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  1. Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software. Any
    recommendations?
    Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    encryption software the Palms
    will go to the trash heap.

    Help

    Thanks

    Tom




  2. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:

    > We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software. Any
    > recommendations?
    > Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    > encryption software the Palms
    > will go to the trash heap.


    What are you trying to encrypt?

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    The from userid is killfiled Send personal mail to gordol

    "The Superior Person's Book Of Words", by Peter Bowler: EPHEMERAL:
    Short-lived, lasting but a day. Note that this does not mean trivial -
    a sense in which it is sometimes used. A devastating explosion is an
    ephemeral event.

  3. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    On Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 03:05:48AM +0000, Tom wrote:

    > We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software. Any
    > recommendations?
    > Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    > encryption software the Palms
    > will go to the trash heap.


    Unless you give people some idea of what you want to do we won't be able
    to help you. What do you want to encrypt, and why?

    --
    David Cantrell | Nth greatest programmer in the world

    Irregular English:
    you have anecdotes; they have data; I have proof

  4. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed


    "David Cantrell" wrote in message
    news:20080204125803.GA13313@bytemark.barnyard.co.u k...
    > On Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 03:05:48AM +0000, Tom wrote:
    >
    >> We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software. Any
    >> recommendations?
    >> Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    >> encryption software the Palms
    >> will go to the trash heap.

    >
    > Unless you give people some idea of what you want to do we won't be able
    > to help you. What do you want to encrypt, and why?


    If he told you he'd have to kill you.

    Adam



  5. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed


    "Jeffrey Kaplan" wrote in message
    news:uiedq3t6e9q2fpib01brnh6ir1bijab5ab@gordol.org ...
    > Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:
    >
    >> We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software.
    >> Any
    >> recommendations?
    >> Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    >> encryption software the Palms
    >> will go to the trash heap.

    >
    > What are you trying to encrypt?
    >

    All data on portable devices including PDAs and USB drives needs to be
    encrypted.

    Tom



  6. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:

    > > What are you trying to encrypt?
    > >

    > All data on portable devices including PDAs and USB drives needs to be
    > encrypted.


    Be more specific:

    Are you wanting to encrypt memo data? Calendar data? Phone book data?
    What are you trying to encrypt?

    System-wide, I think locking the device is the only option. But
    within, there are wider options depending on what, EXACTLY, you want to
    encrypt.

    --
    Jeffrey Kaplan www.gordol.org
    The from userid is killfiled Send personal mail to gordol

    "If I am ever the Hero top 100 list: #84. I almost certainly have an
    Evil Twin running around somewhere, if not by birth then as a creation
    of the Evil Overlord. I will keep an eye out for him, and plan
    accordingly.

  7. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed


    "Jeffrey Kaplan" wrote in message
    news:tojfq3tte30jfrpnm7pk6o0v1b46kk6f1c@gordol.org ...
    > Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:
    >
    >> > What are you trying to encrypt?
    >> >

    >> All data on portable devices including PDAs and USB drives needs to be
    >> encrypted.

    >
    > Be more specific:
    >
    > Are you wanting to encrypt memo data? Calendar data? Phone book data?
    > What are you trying to encrypt?


    all user added data, including memo, calendar data and contacts.





  8. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    In article news:, Tom wrote:
    > > What are you trying to encrypt?

    >
    > all user added data, including memo, calendar data and contacts.


    Is there *any* PDA that can do that?

    ISTM that there isn't, and you'll either have to ban PDAs altogether or
    change the policy. Getting the policy changed to clarify its intent
    would be a step forward.

    There are a number of add-on products that work with the built-in Palm
    applications and encrypt and decrypt all the databases transparently as
    they are read/written. I know some of these worked quite well with
    PalmOS 3/4, but I haven't kept up with these things lately and can't
    say whether any of them work well with PalmOS 5.x (so they would work
    on your Palm Vs but not necessarily on the T|Es).

    A quick Google should turn up a number of possibilities.

    Cheers,
    Daniel.





  9. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    In article ,
    "Tom" writes:
    >
    > "Jeffrey Kaplan" wrote in message
    > news:uiedq3t6e9q2fpib01brnh6ir1bijab5ab@gordol.org ...
    > > Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:
    > >
    > >> We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software.
    > >> Any
    > >> recommendations?
    > >> Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate suitable
    > >> encryption software the Palms
    > >> will go to the trash heap.

    > >
    > > What are you trying to encrypt?
    > >

    > All data on portable devices including PDAs and USB drives needs to be
    > encrypted.


