How To Password Protect A Zipped File In Windows 10

A zipped file is a compressed file that is one of the most popular archive formats that you will encounter. It basically collects one or more files or folders into a single file. This makes it easier to store and send since it will use less space. Sometimes you will want to make sure to secure the zipped file that you have. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to password protect a zipped file in windows 10.

Password protect a compressed file in Windows 10

One of the main reasons why you will want to password protect a zipped or compressed file is because this is usually sent out via email. You will want to make sure that only the intended person is able to open the file especially if it contains important data.

Encrypt folder using system properties

A quick way to encrypt a compressed folder is from the system properties of Windows 10. Make sure all of the necessary files are in a folder before compressing it. Once it is compressed you can now encrypt it using the steps listed below.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

Encrypt from System Properties

  1. Right-click on the zipped folder and open Properties.

    This will open the properties window.Password protect  zipped file

  2. Click on the General tab.

    This is usually the first tab on the properties window.Password protect a compressed file in Windows 10

  3. Click Advanced.

    This button is located at the bottom right part of the properties window.Password protect folder using system properties

  4. Check the “Encrypt contents to secure data” box.

    This will encrypt the folder.encrypt contents to secure data

  5. Choose “Apply changes to this folder only” and click OK.

    This will save the changes you made.apply ok

Password protect folder using 7-ZIP

Another way to password protect a zipped file is by using the free to download utility 7-ZIP. You should first download and install 7-ZIP on your computer. You can get this free utility from here

  • Right click on the uncompressed folder.
  • Choose 7-ZIP then Add to Archive
  • Under the Encryption section, enter and re-enter the password and confirm by clicking OK
  • Delete the uncompressed folder once you have the compressed copy available.

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