How to use Encryption
For strong encryption of data, use one of the following technologies (or a combination of each):
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate to encrypt the message. It helps secure online end-to-end messaging.
PGP (pretty Good Privacy) encryption to help secure emails.
Ddigital Certificate (e.g., VeriSign) to ensure authentication of the data, and provide privacy against eavesdroppers. VeriSign is good for authentication, encryption and digital signing.
E-mail encryption to digitally sign electronic documents.
To use strong encryption for data, consider buying or downloading online a software program that already has the encrypted data stream. Here are 5 of the more popular encryption programs: (1) MEO Encryption Software 1.1 (Freeware), (2) Dekart Private Disk Light 1.2 (Freeware), (3) Emsa EZ Encryption Tool 1.0 (Freeware), (4) Comodo Disk Encryption (CDE) (Freeware) and, (5) High Power Encryption 4.0 (Shareware) $39.95.
For Mac users, give either MEO's "Free" Data Encryption Software a try, or consider Kremlin for MacOS (Shareware) $29.95. Before buying it, check out the reviews: "Kremlin Security Suite Review."
For Windows 7 users, there's EFS and BitLocker to encrypt and protect data.
There are many more software programs available for encrypting email messages and data files; just ensure you "Choose Encryption Wisely."
Best Advice: For an overall secure way to safeguard data, use strong encryption (i.e., use either SafeBit, TrueCrypt, or Dekart Disk Encryption) and digital signature technology. And, when needing to secure e-mails, use an email encryption program.
To use encryption for emails, before sending email, select "Encrypt" from the security options menu. The data will be sent from the sender to the receiver who will be able to open, view, and read the message only if they hold on to a shared public or private cryptographic key.
What's needed for strong encryption for data is...
- to set up a secure messaging system (use email encryption)
- to set up file encryption (use F-Secure FileCrypto)
- to secure transactions (use SSL encryption)
Note: Microsoft Office 2007 includes built-in encryption for single-user or for group distribution.
Also, for those people who want or need to encrypt ZIP files, there's SecureZIP.