How secure is a .SIT password?

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  1. Droooooj macrumors regular

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    I want to password protect some mildly sensitive files that I keep on my USB Stick, just in case I ever lose it.

    How secure are passwords on Stuffit files?

    (I figure using .sit is better than .zip as I'm sure there are loads of zip cracking progs out there as it's a more PC favoured format)
     
  2. Droooooj thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm still curious about this, if anyone has an answer????
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I think they claim to use AES encryption on it, so it'd therefore be unbreakable with current technology if the password is good enough, but I've always been very wary of passwords on archives like that...
     
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    You could also use password protected DMG files, as you can add files easier to them than to .sit archives and you don't need to extract them to use it.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1578
     
  5. Droooooj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why wary?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    What if you lose the password? I did so once or twice in my early days with .zip files in the 1990s and one keyboard had to be put down after such debacle.
    But the same can happen with a DMG too, though the DMG offers 256-bit AES encryption, if that helps you ease your mind.
     
  7. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I never knew if it was actually AES, or maybe they didn't implement it well... the guys that make Stuffit aren't exactly cryptographers. I'd use an encrypted disk image instead.
     
  8. Droooooj thread starter macrumors regular

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    lol.

    :D
     

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