|From||Steven Dubnoff <email@example.com>|
|Subject||Re: st: Protecting data sets|
|Date||Thu, 05 Jan 2006 12:19:39 -0800|
You might consider using a file compression application that has the ability to password protect your files as a first step. You should be able to decompress and change the password at any time and you would receive the additional benefit of smaller file sizes for storage. I use Winzip (http://www.winzip.com), but I'm sure that there are a number of other applications out there for Windows and other OS's.Anyone using the encryption in zip files should be aware that they are quite vulnerable to brute force attacks. A five or six character single case key can be broken a matter of seconds. If you use zip files chose passwords that use mixed case letters and special characters, not susceptible to dictionary attacks and are at least ten bytes long.