How to Encrypt Zip Files

Zip files provide the ability to compress a number of related files into a single, smaller file. Zip files can be password protected as well, providing a basic level of security. There are a number of utilities available on the Internet that make breaking a Zip file password easy. Encrypting a Zip file is the best way to ensure the confidentiality of the files stored in the Zip file.

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Secure zip files with NTFS encryption

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Click the "Start" or "Globe" button, and then click "Computer" or "My Computer", and then navigate to the Zip file you wish to protect with encryption.

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Right-click on the Zip file and click "Cut" in the drop down menu that appears. Navigate to an NTFS partition on the computer, and then right-click on the file or directory where you wish to store the file and click "Paste" in the drop down menu that appears.

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Right-click on the Zip file, and click "Properties" in the drop down menu that appears.

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Select the "General" tab, then click the "Advanced" button, and then click the "Encrypt Contents To Secure Data" check box. Click the "OK" button in the "Advanced Attributes" window.

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Click the "OK" button, and the select "Encrypt The File Only", and click the "OK" button.