Encrypt a file for email

Posted on 2012-09-01
Last Modified: 2012-09-10
Hello Experts,

I want a simple to use application where I can encrypt OR password protect a file to send via email.  I also would like it so the user on the otherside does NOT require any software but just the key or password.

I will be sending text, pdf, excel and word documents.

Any simple solutions?
Question by:tucktech
    LVL 18

    Expert Comment

    by:Sushil Sonawane
    PDF, Word, and excel have the feature to password protect a file.

    For Word and excel password protectation please refer below link


    For PDF

    LVL 6

    Expert Comment

    just use win zip or win rar all free, and when you zip them select zip with password

    so the only way the other party can open it , is with the password you created the zip file with
    LVL 33

    Expert Comment

    by:Dave Howe
    Note that WinRar and WinZip (while there are trial versions that are effectively free if you aren't fussy about the law) are commerical software.

    I would suggest that you use you use instead. With 7z, you can

    a) create a self extracting archive (so no software needed at all, you just run the SXE and it prompts for the password)

    b) use AES@256 bit, the highest grade encryption available in any archiving product.

    And its free :)

    Accepted Solution

    I ended up using

    to print to a file that allows users to create a PDF and to put a password in the print advance options.

    It makes it simple and the user receiving the documents does not require anything but adobe reader.

    Author Closing Comment

    Some of the suggestions required to much involvement or download.  Simpo was easy and free.

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