How to password protect your Zip file using 7 Zip

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Everyone uses zip files nowadays as it is easy to send a large number of files together as email attachments. It also compresses the size of the files so that they take up less space. But what if we want to password protect the zip file so that someone with the password can only open it? While there are many paid third-party tools available to encrypt the zip file, zip 7 has a built-in feature to add a password to the zip file. Let's see how to add the password to the zip file using 7 zip.



If you haven't installed 7 zip on your PC, first download and install 7 zip from here. It is completely free, secure and open source archiving software used all over the world.

How to password lock the zip file using 7 zip

Step 1 - First, if you haven't compressed the file, right click on the folder that contains all the files.

Step 2 - Click 7 zip in the menu and then click add to archive.


3 pass - In the window that appears, enter the desired password for encryption. Finally click OK.


Done! You just password protected your files.

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