SafeGuard LAN Crypt Client - Renaming or moving directories with SafeGuard LAN Crypt.

  • Article ID: 107358
  • Updated: 28 Sep 2010

SafeGuard LAN Crypt v 3.13 and above.

Important: SafeGuard LAN Crypt Client version 3.13 retires on September, 30th 2010. We recommend to update your version as soon as possible – for further information please contact your Sophos sales representative.

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP

Server OS



When files and folders are moved or renamed, why does SafeGuard LAN Crypt not encrypt them according to the profile?


As of version 3.x for performance reasons the following applies: when you move complete directories within the same drive using Windows Explorer, SafeGuard LAN Crypt does not modify the encryption status. This means that if renaming or moving a directory, no encryption, decryption or re-cryption is made.

e.g. from C:\Management to C:\Sales

If the files were encrypted, they stay encrypted in the new location under the new directory name. If the user owns the respective key, he can work with these files as usual.

Moving over SafeGuard LANCrypt

However, SafeGuard LAN Crypt itself supports the secure moving of files and directories. When moving files over SafeGuard LAN Crypt, if required, the files and directories are encrypted, decrypted or re-crypted according to the current encryption rules at the new storage location. Afterwards, the source files are securely deleted.

This function is accessible using the command Move over SGLC from the Windows Explorer context menu. By means of a dialogue, you can select where the files are to be moved to.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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