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Windows 7: Securing a zip file

15 Feb 2012   #1
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Securing a zip file

I need to send, via email, some tax related files to my accountant ( doc, xls, pdf etc)

I thought the easiest way to do this, with some level of secrity/deterrent , would be to zip them and apply some security/encryption.

I currently have no zip software other than native Win 7 (send to compressed folder). Is there any recommended software that can get the job done easily with making the process to complicated. I am open to any commercial software as well.

I downloaded 7-zip Ver 9.2 but could not see any security.

Is WinZip still a good choice? I downloaded Winziip V16 64-bit ( but not WinZip courier just yet). So far I hate it. It doesnt remeber where my files are ( always need to drill down) and I cannot figure out yet how to password protect the zip files. Ver 4, circa 1990, was so much easier


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15 Feb 2012   #2
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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15 Feb 2012   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Just realise that no matter what you use, your accountant has to have the same software as you on his end to decrypt it, UNLESS the software you use has the option to save as a self extracting exe. (The "Create SFX" option on the dialog in Flatirons links). Course your accountant then has to be willing to accept an EXE file from you and run it on his local machine (Which if I were him I would never do)

Then you of course need to get a password to them outside the same email channel
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15 Feb 2012   #4
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 


Many thank s, but man is this ever frustrating. The screen shots in those links seem to refer to a different program !! ARGH !!!

When I create a zip file, and right click, what I see is per attached ( Ie all I can get to is the 7 zip file manager- which gives me no options) !!

I do NOT see this window at all:



I only see this:


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15 Feb 2012   #5
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Try looking under "Send To" on that context menu? They could have moved it there...
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15 Feb 2012   #6
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

From the first link above.
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To encrypt the final zip file during the compress process, you can simply highlight the files and folders you want to compress, right-click on any of those, and choose 7-Zip to Add to Archive.

Then in the Add to Archive dialog window, select the Archive format, put in the password, make sure the Encryption method set to AES-256 before pressing OK.

To encrypt a Zip file, you will need to right-click the file, go to 7-Zip, and choose Add to Archive. I would hope the program can encrypt directly to a zipped file without adding it to another compressed file but I guess there might be limitations there that prevent the program from encrypting it directly.
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15 Feb 2012   #7
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

The only wway I can get it to work is by leaving windows explorer (where I can see my files), going to Start / 7-Zip and drilling down back to where my files are. Totally not what I wanted.

Worse. when I create an encrpted file, it offers no protection on the zip file itself...its wide open for anyone to read the filenames within... it only prompts for a password when the file is clicked. Thats completely useless. I dont see any ability to set any options.

Hmm. any other program out ther that work? Not having any luck with Winzip or 7-Zip. Its 2012 ! It should not have to be this complicated. What ever happned to keeping this simple???
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15 Feb 2012   #8
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

With older version of Winzip, it was a breeze. I used to be able to select files, create a zip, add a password, done. Thats all I am after but I am striking out big time.
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15 Feb 2012   #9
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
Try looking under "Send To" on that context menu? They could have moved it there...
Thanks, but nope - nothing there.


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15 Feb 2012   #10
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've used AxCryp before and know it works.

Axantum Software AB | AxCrypt | File Encryption Software
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