This article describes how to create Self-Decrypting Archives (SDA) with PGP Desktop 10 for Windows.
A Self-Decrypting Archive (SDA) allows users without PGP Desktop to view encrypted documents or files. A PGP Self-Decrypting Archive (SDA) is a PGP Zip Archive that can be opened on any Windows computer. PGP Zip SDA files are standard Windows executable (.exe) files that you an open simply by double-clicking them.
The file is encrypted to a passphrase you specify when creating the SDA. Once you have created your PGP Zip SDA, send it to your recipients however you choose. When the recipient opens the opens the SDA, a passphrase prompt is displayed and after typing the passphrase the files are displayed.
To create a PGP Zip SDA
Open PGP Desktop.
Click the PGP Zip Control box and then click New PGP Zip. The PGP Zip Assistant is displayed.
Drag and drop your files into the area specified in the assistant and then click Next.
To add an entire directory to the PGP Zip archive you are creating, click the Add directory button.
To add a file to the PGP Zip archive you are creating, click the Add files button.
On the Encrypt screen, select PGP Self-Decrypting Archive and click Next.
Type and confirm a passphrase for the SDA.
Confirm the Save Location or click Browse to change the location and then click Next.
Caution: Take every possible precaution to ensure that the passphrase to your PGP Zip SDA is revealed to no one but the intended recipients. If the passphrase is revealed to unauthorized persons, create a new PGP Zip SDA with a different passphrase. Note, however that you can do nothing to re-secure the original archive file and its contents.
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