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How To Password Protect Zip File Vista

Users can still view a list of the files within a compressed file. If you want both your file names and contents to be hidden, move all the files into a single folder and password protect that folder.

how to password protect zip file vista

So I am trying to figure out how to password protect a zip file using the built in zipping utility in windows 7. In windows xp and vista once you have created a zipped file you open the file and select file>add password.

In windows 7 (currently using pro) there is no "add password" option, anyone have any idea why this is? Or is there some other way of adding a password to a windows zip file that I am not aware of? Am I being forced to add a 3rd party zip app in order to password protect files?

No, you can't use a password to protect files and folders inWindows. However, some programs that run on Windows allow you to protect individual files with a password. For more information, check the Help for the program you're using.

There are other ways to protect your files and folders in Windows. You canencrypt your files using Encrypting File System (EFS), manually specify who can access the folders or files by setting permissions, or hide them. Choose your method based on how secure the folders or files need to be. Encrypting is the most secure, while hiding the folders is the least secure.

This is a MS problem. I send out my personal info/financial info as a pdf zipped up and password protected, just so that it is not plain text passing the internet and in case I typo the email address.

I too just now learned the hard way that Windows 7 cannot extract password-encrypted ZIP files I created with WinZip, when I sent one to a Windows 7 user. So: WinZip can create and extract password-protected ZIP files, and it runs under Windows. You can download it from

Zip archive has become popular since it can save computer space and is convenient to transfer. However, some users still don't know how to password protect a Zip file from unauthorized access. In order to achieve that, we need to take advantage of some third-party programs. In this article, we'll share 3 methods with you. What's important, we'll also tell you how to access an encrypted Zip file if you forgot the password.

WinZip is a popular and professional compressor for Windows 7/8/8.1/10. It can create archives in .zip and .zipx file format. When you create a .zip or .zipx file, you have the option to encrypt the file. It supports 128-bit and 256-bit key AES encryption, which are now used worldwide. Now, let's check how to add a password to a Zip file with WinZip.

7-Zip is a free file archiver. It has its own archive format with .7z file extension, but it still supports to create a compressed file in other archive formats like bzip2, gzip, tar, wim, xz and zip. If you'd like to put a password on a Zip file with 7-Zip, you have 2 encryption methods including AES-256 and ZipCrypto. The former offers stronger encryption, and is now supported by many common-used archivers.

Step 1: Once you have installed 7-Zip on your computer, you can now search for the Zip file on your computer that you want to protect. Right click on it and select 7-Zip. When you click on the 7-Zip option, you will see "Add to Archive" and click on it.

WinRAR is a trialware file archiver for Windows XP and later. It can create and access compressed files in RAR and Zip format. According to some official statements, it supports AES encryption. However, when you set a password for the Zip file, you only have the "Zip legacy encryption" option. This is an older encryption technique, and it's known to be relatively weak. You shouldn't rely on it to provide strong security for your data.

Now that you have added a password to your Zip file, there is a possibility that you may forget the password of it. What will you do at that time? I bet you will try to enter all possible passwords and you may end up not being successful. In such a scenario you also need to rely on a third-party program that has the ability to unlock Zip files without knowing the password.

A program that allows you to unlock encrypted Zip files is Passper for ZIP. It is a powerful password recovery tool that allows to retrieve passwords from Zip files created by WinZip/7-Zip/PKZIP/WinRAR. The program is equipped with 4 smart recovery methods that will greatly reduce the candidate passwords and then shorten the recovery time. It has the fastest password checking speed, which can check 10,000 password every second. It doesn't require an Internet connection during the recovery process, therefore, your file won't be uploaded to its server. Thus, your data privacy is 100% secured.

Step 3Once selected the attack mode, click on the "Recover" button, then the program will start to recover your password immediately. Once the password is recovered, the program will notify you that the password has been recovered. From there, you can copy the password to access your password protected Zip file.

Luckily, there are plenty of free tools out there to create a password protected zip file. In this guide, we will show you how you can use two popular tools WinRAR and 7-Zip (free) to create a zip file with password.

Step 2: Now that 7-Zip is installed, right-click on the file that you would to create an archive and add password protection, click 7-Zip, and then click Add to archive option. This will open Add to archive dialog.

Step 4: In order to protect it with a password, move to the Encryption section, enter a password, re-enter the same, and finally, click OK button. This zip file will appear in the same folder where your original file is located.

Step 3: Here, Enter a name for your archive (password protected file in this case), and select ZIP as archive format. Be sure to select ZIP as archive format as WinRAR uses its .RAR as archive format with default settings.

I used .zip file protection under XP and have found with Win 8.1 the protocol for opening with a password has changed. Under XP, after I closed an archive, I would have to reenter the password if I needed to reopen it. Now it seems as long as I have opened it once, it remains accessible without re-entering the password until I log out/in again . I would prefer to have the protection resume after closing the archive. Can I change a setting somewhere to do this?

You now know how to create compressed folders (zip files) in Windows 7; we will now explain how password-protection works when you try to prevent unauthorized users from opening a zipped folder. While this tutorial focuses on Windows 7, everything we explain also applies to Windows XP and Windows Vista.

The zip file creation process in Windows 7 and previous versions is very basic: it allows you to add modest compression to make your zipped files and folders smaller, without using some of the more advanced compression algorithms available in specialized software like WinZip. Part of the reason why, out-of-the-box, Windows doesn't give you the ability to password-protect compressed folders is "portability". There are no guarantees that the person on the receiving end of a password-protected zipped folder will have the tools necessary to open it.

The bottom line is that you will need to download a specialized piece of software to be able to password-protect your zip files: with WinZip, for example, you will see a dialog appear when you add files and folders to be compressed, which includes a checkbox that lets you "Add encryption" to the files. You then simply need to pick a password, and anyone trying to access the zip file will be prompted to enter it before they can open the compressed archive or view any of the files it contains.

If you decide to use password-protection, then, make sure that you and people with whom you will exchange zip files are all using the same piece of software to create and open them, or pieces of software that are compatible with one another.

  • Note:7-Zip uses password-based encryption, and even a strong encryption algorithm like AES is of little or no benefit if the passwords you use are weak, or you do not keep track of them in a secure manner.

  • In particular, encrypted files can be deleted from a Zip file, or renamed within a Zip file while new, unencrypted files can be added to a Zip file without a password.

  • For details on AES encryption method, please refer to _Encryption_Standard from Wikipedia.

Using a password to protect a folder means that you need to enter a password to see the list of documents in the folder. You can also password-protect individual files either in a password-protected folder or in a folder without password protection. The procedure is the same for files and folders.

It is not possible to use Windows to password-protect a folder in Windows 8 or Windows 10. You will need to download third-party software or use a zipped folder. If you elect to use third-party software, be sure you download it from a reputable source.

Password-protecting a zipped file is a good solution if your version of Windows does not support password protection. If you put the files you'd like to protect in a zip file, you can then apply a password.


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