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MacKeeper Data Encryptor
- How to encrypt and decrypt files using the Data Encryptor feature
- How to find encrypted files after removing or upgrading MacKeeper
Data Encryptor is a tool in MacKeeper version 3.23.4 and lower that allows users with a valid license to securely encrypt private files with a password. These files can then be stored either on the Mac’s hard disk, on a mounted volume on the hard disk, or on an external device where they can only be opened with a MacKeeper version with the Data Encryptor feature.
The latest version of MacKeeper does not have the Data Encryptor feature, so it is very important that you decrypt any files encrypted with Data Encryptor before you upgrade to the latest version of MacKeeper. This tutorial will show you how to encrypt and decrypt files using the Data Encryptor feature.
If you have already upgraded to the newest version of MacKeeper and you would like to access files that you have encrypted, please see the going back to an earlier version of MacKeeper tutorial on how to install a previous version of MacKeeper with Data Encryptor. You will then be able to decrypt your files before upgrading to the newest version of MacKeeper.
How to encrypt and decrypt files using the Data Encryptor feature
- Step 1. To encrypt a file using the Data Encryptor feature in MacKeeper, open the earlier version of the MacKeeper application.
- Step 2. On the left-hand side of the application, find the Data Encryptor feature in the panel and click on it.
- Step 3. If it is your first time opening the Data Encryptor feature, you will see a blue button that says Set Up Data Encryptor; click on this button to open the feature. If it is not your first time opening the feature, please go to step 4.
- Step 4. You will then be prompted to create a password—create your password and then click the button that says Set Up Your Password. This password will be used to encrypt and decrypt your files with Data Encryptor. It’s very important that you remember your password. If you’ve already created a password but are unable to remember it, there is nothing that we can do to help you decrypt your files. The security of the feature requires you to remember the password that you used to encrypt your files.
- Step 5. To encrypt a file, click on the Add button and then click on the Encrypt button.
- Step 6. Alternatively, you can drag a file into the Data Encryptor panel of the MacKeeper application, where you’ll be prompted to select a file encryption type, enter a password, and click the OK button.
- Step 7. To hide and encrypt the file, click on the file you would like to hide and encrypt and then click on the Hide button in the bottom of the screen.
- Step 8. To decrypt a file, click on the file in the list and then click on the Unhide button.
How to find encrypted files after removing or upgrading MacKeeper
Since the new version of MacKeeper does not have Data Encryptor, you must download the older version of MacKeeper with Data Encryptor to access encrypted files. To get the older version of MacKeeper, please follow the going back to an earlier version of MacKeeper tutorial.
- Step 1. Open the older version of MacKeeper, and then open the Data Encryptor feature on the left side of the panel.
- Step 2. If you are presented with a login screen, please log in with your original encryption password and skip to step 4. If you see the Data Encryptor setup screen, then click on the Set Up Data Encryptor button.
- Step 3. When prompted to create a password, create the same password that you used to encrypt your files originally and then click the button that says Set Up Password.
- Step 4. Next click on the Locate Lost Items button in the bottom of the screen.
- Step 5. You must find the location where the files were encrypted; when you find it, click on the file and then click the Open button.
- Step 6. The encrypted file will be located at the top of the screen. Select the encrypted file by clicking on it before clicking on the Unhide button at the bottom of the screen to decrypt your file.
Congratulations! If you have made it this far, you have successfully decrypted your file.