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Password Protect Zip Files

Posted By Kevin On March 22, 2011 @ 10:00 AM In File & Disk Management | No Comments

Harold from Austin, Texas asks:

In Windows 7, is there a way to password protect zip files?

A zip file is a file package that has been compressed to a specific format. ZIP, RAR, and 7z are common zip formats. You can also organize your files with data compression programs such as 7-Zip, WinRAR, and WinZip. For example, you can allocate numerous documents, programs, and multimedia files into a single zip file. If you want to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing your zip files, you need to secure them with a password.

For this, we’ll be using 7-Zip, an open source program that allows you to create, extract, and secure zip files. Download 7-Zip [1] and save it to your computer.

Click on the setup.exe file to start the installation process. The installation wizard will guide you, and install 7-Zip on your computer. After you install 7-Zip, it will recognize all of the zipped files on your computer. Therefore, when you right-click a zip file, you will be able to configure it with 7-Zip.

Begin securing your zip files with a password.

If the file is already zipped, you need to extract (unzip) it. To do this, right-click on the zip file, point the cursor to 7-Zip and select Extract to (name of the file). This will extract all of the files to a new folder.

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Zip the file you just extracted with 7-Zip.

Right-click on the file, point the cursor to 7-Zip and select Add to Archive.

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This will open the Add to Archive dialogue box. Go to the Encryption section and add your password. Click OK to complete your new secured zipped file.

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~Jean-Baptiste Juderson


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[1] Download 7-Zip: http://www.7-zip.org/