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I remember being in college and watching as someone used this great little tool called PKUnzip. This was long before the capability was embedded in Windows. It was back during a time when a meg or two really mattered. Most files were transported using floppy disks (not 5 1/4″, after that). CD burners existed, but were so prohibitively expensive that almost no one owned one, so we carried boxes of floppies to transport pictures or wav files or whatever.

A lot of things have changed in the past 10-12 years. I’m using a Mac, not a PC. The floppy has been replaced by the thumb drive and CD burners are so cheap that they’re standard (usually combined with DVD burners that is).

Still some things are needed now more than ever. Saving space is an issue that’s now measured in 100s of megs or gigs (for backup or “sneakernet”) or somewhat smaller sizes for the web.

Now security is a bigger issue. What if you could combine a secure method of encrypting files and a way to reduce their size, too? The PKWare people have done it–now you can have data security with SecureZip. Just go to

“SecureZIP – The next generation of ZIP”