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You can avoid all this by putting the information in a zip file that is compressed with a password. It's less secure than the above but usually good enough. You can also put it in a Word document and save that with a password. This is less secure still but very easy.
To get the password to your client, just use the phone.
Actually those are both *significantly* less secure. (Word in particular.)
What about the encryption built inot Outlook Express under tools... options... security? Doesn't that work ok?
What ever happened to PGP? I know it was bought, discontinued then restarted. Has it been discontinued again?
Outlook and Outlook Express's security works fine, I'm sure. But it's not compatible, that I'm aware of, with other mailers or with GPP/PGP. The Outlook/OE solution has you purchasing digital certificates from Verisign, and using those to encrypt and/or sign your email.
PGP still exists, but they're also not free any more. GPG is a compatible, free, opensource alternative.
Just a typo...
"meaning that an authorized person gets a copy,"
I presume that you mean an UNauthorized person.
and a comment...
At the end of the day, your client could toss the data on a CD and hand it to the nice FedEx/UPS/Mail person.
Sensitive data is only as secret as the trust you put in the transfer medium.
Thanks on the typo. Fixed.
And yes, you raise a recurring theme that applies to any and all computers and data: if it's not physically serure - it's not secure.
I don't know why, but I couldn't get Command Prompt to recognise 'gpg --gen-key'. I went to their sight(GnuPG) and non of the links that it looked like I needed to use seemed to work. I tryed for a long time too. Whats Up? I am new but I'm not totally brain dead... I hope. What am I doing wrong? I have been trying to work out this mail thing for way to long of a time. Hours of wasted time just going around in circles. Big Brother won't let us have private mail anymore? I am getting real bugged at Big Brother!
You need to make sure that the directory that GPG.EXE is installed in is in your PATH, or if you don't know what that is, make sure that you CD (Change Directoru) to that directory. For example:
CD "\program files\gnupg"
if that's where the program is located, and then the gpg command should work from there.
Note the dire warning about making sure you know who's key you're dealing with. There are ways to confirm and avoid this message, but for now to keep things simple, we'll simply note that the Primary Key fingerprint listed here matches the fingerprint that was listed when you created the key, and answer "Yes".
How do I avoid the message?
Hi, can I avoid the message "It is NOT certain that the key belongs to the person named in the user ID. If you *really* know what you are doing, you may answer the next question with yes.
" on encrypt?
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