Vault -> Lock:

    Alternatively, you can lock the vault by selecting File Vault -> Lock File Vault in the Intermediate mode, or by clicking  on the Encryption -> File Encryption tab in the Expert mode.

    Once the vault is locked, it will disappear from Windows Explorer.

Changing File Vault's password

  • In Windows Explorer, browse to the .bvd file, right-click on it and select Acronis Internet Security Suite File Vault -> Change Vault Password...:

    Alternatively, you can change the password by clicking  on the Encryption -> File Encryption tab in the Expert mode.

  • Type in the current password, and then the new password and click OK:

Copying, moving, or deleting a File Vault

Since a vault is an encrypted .bvd file which stores all the data that you save to the vault, you can copy or move the file to a different location.

Should you decide to delete the vault, simply delete the respective .bvd file.

More information

See also Acronis Internet Security Suite 2010: IM Encryption.

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