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Hello, We have a customer that needs PGP file encryption that can be transmitted over FTP.
Can you recommend a program that could successfully compete this transaction? We are not looking for automation, we just looking for a program that can be used for the encryption. Thanks for your replys in advance.

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Robo-FTP can do both the PGP and the FTP part of the job but you specifically said you were not looking for automation so that makes me think maybe you already considered Robo-FTP and want to try something different... so try this:  http://www.gnupg.org/

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What we really need is a program that will do the PGP encryption and allow us to share the key so the other end (customer) can decrypt the file. They have the automation at their end to push and pull the data between our system and theirs. Does that make more sense?
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If you just need it to be sure in transit how about sending it with SFTP or FTPS instead of FTP?  This way it will be encrypted as it passed across the network but decrypted automatically on the other side.
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From what we've found so far, that seems to be more difficult than the pgp file encryption. Is there an SFTP software that runs on Windows? Most of this stuff seems to run in Linux. None of us are Linux guys.
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The WinSCP client is good and free and does SFTP on Windows.  

FileZilla is free and can do SFTP but it can be tricky if you are using client keys instead of passwords for user authentication.  You can also use FileZilla for FTPS.

One side will need to be the client and the other side the server so talk to the other guys and see if they maybe already have a server set up and configured because, if they do, that might make the choice between SFTP and FTPS pretty easy since half the work is done.

Robo-FTP is really all about automation but I mention it again because it can do FTP, SFTP and FTPS and do PGP too if you want it.  If this is a task you do every day you'll eventually want to automate it.  You will spend almost 22 hours per year doing a task that only takes five minutes per work day and if its automated you won't have to worry about forgetting to do it.  So, depending on frequency, you might be spending more on a "free" GUI solution than an automated solution that costs money.  
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