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  •  Encrypt Zip Files

    Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
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    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:

    STEP 1:

    Right click on the file/folder to be encrypted. 

    Select "7-Zip" and then "Add to archive"

    STEP 2:

    Change the name of the archive you wish to create.


    STEP 3:

    Change the Archive format to "Zip".


    STEP 4:

    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. 


    STEP 5:

    Enter a strong password. Here are some tips on how create a strong password: (option 1) or (option 2).


    STEP 6:

    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






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