Password Protecting A Zip File with 7-Zip

Modified on Tue, 23 Jan 2024 at 02:59 PM

What is 7-Zip?
7-Zip is a free file compression and encryption tool, it can be used to compress individual files or folders.

7-Zip can be downloaded here.

Once installed on a computer follow the steps below to compress and encrypt the zip file 

Using 7-Zip

Make sure you know the location of the file or folder you wish to encrypt 

Then click on the start menu and type the number 7 
You should then see 7-Zip File Manager as an option

Navigate to the file/folder you want to encrypt - Select it then click Add (Big green + button)

It will then give you some options
  • Change the name if you wish 
  • Change the archive format to Zip 
  • Enter a password in both boxes
  • Change the encryption method to AES-256 
  • Then click OK

The zip file will then be created

This will create a single file with the files/folders in it and require a password to extract them.

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