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Are there any known standards or security flaws in password-protected ZIP files ...

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Just like the title says. I was hoping someone could direct me to documents/resources that show how to encrypt a zip file such that most (if not all) 3rd-party apps can open it.

I'm more interested in the security aspect rather than how to do it - any knowledge is welcome.

This is to casually protect files on my work computer (and network drive) from prying co-workers.

There aren't any big flaws in ZIPs password. There are tools that can crack a zip file password but they have to do it using brute force, usually starting with a dictionary attack. For protecting files locally or on a network, it should be fine as long as you pick a long enough password. I'd suggest using a phrase like 'givemelibertyorgivemedeath' or whatever. Long enough to make brute force attacks unfeasible but short enough to keep from being a pain to type everything you need to unlock a file.


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