How to Encrypt Passwords in VBS Files (4 Steps)

By Lindsay Howell

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Virtual Basic Script is a file format utilized by the Windows operating systems and the Internet Explorer browser. View and edit VBS files in text-editing applications such as Microsoft Word and Notepad. If the VBS file contains sensitive information, such as passwords, use the Windows Encrypting File System, which is built into Windows operating systems, to encrypt the file and protect it from unauthorized use.

Step 1

Click on the Windows Explorer icon located in the taskbar of your desktop; browse to the file folder where your VBS files are stored.

Step 2

Right-click on the VBS file that you want to encrypt; click the "Properties" option.

Step 3

Select the "Advanced Attributes" dialogue box within the VBS file's properties. Click the "General" tab and select "Advanced."

Step 4

Check the box that is labeled "Encrypt Contents" to enable encryption of the file. Click "OK" to save the changes you made to the VBS file, then click "Apply" to encrypt the VBS file.