How to Open Encrypted Zip Files

ZIP files use special compression algorithms to make the total size of a large file or set of files much smaller. Some users protect a ZIP file by means of a built-in encryption that requires the recipient to have a password to successfully open the file. The basic process to open an encrypted file is identical to an unencrypted file, with the addition of the need for the password.

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Encrypted ZIP files protect sensitive data from unauthorized users.

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Download or copy the encrypted ZIP file to the desired destination on the hard drive.

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Right-click on the ZIP file.

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Choose "Extract here" or similar command from your unzipping program's contextual menu choices.

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Enter the password when prompted to do so and press "OK."

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Wait for the extraction process to complete and use the extracted files as normal.