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Question- First Attempt at Encryption


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#1 chiiibill

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 02:54 PM

Would like to secure only a handful of files and folders by encrypting them on a flash drive containing gigs of data.

 

Two questions-

 

1) Is a program like veracrypt overkill for my needs?

 

2) Would 7-zip be sufficient? Not sure if this is supposed to happen- I encrypted a file with 7-zip but the original unencrypted file still remained alongside the encrypted one. Is that to be expected? do I just delete or shred it?

 

Thanks.

 

 



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:04 PM

What do you plan to do with the files? For example, will you edit them regularly?


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:11 PM

1) No, Veracrypt is very good at encrypting a "container file" that would hold your file and folders. You can also encrypt the whole drive.

 

You could do the same with 7zip but it would not be as convenient as Veracrypt. It would also not be as secure. Setting up a container file on a USB flash drive is a fairly simple process.

 

The main disadvantage of Veracrypt is it needs to be installed on the computer you are accessing the flash drive from. Using 7zip would allow you to use it on any computer.

 



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for the quick replies (and video).

 

The files are a combination of contact info (phone, email, etc) for family & friends, some work data...unfinished reports, family pics.

Some, like the work files, will be edited others won't.

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 04:26 PM

I would recommend you keep your data in two locations. If the device this data is on fails you have another to fall back on.



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 05:02 PM

I would recommend you keep your data in two locations. If the device this data is on fails you have another to fall back on.

 

Noted. Thanks.



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 10:03 PM

Happy with Veracrypt. Thanks for the assists.

 

Curious how programs like Ciphershed, Safehouse and My Lockbox compare?

 

Anyone try these others?

 

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 06:27 AM

 

 

2) Would 7-zip be sufficient? Not sure if this is supposed to happen- I encrypted a file with 7-zip but the original unencrypted file still remained alongside the encrypted one. Is that to be expected? do I just delete or shred it?

 

Thanks.

 

 

There is an option to 'delete file after compression', which will delete the original if desired...


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