Do you know? You can zip files or folders in Windows 10 directly, no third party application needed. In this article, I will guide with step by step process on how to add the password to the Zip file and folder in Windows 10 of your computer or laptop. So, let’s check out the process but before revealing the process let me give you the short tutorial about the password protect.
There is various type of encryption and password protection methods that are supported by the .zip file. The first is the AES-256 encryption which is being considered among the top list of the encryption and password protection methods. But even coming in the top list it comes with own set of the drawback. The Windows own native compression tool does not support it but many other well-known tools such as WinRAR, 7-Zip, WinZip, etc. do support this.
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The ZipCrypto is also another encryption which is widely used and supported by other ZIP archive software. However, this encryption lacks on the security forefront as it is quite weak and vulnerable to attacks like the known plain text attack.
Here I’ll show you how you can add a password to your compressed and archived files using 7-Zip tool which is open source and free as the other tools such as WinRAR and WinZip are not free.
Encrypt Compressed Files using 7-Zip Tool
Step-1: First you have to download the 7-Zip tool from the official website and then install the tool on your computer or laptop. You could directly download this tool from here.
Step-2: Once the tool is successfully installed in your computer or laptop now right-click on the file or folder which you wish to compress and password-protect.
Step-3: After you right click on the file or folder now select the 7-Zip option from the context menu and then click on the Add to Archive option.
Step-4: Now a new pop up will open and here you have to enter your password and confirm it in the Encryption section which is present in the lower-right corner.
Step-5: Now you have to select the encryption method which is (ZipCrypto or AES-256). Apart from this, you can also change the archive format (default is set to 7z which is native file format for 7-Zip).
Step-6: Once you have done filling all the box now you have to click on the OK button to create the compressed file with the password that you have select.
Once you follow all the steps explain above your zip file or folder will be encrypted with a password. Adding a password to a compressed file is quite an easy task, but the practical implementation of these algorithms always result in one or other weak spot. So, it is always advised to use the secure passwords and keep the compressed file name unveiling so that no one gets any idea of the inside content.
This wraps up the article I hope these methods help you a lot to add Password to zip file or folder in Windows 10 without any difficulty. If you liked the article then please share it on social media and with your friends.
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