Need to encrypt your files, but don't have the software to do it? LOOK NO FURTHER! I am here to show you how to encrypt your files!
If you are Mac user, please follow this link (click here) to encrypt your files because the software I will be talking about is for Window users. Alternatively, you can download Keka, which is a free file archiver for Mac OS X, here. Instructions on how to use Keka can be found here.
If you are a Window user, please keep reading. If you use Linux, you can google it or click here: (option 1) or (option 2)
Let's get started. The software that I will be talking about is called 7-Zip.
7-Zip is an open source software used to compress or zip files secured with encryption. Alternatively, you can also use WinZip (click here for WinZip). To download 7-Zip, click here.
After the software as been installed, you can proceed to encrypt a file or folder:
Right click on the file/folder to be encrypted.
Select "7-Zip" and then "Add to archive"
Change the name of the archive you wish to create.
Change the Archive format to "Zip".
Change the Encryption method to "AES-256". You can also select ZipCrypto, but AES-256 is more secure. However, if AES-256 is selected, the recipient of the zip file may have to install 7-Zip or another zip program to open it. Selecting ZipCrypto allows users to open a zip file in Windows without a zip program.
I strongly recommend that you use AES-256 to protect your data.
Enter a strong password. Here are some tips on how create a strong password: (option 1) or (option 2).
Select "OK" to create the encrypted archive file. This file will be located in same file as the original.
You have encrypted your file! Congratulations!
*to open the file, you just need to enter the password