Talking about computers, we use them a lot and are accessed by many professionals and other people like our friends, family members, etc. We need to keep our important documents safe and protected from hackers and intruders. The best possible way to protect such files is to password-protect them in a zip format.
Today, in this article, we will share how to create password-protected zip in Windows 10 that are free of cost. We will enlist the top 3 programs widely used among programmers, developers, and other IT professionals. You may select any one of them, download and install them according to your choice.
Create Password-Protected Zip in Windows 10: Top Tools
With over one billion-plus download, WinZip is one of the best third-party tools to create password-protected zip in Windows 10. All you have to do is download and install WinZip on your computer and follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open WinZip.
Step 2: Click on the ‘Actions’ pane and navigate to ‘Encrypt.’
Step 3: Now, you have to drag and drop the files you want to password protect to the NewZip.zip pane.
Step 4: Now enter your password when prompted and finally click on OK.
You can also choose the Encryption level from Encryption Settings under the Actions pane, and then click on Save to save the changes.
That’s it, and now you are all good, and your files are password protected.
WinRAR is another top-rated tool that can be used to create password-protected zip folders in Windows 10. It is also a tremendous compressing tool. That makes it perfect for creating a password-protected compressed file. With WinRAR, you can create a new password-protected compressed file, and you can add passwords to pre-compressed files as well.
To create a new password-protected file, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: Download and install WinRAR. Upon successful installation, click on the executable WinRAR file.
Step 2: Choose the file which you want to compress and secure.
Step 3: Right-click on the file, and from the list, select ‘Add to archive…’.
Step 4: Under the ‘General’ tab, you will see a window, enter the name for the zip file, choose the archive format(click on ZIP), and then click on ‘Set password…’.
Step 5: Complete the setup to set a password and save the changes by clicking on OK.
That’s it, and you are all set.
Alternatively, you can also set a password for pre-compressed files using WinRAR. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Open WinRAR and click on ‘Tools.’
Step 2: From the options. Select ‘Convert archives.’
Step 3: Keep the zip option checked under the Archive types in the Convert archives menu.
Step 4: Now select the location you want to keep the file and click the ‘Compression…’ button.
Step 5: Under the General tab, select the Set password option and enter your password.
Complete the process, and that’s it.
7-Zip is another excellent option to create zip files with password protection; the interface on this one is charming, it is free, and the process is quite simple.
The only downside of using 7-Zip is that it doesn’t let you set a password to an already compressed file, unlike WinRAR. So you will have to unzip them and then re-zip them using 7-Zip. Here is how you can do it:
Step 1: Download and install 7-Zip on your computer. Upon successful installation, choose the file that you want to protect.
Step 2: Now right-click on the file, and from the list of options, select ‘Add to archive.’
Step 3: In the new window, you have to enter the new file’s name, archive format, and an encryption solution. Here you can easily set the password and when you are done with the process, click on OK.
That’s it, and you are all set. So these were some of the best tools and methods to create password-protected zip in Windows 10. If you face any difficulty, do let us know in the comments.
Many people widely use the above file compression tools for Windows, and you may choose any one of them that suits your requirements. I use WinRAR as it has many features compared to the other two programs; it also comes with a 30-day trial which works even after the trial period. You may choose 7Zip as it is a very light-weight program that is fast and stable.