How to Compress and Password Protect a Zip File in Windows for Free

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In this video, I’ll show you How to Compress and Password Protect any Zip File in Windows for Free using 7Zip. Download 7zip ?

7 Zip is a free and Open-source archiving application that’s available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and React OS.

By the end of this video, you should be able to download, install, and use 7Zip to compress and password protects zip files.


By the end of this video tutorial, you should be able to compress and password protect a zip file in Windows using 7zip.

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Zipping files and password protecting them keeps your files secure, and away from prying eyes that you don’t want to access a particular file.

If you want to limit the access of a file than password protecting it is a good way to ensure that only the people that need to see the files have access to the files.

So let us begin here inside Google and search for 7zip– search for 7zip.

And 7zip is a free application. It is open source. And yes, it is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS and also ReactOS.

So I’ll just go to the first link here, download 7zip.

And for the purposes of this video, I just need to download 7zip this particular version here, it’s the 2019, 02.21.

So let’s just click on this – download, it’s going to start downloading.

It’s a small file just 1 MB.

And once it’s done, I’ll just click on it. And it’s going to open up so that we can start installing.

Let’s just click on Yes, I want to install 7zip on a 64 setup, just click on Install.

And it’s done.

Now, once it’s done, all we need to do is navigate to the folder with the files that we need to zip and password protect.

So let’s navigate to that particular folder.

And this is a folder that I’ve named password protect me.

So let’s say these are sensitive images or documents that you have.

So let us begin.

Let’s just highlight both pictures, right click, and then you’ll see 7zip as an option.

And with a couple of extra options here add to archive, compress and email add to password protect me dot z that is as a as the folder with this… compressed to password protect me dot 7z and email and to password protect me dot zip, compress password protect me dot zip and email.

So all these options, but let us just click on Add to archive.

Now once you add to archive, you have a couple of different options here.

So the archive and where it is going to be located inside the folder called password protect me.

And then the archive format.

These are just some of the few things that you might need to change.

Let’s say we wanted to save as a zip.

So there we have it. And then the next option that we need now to ensure that our file is encrypted or protected is to enter the password.

Just ensure you enter a password that you’ll remember so that you are also not locked out from the particular file or folder that you have zipped.

Let’s just add a simple password… Just a simple password –repeat.

And you can decide to see the password if you want to copy it.

For example, this one is an easy one, I can just say show passport 123qwerty, don’t show and then you can choose an encryption method.

Now by default, I’ll leave it as it is.

Depending on the method that you choose, then it’s going to make it more difficult to crack this particular password.

So if you are satisfied with your results, then just click on OK.

And your files are going to be zipped.

And now we have a new file here.

If I right click on it and say 7zip – open archive, we are going to see this particular file. But if we try to double click on it, then it’s going to tell us enter a password.

Now if you have the password, all you need to do is just enter the password and then open up this particular image.

And there we have it, it has opened up because we have the password to this particular file.

If you also wanted to, let’s say extract these particular files, let’s say extract here, you’re going to get this confirm to replace.

And if you say yes to all you’re going to be prompted to enter password.

If you don’t have the password, let’s say close then you’re going to get this particular error using an application like WinRar.

So that’s it.

That’s how you can compress and password protect a zip file in Windows using 7zip.

So we’ve gone from installing 7zip, to compressing our file, to password protecting the file and also reviewing if the password is available for our file.

Thank you for watching this video and I hope it has been a value to you.

Until next time, stay safe and never stop learning.

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