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Using File Encryption
8. Click Next on the wizard welcome screen and then click Browse Folders
to specify the location of recovery.cer. It should now be in c:\ra\ if you
followed steps 4 and 5 correctly.
9. Click Yes on the screen informing you that Windows cannot determine if
this certificate has been revoked. Your window should now look similar
to Figure 18-11.
10. Click Next again, click Finish, and then you are done. The Recovery Agent
is now set up.
Figure 18-11: Add a Recovery Agent to Windows 8’s encrypted filesystem so you can
always access encrypted data.
It is very important to remove the other file, recovery.pfx, from C:\RA and burn
it to a CD or store it on a USB thumb drive. Then place the CD or USB thumb
drive in a safe or safety deposit box to ensure it does not get into the wrong
hands. If you ever need to decrypt your encrypted files, you will use recovery
.pfx. If anyone gets a hold of that file and can then guess your password, all
your files can be decrypted. That is why it is so important to remove that file
from your computer and put it in a very safe place.
If you ever have a need to decrypt your own files after losing access to them
for any reason, copy recovery.pfx back to any computer (one that you want to
decrypt your files on) and double-click it. Then go through the wizard to import
the certificate and enter your password when prompted. You will now be able
to access and decrypt any files you need.