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"That made me realize that there are probably many people out there who think their files are safe as long as their Windows password isn't compromised even if the disc is not encrypted."

Of course they assume it. Partly also because windows tells you, if you loose your password, you can no longer access your account, which is bs and they know it and tell you only for "felt Security".

And encryption ... What is that?




Are you sure Windows is not showing you that message because you enabled encryption in your account? They encryption key is itself encrypted with your password, so the warning makes sense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encrypting_File_System


Yes, very sure, because I recently had to "crack" several non encrypted Windows 10 PC's. And that message amused/angered me very much when it was 5 min work to prove that message wrong.




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