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ENC file extension in WM6 - how to open on PC?

by Woodgnome60 / April 12, 2012 6:32 PM PDT

I used to encode files on my WM6.x device. A word document i.e. fred.doc would be renamed as fred.doc.enc and could be decrypted with a password. This is deifferent from the auto encryption which were hash tagged to the device i.e. fred.doc.ef1212fh12.enc.

Is there a program on the PC that, with the valid password of course, I can decrypt my own data - or has Microsoft once more left me in the lurch?

Any answer would be greatfully recieved before I retire my WM6.x device and move into the Android world.

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Re: encryption
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 12, 2012 6:44 PM PDT

I doubt if there's a program to unencrypt a Windows Mobile encrypted file on a PC.

In that case, the solution would be to open the file on your phone (which still can) and save it as an unencrypted doc. Then move that to where-ever you want. It's some work, if it are a lot of files, but if the content is important enought it might be worth the trouble.

Our general recommendation is to have an unencrypted backup copy of encrypted files stored in a safe place, just to cover circumstances like this.

Kees

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Always ask these folk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2012 3:31 AM PDT
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But why would you not save an unencrypted copy for the day y
by Woodgnome60 / April 16, 2012 8:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Always ask these folk.

Bob,

the encrypted document contained sensitive information that was updated daily. If I took an unencrypted copy every day and put it somewhere else it ditracts from having an encrypte version. Like having a safe with a treasure map inside it - but keeping a copy of the map the floorboards at the same time incase you lost the combination!

Paul

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Re: encrypted
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 16, 2012 8:31 PM PDT

Makes sense for sensitive information that's updated daily, especially on a phone.

But it's kind of a big risk if you lose the phone, it's stolen or breaks down. I wouldn't use a machine-specific encryption for that. I would use a machine-independent encryption (that works elsewhere also, for example in Linux or Windows 7) and backup that encrypted file to a web-based storage (like gmail or dropbox).

Seems you have to do some research to get a solution that meets your needs.

Kees

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