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The Benefits of Encrypted Zip Files Without the Work

Think about dropping off a package at the post office. How quickly would you like it to be delivered? Would you like to purchase any insurance for added security?

Sending a digital file comes with many of the same options. Zipping helps the file get to its destination quicker. Encrypting the file protects the information, ensuring secure file transfer. If you want your file to find its destination quickly and securely, you’ll want to send an encrypted zip file.

Citrix ShareFile can help you send files in a fast, safe and affordable fashion with our cloud-based file-sharing software. In fact, using ShareFile is quicker and easier than traditional zip files.

So what exactly is “encrypting” and “zipping,” and how can ShareFile help you send a file?

You don’t need encrypted zip files. You just need ShareFile.

What is encryption?

Encryption is the translation of data into a secret code. When a message is encrypted, the letters are scrambled to form an undecipherable block of text. Files are typically encrypted prior to transferring to a recipient and then decrypted upon receipt.

Encrypting a file can typically be done with just a few clicks of the mouse in programs such as Microsoft Word, but encrypting a file in a more advanced program can require downloading encryption tools or software.

ShareFile uses AES 256-bit encryption. This is the same encryption used by the United States government for top secret files.

What is a zip file?

When a file is zipped, it is compressed into a smaller format to make for a quicker and easier transfer. The recipient then unzips the file to convert back to its original format.

Much like encryption, zipping a file in most Windows programs can be done in just a few quick steps. But with ShareFile, there’s no need to manually zip a file at all. You can send files of up to 100 GB in size quickly and easily while we take care of the rest.

Millions of files are stored and sent every day using ShareFile. Yours can be as well. Sign up for a free 30-day trial today, and start sending encrypted zip files without all the effort.

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