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Encrypting Quicken files with third-party encryption software

Does anyone encrypt their Quicken files with third-party encryption software?  I've considered a number of approaches such as using Windows XP's native encryption and TrueCrypt, but none does exactly what I would like.  Ideally, I would like to keep the Quicken files encrypted and inaccessible except when I am actually using Quicken but, and this is the sticking point, I'd still like to have Quicken's reminder features run automatically.  As far as I can tell, this is impossible.  Does anyone know otherwise?  Even if what I want is impossible, I would still be interested in hearing about others' experiences integrating third-party encryption with Quicken.
    > Does anyone encrypt their Quicken files with> third-party encryption software?  I've considered a> number of approaches such as using Windows XP's> native encryption and TrueCrypt, but none does> exactly what I would like.  Ideally, I would like to> keep the Quicken files encrypted and inaccessible> except when I am actually using Quicken but, and this> is the sticking point, I'd still like to have> Quicken's reminder features run automatically.  As> far as I can tell, this is impossible.  Does anyone> know otherwise?  > > Even if what I want is impossible, I would still be> interested in hearing about others' experiences> integrating third-party encryption with Quicken.Here is a great idea.  Use Quicken.  Backup Quicken to removable medium (preferably flash drive).  Remove Quicken data files from hard drive.  There, your data is pretty much safe.  Oops, beware of those people that can restore deleted files from your hard drive.
      Actually, I wasn't being sarcastic. I was being realistic.Having ANY "sensitive" information residing on your computer is always a security issue.  There have been substantiated reports of banks, credit unions, credit companies having information hacked and being used by unscrupulous persons.  Identity theft is also a real problem.  However, we do live in a world loaded with technology.  I am not smart enough, I guess, to be able to encrypt everything I have on my computer, or in my house, or in my business or in my life.  It is a complicated process.I trust, maybe blindly, that Quicken/Intuit has done this work for me.  Perhaps I am blind to the issue, as we are to Microsoft making Windows safe and secure.  Therefore, the only realistic solution, in my humble opinion, is for you NOT to have any sensitive material available on your hard drive that may be accessible.If this means disabling your internet connection or network (wired or wireless) setup, turning off your computer when not in use (kinda hard to hack into a computer that is not powered)or removing sensitive data from your computer so it is not accessible to hackers, then so be it.  If you can work out an encryption of Quicken data, yet have it do what you want, more power to you.For the vast majority of us, however, we feel safe and secure with what we have.I hope your search for total computer security and inner peace brings you to a joyful conclusion.
        What you ask is impossible.  If you don't appreciate gmalis1's reply, you won't like mine any better <and I'm at least as paranoid as you are>, so I'll keep it to myself.BTW, you are doing yourself a great disservice by ignoring him <or her>.  I've read enough posts to know that he's one of the good guys.-Tony
          Let's see...thousands of threads here and even many, many more responses.So far, no one has reported or claimed that their computer was stolen!
            > Let's see...thousands of threads here and even many,> many more responses.> > So far, no one has reported or claimed that their> computer was stolen!ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!<i>{they didn't report that they died either}</i>db
              Glad you enjoy your Mac and extol the security features of using that operating system.However, this is a PC forum, and unfortunately, you are preaching to the choir.  I don't see many of us changing from PC's to Mac's because we are concerned about encrypting our Quicken data file.Personally, I find that having my Quicken data file password protected is as much security as I need.  I am sure that in some nefarious manner, someone somewhere could hack into my Quicken file and get all the info they needed to wreak havoc upon my life.But, I figure that if someone stole my computer, I might be smart enough to call my financial institutions and request transfers of my checking, savings and credit cards to new accounts.This is a major hassle, undoubtably, but would be no different than any identity theft I would encounter.And despite your "sky is falling" attitude, I still haven't seen a single post here regarding their computer stolen.Have fun with your Mac and make sure you keep it under lock and key and tucked away so none of the bad guys get to it.As to my "snide" remarks, since I am not in violation of the terms of use policy on this forum, I am entitled to my "snide" opinion.Now crawl out from under your rock and pester someone else in the Mac forum.
