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    SecureZIP - free

    From the makers of the venerable PKZip comes a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version of SecureZIP.

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>... they're about 10 years behind the pack in coming up with a freebie. After a decade to think about it, I'd have thought they might be able to get their spam -> e-mail address collection right. I've tried submitting 2 addresses, with no luck. Maybe I'll wait till 2017 and try again.

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> I used my "Spam" junk mail E-Mail address (read, e-mail address I created on yahoo.com for situations like this).

    After putting in the E-Mail address, I received a link to download the program. After installation, I had to register the program providing First Name, Last Name, Home or Office Use, and E-Mail address. Set a temporary Yahoo.Com e-mail filter to capture all e-mail from securezip.com to a temp folder. Otherwise the main filter kicks in, all incoming e-mail goes to trash folder. I will see how much spam they provide.

    Like the self extraction features and .rar capabilities. Will play with the program on some other projects, but so far so good.
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Downloaded and working. Had a little trouble initially getting http://SecureZip.com to download the program - could be the server was busy.

    So far, so good <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Well, since it doesn't like me, and the site provides no info, could you give a rundown? In particular, does it simlpy produce a self-extracting .zip, as a password-protected .EXE attachment? I've found so many cases where executable attachments are routinely stripped from e-mails, as to make the method rather useless in today's "filtered" environment.

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> Was not exactly sure what you wanted <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    So ....
    <big><big>THE TEST ! ! ! ! </big></big> <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

    Using SecureZIP, I created a TWO zip files using default values in "Standard" mode. The files were a mixture of text, MS Office Files, Video (small file), Audio (small file), and an executable (SpyBot 1.4 installer). The only difference between the two files, one was encrypted with a password and the other was not. In other words, contents of the zip file were the same except for password protecting one of the zip files.

    I then created a self extracting file for each - again using default values with one exception: I added the destination of where I wanted the files to be extracted to. C:TempDelTest1 for encrypted self extracting zip file. C:TedmpDelTest2 non-encrypted self extracting zip file.

    I used Outlook to create an individual test message for each exe zip file and sent to three of my accounts: ISP account, independent yahoo account, and a GMail.Com account.

    My theory was the ISP account will receive and send back to me via their mail server. I have ZoneAlarm and Norton Virus protection on my computer as well as whatever the ISP Mail Server has. Outlook used the ISP Mail server to send and receive e-mails, The independent yahoo account is accessed via FireFox and attachments are individually downloaded thus, scanned by yahoo mail server and my PC. GMail - frankly I have no idea what protection they are using and thought a good test media. GMail account is accessed via FireFox.

    NOTE:ISP and Yahoo (Yahoo Plus) account's are paid accounts. GMail is the free account.

    I received the e-mails in all cases except for the GMail Account (still waiting after 5 hours as of this writing). Both the ISP and Yahoo Plus accounts I could extract the exe zip attachment and execute the self extracting files (Encrypted and non-encrypted).

    I repeated the test by logging into the Yahoo Plus account and sending similar E-Mails with same attachments to all three accounts. Again, no problems for the ISP and Yahoo Plus accounts. Still waiting on the GMail account,

    Finally, I sent a test message from a Free Yahoo account to the three accounts mentioned above for the encrypted self extracting zip file. I had to create a new encrypted self extracting file with just SpyBot 1.4 installer to keep the attachment size down. The Yahoo Plus and ISP accounts received e-mail and was able to execute the attachment. Again, waiting on the GMail account.

    The problem with my GMail account could be a limiting size factor on size of attachments or not. I8 don't have the time to check into that just yet.

    Bottom line, program seems to work great, with and without encryption.

    Does this answer the question or <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> ???
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Thanks Scott. It sounds like what I thought, but I fail to see what's new in using that method. I still avoid attaching .EXEs (of any kind) to e-mails, because of all the nanny filtering that goes on, supposedly "for your own good".

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    I'm surprised you didn't get an email back from your Gmail account letting you know that exe are not accepted. It should have bounced it back to you.

    I once came into work one Saturday to do some "catch up" work (the only time in 9 years) and had a 2GB inbox. I had my work email forwarding new email to my Gmail account (we didn't have web mail at that time). A co-worker had sent a file, which happened to be a self extracting zip. The message got forwarded to me Gmail account. Gmail then bounced the message back to me - with the attachment. The message, since it was considered new, was sent back to the Gemail account. It looped like this 900 times between 5pm and 9am the next day.

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Frankly, I am surprised to. As of today, I still have not received the test e-mails or a message. I have since sent a couple of plain jane messages and they came through fine.

    I have sent help desk a message asking for help/explainations.
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    In general, I avoid attaching .exe to e-mails as well. However for personal uses, I have several family members that are in late 70's and 80's. When I need to send a series of pictures, I put them in a self-extracting zip file so all they have to do is double click the "paperclip".

    My proudest moment is when I taught my 85 year young Aunt to use a new computer I got for her. She has managed to complete an introductory course in MS Word, and can send and receive e-mails from home or away (as she is now at her younger son's place).
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    I just ran my own test and got the following within Outlook when I tried sending an EXE file to my Gmail account.
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Ya know.... although I have found some freebies that are worth something, e.g., Spybot Search & Destroy, CCleaner, and a few others, I have found over the years that you normally get what you pay for. Re: compression programs, after trying out many both free and pay, I ended up buying WinRAR. It's a one-time cost and lifetime upgrades thereafter. It works better than most in every aspect of what these programs are supposed to do. And what I like most is the ability to choose between .rar or .zip format. Doubtless, it all comes down to what works best for your needs. And WinRAR fulfills that need for me wonderfully. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Renaming files to .txt or other ambiguous file types that are accepted by mail filters is an easy way around prohibited file types <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    Some of the new filters are smarter, they look inside the file to see what is there, so changing the "last three" may not work all the time.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: SecureZIP - free

    ::shakes fist angrily at filters::

    I know for a fact it works with GMail; any examples where it doesn't work?
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