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    Password-protect text file

    What is that best way to password protect or encrypt a text file that is on my laptop? If I loose my laptop, I don't want anyone to be able to retreive the data that is in that file. I want something with high security. Not something that can be easily hacked such as using the "save with password" feature in Microsoft Word.

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    i use truecrypt with pre-boot authentication.

    for lighter purposes, truecrypt with a volume-in-a-file is probably the way to go. this lets you create an encrypted virtual hard drive that's actually a file on your hard drive. to get at the file, you just mount the hard drive and enter your password. when you're done, you dismount the hard drive.

    encryption doesn't get much stronger than what truecrypt offers.
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    The best way is to zip it with strong password. Encrypt filenames too.

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    Agree with above. I compress files with zip or rar and then set a password

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    Thanks. I decided to go with 7-zip since I already use it that as my compression utility. Now I learned that it can encrypt the zip files with AES-256 strong encryption which I hear is what the government uses. So if it is good enough for the government, it is good enough for me.

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    I use a really simple program called SensiGuard file encryption software. Just click a file to lock (encrypt) or unlock (decrypt). Much easier than True Crypt.


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