How to Password Protect a File for an Email

By Christopher Kennedy

Sending files over the Internet is a common practice used by millions of people on a daily basis. Users send pictures, documents, links and videos effortlessly over the Web to share with their friends and family. Although email accounts are protected, the user sending the message can take an extra precaution by password protecting the files to be sent so that they may not by seen by an unintended recipient. By utilizing a compressed zip folder, users can add password protection to their files easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP

Step 1

Locate the file or folder you want to encrypt and right-click it.

Step 2

Click "Send To" from the resulting menu and select "Compressed (zip) folder" from the menu that appears. The file will now be in a compressed zip folder.

Step 3

Double-click on the compressed zip folder to open it and click "File" from the menu.

Step 4

Select the "Add a Password" option.

Step 5

Enter the password you will give to the recipient of the email. Enter it again in the second password box. Click "OK" when you have finished and your file(s) will be password-protected.

Step 6

Start or log into your email client and select the compressed ZIP folder you just made as an attachment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to change the file names included in the ZIP file if the names contain any sensitive information, because they can be viewed without the password.