WinRar Version 5.7x+ Security


  1. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    WinRar Version 5.7x+ Security


    Hi,

    I am looking to create an archive of some files to keep a back up of information, contacts, passwords, etc. and keep a copy in the cloud.. I am inquiring about the security of the password feature. From what I have been reading here winrar seems to have gotten their act together. What are your thoughts and what are my options?

    thanks.
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  2. Posts : 42,526
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    If you want to use a compression tool you could use 7-zip (free)- also supports encrypted password-protected compression.

    How to Password Protect and Encrypt Files using 7-Zip for Windows

    You might also consider a password manager, which usually offers text notes as well as autofill passwords for sites.

    Depends what sort of other info you wish to store in files.
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  3. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    If you want to use a compression tool you could use 7-zip (free)- also supports encrypted password-protected compression.



    How to Password Protect and Encrypt Files using 7-Zip for Windows

    You might also consider a password manager, which usually offers text notes as well as autofill passwords for sites.

    Depends what sort of other info you wish to store in files.
    Yes, Thank-you. I was also thinking about trying keepass. I hear it has a great reputation. Just wanted to see what people would recommend.
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  4. Posts : 1,678
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       #4

    I've been using keepass for quite a while. It works well. Its interface can be configured to suit you. Nice. And free.

    I don't know anything about security in WinRar. But I don't use it for that. I just like it for its ease of use. Much better than Windows built-in zip, and covers many more compression and archiving formats. And it has a much nicer interface than 7 zip.
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  5. Posts : 2,529
    Win 11 x 64 Home on PC and Win 11 Home x 64 on Surface 9
       #5

    winrar does not expire, I never said that. Been using it for long long time, and have &zip as a backup.
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  6. Posts : 13,792
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #6

    I've used 7-Zip quite awhile, haven't needed to pay for it. The only reason I stayed with WinZip after getting away from DOS and Win3.x was a project where I needed to create a self-extraction compressed .exe file for a client but haven't renewed it for several years.
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  7. Posts : 2,935
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #7

    7-zip also support self-extracting archives. I don't know whether you need to download the 7-zip extra download for it, but it's free too.
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  8. Posts : 13,792
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #8

    eLPuSHeR said:
    7-zip also support self-extracting archives. I don't know whether you need to download the 7-zip extra download for it, but it's free too.
    It didn't 'back then' but later on found I didn't have to pay for something anymore.
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  9. Posts : 390
    Windows 10 Pro, Ver. 21H2 (OS Build 19044.1706)
       #9

    (Old) WinRAR 5.70 / WinZIP /Password Recovery


    Howdy Folks,
    I've found some 20 year old password protected zip files likely made with WinRAR (5.70). I remember using them for moving files from home to office, but can't remember if they're important. I also remember thinking "ah!, this is a password I'll never forget." ... I'm older and wiser now.
    I've heard zip passwords are easy to recover, but am wary of free software online.
    Any suggestions?
    -
    Thanks to all who read this and to those who reply.
    ~
    ...and my 2 cents: I've been using KeePass for many years and am very satisfied. KeePass Password Safe
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