    Translation: I work for the UK civil service, and I am desperately trying to
    implement a knee-jerk reaction by my scared-****less superiors.
    --
    SAm.

  10. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed


    "Sam Nelson" wrote in message
    news:jlim75-ikd.ln1@nntp.stir.ac.uk...
    > In article ,
    > "Tom" writes:
    >>
    >> "Jeffrey Kaplan" wrote in message
    >> news:uiedq3t6e9q2fpib01brnh6ir1bijab5ab@gordol.org ...
    >> > Previously on comp.sys.palmtops.pilot, Tom said:
    >> >
    >> >> We have >eighteen Palm TEs and Palm Vs that need encryption software.
    >> >> Any
    >> >> recommendations?
    >> >> Because of ever restrictive security policies if I can't locate
    >> >> suitable
    >> >> encryption software the Palms
    >> >> will go to the trash heap.
    >> >
    >> > What are you trying to encrypt?
    >> >

    >> All data on portable devices including PDAs and USB drives needs to be
    >> encrypted.

    >
    > Translation: I work for the UK civil service, and I am desperately trying
    > to
    > implement a knee-jerk reaction by my scared-****less superiors.
    > --
    > SAm.


    I don't believe any PDA can do this. I believe PCs and Macs can do it but
    they would require very specialised software which is not commonly in use.

    There is a thing called EFS (Encrypted File System) that runs on Windows -
    see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encrypting_File_System Google will find
    many more links to this including lots of detailed documentation.

    There is a thing called Cryptographic File System (CFS) that runs on BSD -
    see http://ifph-rdws2.gse.uni-magdeburg..../unix/cfs.html If it
    runs on BSD it may well run on other flavours of Unix/Linux. Again, Google
    ....

    PortableApps (http://portableapps.com/) has *free* software that runs
    entirely off a USB key; *nothing* is ever installed on the PC. This includes
    web browsers, e-mail clients, office applications compatible with Word,
    Excel etc. and lots of other stuff. One of their programs ("Toucan") will
    encrypt any folders/files you like but, of course, you can't then use those
    files directly in their applications. I keep a bunch of stuff on an
    encrypted USB key using this software. I suppose it will also run off an SD
    card or similar but I haven't tried it. There is other freeware software out
    there that will do this.

    So, with a Palm for example, you could use something like Softick Commander
    (www.softick.com) to view the Palm files/folders on a PC (the PC sees the
    Palm as just another disk drive) and then the PortableApps software to
    encrypt/decrypt it. This is all theory; I've never tried it.

    You can also buy auto-encrypting USB keys that require passwords and/or
    fingerprints before *any* access is allowed; this is done directly on the
    key. See for example http://blogs.computerworld.com/node/4589

    There is a lot of other stuff available, both hardware and software.

    For a consultancy fee ....

    Harold Fuchs
    London, England



  11. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    In article news:, Sam Nelson wrote:
    > Translation: I work for the UK civil service, and I am desperately
    > trying to implement a knee-jerk reaction by my scared-****less superiors.




    Couldn't happen. Our Civil Service doesn't implement knee-jerk reactions
    ... it sets up a committee to discuss appropriate responses, and by the
    time they publish their findings the original problem has gone away.

    Anyway, "Tom" was posting from a Verizon IP ....

    Cheers,
    Daniel.



  12. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    In article ,
    Daniel James writes:
    > In article news:, Sam Nelson wrote:
    > > Translation: I work for the UK civil service, and I am desperately
    > > trying to implement a knee-jerk reaction by my scared-****less superiors.

    >
    >
    >
    > Couldn't happen. Our Civil Service doesn't implement knee-jerk reactions
    > .. it sets up a committee to discuss appropriate responses, and by the
    > time they publish their findings the original problem has gone away.


    That's kinda the point.

    > Anyway, "Tom" was posting from a Verizon IP ....


    I don't see that that's a problem. I don't use the same ISP at home as at
    work either.
    --
    SAm.

  13. Re: Encryption software for Palmpilots Needed

    In article news:, Sam Nelson wrote:
    > > Anyway, "Tom" was posting from a Verizon IP ....

    >
    > I don't see that that's a problem. I don't use the same ISP at home
    > as at work either.


    So ... you think Tom commutes from the US to work in the UK for the Civil
    Service?

    If gov.uk pays well enough to support that, I'm in the wrong business!

    Cheers,
    Daniel.




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