PGP file encryption

Can PGP be used to encrypt a directory and its contents in one go?
I would like to use a web baed service to upload some work, but use PGP to encrypt it all first.
RDP789Asked:
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harley47Commented:
Yes and you can encrypt email also if you want to.
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RDP789Author Commented:
Thanks Harley47 - How do you do this?
RDP789
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gothickCommented:
(I'm assuming that you're using a Windows platform.)

With the latest PGP software (PGP 6) you will get an additional entry on the menu that pops up when you right-click on a directory.  You can choose "PGP->encrypt" from that menu, and PGP will recursively encrypt every file in that directory (it will leave the original files there too).  Of course, you'll still have a lot of individual files, so you might want to consider doing something like using WinZip to archive everything in the directory into a single zip file and then encrypt that using PGP.

PGP also comes with a utility called "PGPDisk", which creates a PGP encrypted file which you can access just like a disk drive, so you could create a PGP Disk, copy whatever files and directories you want into it, and then send that somewhere.  There are two disadvantages to that, though: 1) the PGPDisk file size must be set on creation, and can only be resized later manually, and 2) it uses a non-public key encryption method, so if you send it to someone else you will have to tell them the passphrase which can decrypt it.

As for encypting e-mail, PGP comes with plug-ins for a lot of popular mail clients (Outlook, Eudora, etc.), so if you use one of those clients, after installing PGP and the plug-in you only have to click on a new "encrypt this mail" icon which will appear in your mail software in order to encrypt the message.

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harley47Commented:
Well it seems gothick to back to you before I did.  the early bird gets the worm.

Bill :)
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gothickCommented:
Bill: I think that was a team effort, and besides, I learned a couple of things about PGP in the process of answering the question.  I'll post a question for you for half the original point value in this area.
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harley47Commented:
Don't worry about it I'm just here to help and learn some new stuff the points aren't important.

I do appreciate the offer.
Bill
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