How to encrypt compressed files the easy way from Windows, macOS, or Linux

Learn to secure multiple documents by encrypting compressed files on various OSes using a password.

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When considering how to share data efficiently, cloud storage has a leg up on hardware by making it easy to share files and folders with users across the globe with a few clicks. Because the data is only transmitted from server to client provides little impact on bandwidth for the sender and recipient. But storing data on the cloud is not the most secure practice since that data is effectively placed in the hands of a third party.

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This is especially true of data that is sensitive or confidential in nature. The trade-off is that this type of data should be shared directly between those who require access to it and no one else. By using compressed file types, such as ZIP, a sender can place multiple documents, including entire directories, together and compress them as a single file making it easy to share, while using strong algorithms to encrypt the contents based on a password that only the recipients will know.

While this technology has existed for decades,

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Second stimulus check for $1,200? Here’s the status of new government proposal

Washington is already working on a second round of stimulus payments for US taxpayers.


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Will there be another coronavirus stimulus check this year? Here’s the latest development. This past Friday, the US House of Representatives¬†voted to pass a second coronavirus relief bill that proposes a second wave of financial assistance to the people and institutions hardest hit by the pandemic. The legislation worth $3 trillion¬†— which is not yet law — stipulates¬†another round of stimulus checks for individual Americans and families.¬†

If the president signs it, the second bill, called the HEROES Act (view the bill here), would also extend enhanced financial aid for people who are unemployed, and earmark money for struggling businesses, the US Postal Service and coronavirus testing costs. Passing the House of Representatives, which is controlled by a Democrat majority, is one step in the journey from bill to law, but by no means a guarantee that the second bill will clear its next stage: Senate approval. (More below on what happens next.)

Support for the new House bill is fueled by

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