Any free security programs that provide some level of security?

Posted on 2007-10-15
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I don't need the high level of security of GPG and frankly don't want to waste the time testing it on a shared virtual private server, since I had a major problem with PGP.  And I don't need
such high security anyway.  But I don't want to go so low as a WinZip pasword.

Does anyone know of any programs which are in between PGP and WinZip for security?  And free?


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cpottercpotter earned 600 total points
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It's clearly a great product.  But I am not looking for anything so robust.

I intend to use a Virtual Private Server, and had a problem with shared memory using PGP.  I really don't have time to test this configuration unless you say it will work on a VPS.

I'm looking for something more lightweight, but not so lame as WinZip.

What's your second (or third) choice?

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Plus I can not even download it without a PGP Signature.  I'm not looking for this level of security.
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KCTS earned 400 total points
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Are ypou lookling for something to protect files on your network or files sent by email or both, I', not sure from your question exactly what you are trying to secure.

I'f were talking about locally stored files then at the risk of pointing out the obvious have you considered EFS encryption which is provided by the OS?

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I have not heard of EFS encryption before.  It might be what I need.

TrueCrypt is clearly a great program.  But it's too slow for something I want to be a modest deterrant only.

How do I use EFS encryption?

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does it work for directories?  Am I locked into certain file types only?

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If I encrypt a file on a machine with FAT32, can I decrypt it on an NTFS machine?

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mpeacockbc earned 400 total points
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if you are looking for a simple implementation and you are using MS Windows 2003 Svr, then why not just setup the user rights on the files/folders? that way your logon authentication will take care of the access.
I also agree with KCTS, and enable EFS as well.

Just my 2c.

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I want to transfer the directory via FTP and want it secure in transmission.  I don't really care once I am on the desktop since it's a private server and no one will be there but me.

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PowerIT earned 600 total points
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Then you will have to setup SFTP (secure FTP, using SSL).
Like I already answered you in this question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Encryption/Q_22880362.html
Why do you ask again? Is there something you don't understand.
I'm also thinking about the other question about encryption you asked. Where I asked what exactly you need.
I'm under the impression that you are confused about something in securtiy, encryption, ... but it's not clear to me.
So just shoot and try to explain more detailed what you are trying to accomplish.


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