If sensitive data needs to be saved into a file, make sure to
secure it by decreasing the number of people who can access it. This can be
Windows XP has a built-in ability to encrypt files if the NTFS file system is used. However, as of writing, it is not currently recommended to use the built-in Windows XP encryption. Other third-party encryption programs are available, such as GNU Privacy Guard (this is not an endorsement of the program). However, SEASnet does not currently have any recommended encryption programs.
Using a compression program with encryption and a password can be used, but please use a strong password. Some compression programs that have encryption and a password are WinZip and WinRAR. Please consult the program's website for instructions on how to use the compression and encryption.