This wizard takes you step by step by password protecting a .ZIP file so that the contents of that file cannot be accessed without knowing the password.
- Using a small, free and good little app called "7-Zip" you can add a password to a .zip file, and it's easy to do. Go to the 7-Zip Download Page (link opens in a new window / tab) and download the 7-Zip for 64-bit Windows x64 (Intel 64 or AMD64) version of the 7-Zip, unless You are absolutely certain that you do not have a 64-bit version of Windows (to find out which one you have, follow this short guide). When the download is complete, double-click the file to install 7-Zip.
- When 7-Zip is installed, click the Windows "start" button, navigate to 7-Zip and select 7-Zip File Manager . ]
- Select all the files you want to add to .ZIP, and then click the Add button.
- Name your soon-created .ZIP file by entering it in the Archive: field. Then make sure that archive format: is set to zip . Then enter the password you want to use in both password fields found in the section Encryption . When you are ready, click the OK button.
- 7-Zip will now make your password protected. ZIP file.
- Find your recently created .ZIP file by opening a Windows File Explorer and navigating to the folder that contained the files you added to .ZIP.
- If you or anyone else is trying to open the .ZIP file, you must enter a password before you can extract or view a file in it. If you send this .ZIP file to friends, they do not need to have 7-Zip installed to open it – they just need to know the password.