WinZip Boosts Security, File Size

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-05-26 Print this article Print

The newest edition of WinZip's namesake .Zip file utility gains strong encryption and sheds the 4GB-file-size limit of previous versions.

The newest edition of WinZips namesake .Zip file utility gains strong encryption and sheds the 4GB-file-size limit of previous versions.

The beta of WinZip 9.0 doesnt cost anything to try; Version 8.1 sells for $29, the same as competitor PKWares PKZip. The ship date and price for Version 9.0 havent been announced.

During tests of the beta, I was able to zip up files using WinZips familiar file compression wizard. Encrypting files using strong 256-bit AES encryption was simple: I selected the files, typed in a password and hit OK.

Compression rates were practically identical to those I got when using PKZip for Windows Standard Edition Version 6.0.

But this is where the similarity ends. PKZip can be used on a wider variety of platforms than WinZip. In addition, it was much easier to make self-extracting .zip files in PKZip than in WinZip.

For run-of-the-mill use, usually limited to unzipping files, WinZip will likely prove more convenient for desktop users. Those who zip up files and want to use a product with multiplatform capabilities should turn to PKZip.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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