SecureZIP is a program that allows users to create ZIP files that are secured by a password or security certificate. Although the program functions well, its interface could be more intuitive.
The interface is sleek and clean, with a reasonable number of buttons, which are labeled. But the way the program works just isn't immediately clear. If we want to create a new ZIP file, do we click New, as in new ZIP file? Or perhaps Open, to select the documents we want to include in the ZIP file? No, it turns out, we want to Add. We selected a folder full of documents that we wanted to convert to a ZIP file, chose a file name and destination, and then selected a password to restrict access. The process was quick and easy, and the contents of our new ZIP file were indeed password-protected. The program's built-in Help file is well-written and thorough. In addition to basic password-protection, SecureZIP allows users to create and use security certificates. We were especially impressed by how easily--in fact, automatically--the program integrates with Microsoft Office; we had only to restart Word once SecureZIP was installed, and the program appeared under the Prepare menu, ready to turn our Word documents into encrypted ZIP files. Overall, we like the program's versatility and ease of use, but we wish that the interface were a little more intuitive.
SecureZIP has a 30-day trial period. It installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.
Use SecureZIP to secure files with your choice of a passphrase or a digital certificate. Secured files can only be opened with the proper password or the designated digital certificate. SecureZIP also hides file names. Use SecureZIP to compress (zip) files to reduce storage space and speed transmission times. Zip files without securing them, if you choose. SecureZIP opens ZIP, TAR, JAR, RAR, GZIP, CAB, LZH files, and more. SecureZIP for Windows Desktop integrates with Microsoft Office, securing files in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. SecureZIP also integrates with Microsoft Outlook, allowing for the secure exchange of e-mails and attachments directly from Outlook or Office applications. SecureZIP supports digital signatures, to ensure data integrity.
What's new in this version:
Version 12.50.13 is compatible with Windows 7, features redesigned graphical interface, with a choice of traditional or new fluent ribbon.