7-Zip is one of the most complete tools to compress and decompress files, this is a tool very similar to WinZip or WinRar, but has an advantage that the others don’t have, all the options offered by 7 Zip are completely free and unlimited, so you will not have to pay a monthly fee to use it or be against the clock all the time.
7-Zip has two basic tools, compression and decompression of any file in almost any format that exists, but also has other advantages such as putting a password to compressed files.
If you are looking for a simple, fast and secure way to put to your compressed files a password so you can share them without any fear on the web, we have created a tutorial so you can place it for any file you want, thanks to the tool offered by 7-Zip.
How to put a password to a compressed file
Put a password to a compressed file can be very useful if we want to protect or limit access to it, because only those people who have a correct password can access the content of it.
To place a password to our files with 7z, we must start by following the instructions that we will show you below.
1-. The first thing you should do is open the 7-Zip program and you will have to click on the folder that contains the content that we want to protect with a password.
2-. Once this is done, we must look at where on our computer is the file that we want to place a password.
4-. Once selected the compressed file to which we want to place the security password, you must click on the file to select it and then in the toolbar you must locate the icon + “Add“, this is the first of the buttons and is a + sign in green.
5-. Once this is done, it will show us a window where the name that will be assigned and the place of our team where we want the copy of the compressed file will be indicated. If you want to change the location of the folder, you must open the browser by clicking on the line of three points that we see at the end of the bar where we read the location of the file.
6- In that window we see all the options that 7-Zip has at our disposal to put a password to our document. In that same window you will see the option to place the password to our file. This area you will see under the name “Encryption” and you will see the two boxes where we will place the password we want, in the first of them you will have to write the password and in the second repeat it.
If you fear putting it wrong, you can press on the option that allows us to show the password while we assign it and once we have been satisfied with the password we have placed, you must press the OK button. This will start immediately with the compression of the file and the placement of the password, in this case all we have to do is wait for the tool to finish the process, this may take some time depending on the size of the file and the other options that we have configured for the compression of it.
Once you have finished the process, you can see that you already have a new compressed file, with the contents of the original file or folder and you will also be protected with a password. We recommend that you write down the password somewhere to avoid forgetting it, if this happens there is no way to go back and you will have to start over.
If you are done with the compression process and you have written down the password in a safe place, you will be able to remove the original file from the computer, this will free up a bit of memory and give you full security that your information is safe.
When you decide to unzip the file, the password will be requested, if we don’t introduce it or we do it incorrectly, you will not be able to access the information. And it’s done, it’s as simple as you can have all your compressed files with a password, this is ideal for people who handle sensitive or very important information and to send information through internet services, the cloud or by email.