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  • Data encryption software suggestions needed

    Hey all,

    I know little about these things, but I would like a program that does something like the following:

    I want to be able to encrypt a folder (and its contents) so that when it is encrypted, its not accessible (or even readable). But by typing in a PW or something, the folder is available and fully usable by my apps like Word, Media Players, music players, etc. seamlessly. I don't want to have to copy the data, or anything like that.

    I imagine something like this exists. I would prefer if it were free, but I'm willing to spend a few if necessary.

    Thanks!

    PS, this is WinXP.

    3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.

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    Re: Data encryption software suggestions needed

    PGP Desktop.

    You can create encrypted PGP "disks" which mount on your machine with a normal drive letter. Anything saved in that virtual "disk" is encrypted. You can lock/unlock those disks at will and they employ VERY STRONG encryption.
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    • #3
      Re: Data encryption software suggestions needed

      There's also truecrypt, an open source encrypted "disk" program.

      TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows XP/2000 and Linux

      It doesn't offer all the extra features of PGP Desktop, but if all you need is the encrypted "disk" feature then it's something to consider.

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      • #4
        Re: Data encryption software suggestions needed

        TrueCrypt is a good app too! I do prefer PGP Desktop, but I also use PGP a lot sending encrypted e-mails and files to various peoples, so it comes in handy.
        Diplomacy is the art of saying "good doggie" while looking for a bigger stick.

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        • #5
          Re: Data encryption software suggestions needed

          microsoft had private folder 1.0 out for a short time that I use. it is a simple password protect, it auto locks after x amount of nonuse, and is just another folder in your docs and settings. If you are interested, I can link to a download I host. the file is pretty small too.
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          • #6
            Re: Data encryption software suggestions needed

            Thanks for the suggestions. I went ahead with TrueCrypt. Works very nicely, and you can't beat the price! :D

            3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.

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