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    Encryption options?

    I'm looking for file encryption software that will work across different platforms. I use Windows (both 2K and XP) and Linux (ass't flavors, Ubuntu right now primarily). All I need is a basic app to encrypt a few sensitive files I'd keep on a thumbdrive.

    I played with ccrypt a while back and it seemed ok. I'm thinking PGP and GnuPG are a bit of overkill, but it might behoove me to start picking up on these pkg's.

    Any suggestions?
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    PGP and GnuPG are definitely crossplatform.. Added bonus: you can encrypt and/or sign your email too
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    If I use PGP and GnuPG, will I be able to encrypt and unencrypt files in either using the same keys? I've got a licensed copy of PGP 6.5.2 that would run on W2K. I'd probably use GnuPG for XP and Linux. Obviously, I run a number of computers.
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    I advise going for GnuPG for all the computers - after all, it's free, and you might as well use the same application on all your computers. And yes, your key should work on all the systems. Although I think you can bypass using keys and just enter a password/-phrase to encypt/decrypt each time.

    Read up on it here - that document should be helpful..

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    You may want to check this first:

    Flaw makes GnuPG crypto vulnerable


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    The current version, 1.4.2.2 should be fine. I assume that the Globe and Mail article was from today??? No date on it.

    Generally, GPG will require that you create a certificate (self-signed) and back it up off the machine. You can set up storage for the certs/keys in a firebox or other safe location so you can retrieve the data later if something breaks.

    It does make good sense, as J_K9 suggests, to stick with one product, and GPG is free. It works very well.

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    Truecrypt

    Truecrypt supports *nix since version 4. I use it for a long time on Windows boxes so I'd guess it is good for Linux too.
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    matousec, If you notice the flashing dates... the last post on this thread was over 2 months ago im pretty sure by this point they have their issue solved. Take a look at the AO FAQ and welcome! Enjoy your stay.
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    Originally posted here by brokencrow
    If I use PGP and GnuPG, will I be able to encrypt and unencrypt files in either using the same keys? I've got a licensed copy of PGP 6.5.2 that would run on W2K. I'd probably use GnuPG for XP and Linux. Obviously, I run a number of computers.
    Yes, as long as you are using the same encryption algorithms and the proper key.

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