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  • PA, a clients business uses PA 2000 (The Free Version) when it was around.

    To this day they still use it, I will be sending them CSV and MD5 Extracts containing confidential data via compress zip format.

    Now usually most people either have PA06/07, WinZip or Winrar. which are capable of reading AES256 Encryption. And this is the basic encryption I use to send data via email.

    However, as far as I can remember back in the day of PA 2000 you only had a basic password option.

    Can PA 2000 Read AES Encrypted files? and if so what type?

    I have tried to push them to purchase the latest version of PA. But they are managed by a rather old IT department who beleave upgrades are a curse :D.



  • Hi,

    The last free version of PowerArchiver (2001, v6.11) does not support aes encrypted zip files. ZIP AES Encryption Support was added in Version 9.00 (PowerArchiver 2004)…

    thanks,



  • Cheers NTFS,

    I knew someone would have an answer!

    Leaves me with a slight pickle! they also use office 2000 where I use 2003/07.

    I might send them a self extracting Encrypted File.



  • @Sir:

    I might send them a self extracting Encrypted File.

    Yes, I think .pae SFX is the best solution. Even AES ZIP encryption is not very strong. There are a lot of brute-force password recovery tools processing aes encrypted zips very fast (comparing for example to .rar 2.9 strong aes encryption)…


  • conexware

    @NTFS:

    Yes, I think .pae SFX is the best solution. Even AES ZIP encryption is not very strong. There are a lot of brute-force password recovery tools processing aes encrypted zips very fast (comparing for example to .rar 2.9 strong aes encryption)…

    zip aes 256bit = any aes 256bit… problem is that people use minimal passwords so it is easily bruteforced and sometimes they select aes 128bit, etc, etc…



  • @spwolf:

    zip aes 256bit = any aes 256bit… problem is that people use minimal passwords so it is easily bruteforced and sometimes they select aes 128bit, etc, etc…

    I just wanted to say that there are a lot of Legal password recovery utilities supporting aes zip…
    PowerArchiver’s PAE format is not so popular and not everyone will be able to easily crack the password…


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