How can I password protect a folder with 7Zip or WinRAR?
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When I was unzipping a file, I saw the password option.

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  • rho

    It’s easy  to password protect using 7-Zip. Its better to double-zip so that no one can even see your file names.Steps to Password Protect a Folder using 7-Zip File Manager==================================================Install 7-zipOpen 7-zipRight click on the files or folder you wish to compress and encrypt.Select “Add to Archive”Firstly change the Archive format to Zip, then change the encryption method to the robust AES-256Then click OKRight click on the newly created zip folderSelect “Add to Archive”Firstly change the Archive format to Zip, then change the encryption method to the robust AES-256,Thirdly enter your password.Then click OK. The rest of the options can be left as default.Your password protected zip folder is created.Windows explorer won’t be able to open it. Error:Windows cannot complete the extraction.Use 7-zip to extract the folder after entering password!!!Need to enter password everytime to open folder.If you wish to remove password protection:Right-click on extracted folder inside 7-zipSelect “Copy To” or F5Specify location

  • msc

    It’s easy  to password protect using 7-Zip. Its better to double-zip so that no one can even see your file names.
    Steps to Password Protect a Folder using 7-Zip File Manager==================================================Install 7-zipOpen 7-zipRight click on the files or folder you wish to compress and encrypt.Select “Add to Archive”Firstly change the Archive format to Zip, then change the encryption method to the robust AES-256Then click OKRight click on the newly created zip folderSelect “Add to Archive”Firstly change the Archive format to Zip, then change the encryption method to the robust AES-256,Thirdly enter your password.Then click OK. The rest of the options can be left as default.Your password protected zip folder is created.Windows explorer won’t be able to open it. Error:Windows cannot complete the extraction.Use 7-zip to extract the folder after entering password!!!Need to enter password everytime to open folder.If you wish to remove password protection:Right-click on extracted folder inside 7-zipSelect “Copy To” or F5Specify location

  • Bruce Epper

    This does not password protect a folder, only the specific archive created with the archive tool.

    • Tina

      Bruce,

      I think ha14 answered the question just fine. I made the mistake of writing ‘folder’ rather than ‘archive’. I write the headline for almost all questions as people hardly ever write it themselves. :)

  • Anonymous

    Archive the folder with 7-Zip:

    1) Right Click on the folder you want to protect
    2) Go to 7-Zip then click on Add to Archive…
    3) Make sure that the Archive Format option is set to Zip if not change it
    4) Under Encryption Type your password the retype it below
    5) Click on Ok

    with winrar
    1)Right click on the file for which u want the password to b put.
    2)Click on “Add to Archive”.
    3)Then go to Advanced tab.
    4)Click on set password and type any password.
    5)Click ok.