                > Here is a great idea.  Use Quicken.  Backup Quicken> to removable medium (preferably flash drive).  Remove> Quicken data files from hard drive.  There, your data> is pretty much safe.  Oops, beware of those people> that can restore deleted files from your hard drive.Okay.  Now I understand a little more about you.  Your sarcastic reply indicates to me that you aren't interested in sharing information about Quicken with other Quicken users but instead just want to vent your spleen over imagined offenses.  That's fine, but I hope you spewed enough bile to satisfy yourself already, because as soon as I post this message I will be adding you to my ignore list and I won't be able to enjoy any more of your childish rants.  Sorry to disappoint you...
                  I did not take gmalis1's comments to be offensive.  A bit flipant but he certainly did not mean any malice towards you.I've enjoyed his posts and hope you will to.
                    Wouldn't it be possible to just have the Quicken data files stored on the flash drive, and never on the hard drive?  With USB 2.0, the data access speed would probably be acceptable.
                      This is an old thread but, deserves more attention.qu77's idea is not so "paranoid" or undesirable as posts on this thread suggest.What if your computer is stolen...probably easier than hacking firewalls or bank computers.  Once that is done, one call to Quicken support would probably be able to get past the password on the file... then someone has ALL of your account numbers.qu77, part of your desire to have Quicken data encrypted but still function with reminders, MAY, be possible, but not on Windows, but the MAC.The Mac OS X offers a much more user friendly way of encrypting folders or entire disk partitions than with XP.And can be set to be "sessioned" i.e. once the encrypted data is mounted, all apps can access it, but once it times out or is unmounted, back to encrtypted.  I can't say for sure if these facilities would work for you, but I can say that the Mac OS offers much more than Windows.
                        So by your illogic, are we to believe that computers aren't stolen?  One was stolen in my apartment complex this week.Gee that seems odd, surely they checked with this forum to find out if computers are in fact stolen, to find out if the computer they had was really gone.Keep your snide comments to your self if you don't mind.The original thread involves encryption and is a legitmate concern for many of us, perhaps your simple needs and crime free neighborhood does not have you concerned, for the rest of us, please stay quiet.
                          > Glad you enjoy your Mac and extol the security> features of using that operating system.> I do enjoy my Mac, thanks.> However, this is a PC forum, and unfortunately, you> are preaching to the choir.  I don't see many of us> changing from PC's to Mac's because we are concerned> about encrypting our Quicken data file.I also use a PC, not as frequently as my Mac, and I didn't ask you to change.Widows XP also has the ability to encrypt folders built-in to the OS, not surprised you didn't know that.> > Personally, I find that having my Quicken data file> password protected is as much security as I need.  > > I am sure that in some nefarious manner, someone> somewhere could hack into my Quicken file and get all> the info they needed to wreak havoc upon my life.> > But, I figure that if someone stole my computer, I> might be smart enough to call my financial> institutions and request transfers of my checking,> savings and credit cards to new accounts.And if you were on a trip out of town for a few weeks, you may have waited too late.> > This is a major hassle, undoubtably, but would be no> different than any identity theft I would encounter.> > And despite your "sky is falling" attitude, I still> haven't seen a single post here regarding their> computer stolen.> Turning on encryption isn't a "sky is falling attitude".Kind of like https protocol isn't either> Have fun with your Mac and make sure you keep it> under lock and key and tucked away so none of the bad> guys get to it.I do lock my doors at home, and while I am at home I'm protected against bad guys so I'm not overly worried by them.> > As to my "snide" remarks, since I am not in violation> of the terms of use policy on this forum, I am> entitled to my "snide" opinion.Sure you are, although it's not very helpful to the other members> > Now crawl out from under your rock and pester someone> else in the Mac forumThis sounds like noise to me.
                            Well, the snide non-answers from the dweebs notwithstanding, if you use anti-virus software which provides a "Vault", you can move the file(s) to it and you will have an encrypted file that needs a PW to access.