Email Encryption - An Easy and Cheap Method
9/16/2018 - Optimized for Firefox 62.0 (Quantum)
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You can use WinZip 9 (or above?) to encrypt anything and have any user of a (modern
version of) Windows will be able to decrypt it withOUT having a copy of WinZip 9.
ZIP files (named *.zip) are compressed files.
HOW TO ENCRYPT AND COMPRESS YOUR DATAThere are faster methods to accomplish this, but here is
one method of encrypting data to send to someone:
1] Open WinZip 9
Select a LOCATION and a NAME for your zip file
(let's assume that you name it: "my-data.zip".
ADD (Add all files that you wish to encrypt)
Enter password: pick-a-good-password
Re-enter Password: pick-a-good-password
CHECK Mask password (probably the default)
CHECK Zip 2.0 compatible encryption (portable) (the DEFAULT)
You can now attach the "your-file-name.zip" file to an email and
send it to any user of a Windows XP / Windows 2003 OR LATER
(this may work for MAC users, but I don't know if it will).
NOTE - Some email systems remove .zip files from emails - this is
now rare, but possible.
If this happens, try renaming your your-file-name.zip
to just your-file-name (NO suffix), and attach this file.
DECRYPTING AND UNCOMPRESSING THE ZIP FILE ATTACHMENT
What to tell the person who receives your encrypted zip fileI am attaching an ENCRYPTED ZIP file, ".zip"
I CALL YOU AND GIVE YOU THE PASSWORD NEEDED to Decrypt the file
(or put it in a second email) - DO NOT send the password
in the same email to which you are attaching the encrypted file.
A] Save it in a known location ( I assume that you have a Windows OS on your computer?)
B] Double-click the "my-data.zip" file - it will ask
1] Where to put the contents
2] For the Required PASSWORD
IF YOU SENT AN ENCRYPTED GIF OF A SCANNED DOCUMENT:
C] You will end up with a .GIF file
D] Read/Open the GIF file with your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox,...)
E] Print the GIF file - it is the Booking form
SENDING ENCRYPTED "FAXES" OVER VoIPMost FAX machines will not work over VoIP (Vonage, Time-Warner
Digital phone, Skype, etc.).
You can, however, scan your document and save it as a .GIF file. Then
Zip and (optionally) Encrypt the GIF file and send it via email.