Step-by-step guide: Encrypting ZIP files in Windows

With Windows built-in encryption feature, you can easily encrypt ZIP files to protect them from curious eyes. In this guide, we'll show you step by step how to do it.

Step 1: Create a ZIP file

First, you need to create a ZIP file that you want to encrypt. To do this, simply select the files or folders you want to add and right-click on one of the files. In the context menu, select "Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder".

Alternatively, you can use a free zip program like 7-Zip or WinZip to create a ZIP file.

Step 2: Encrypt the ZIP file

To encrypt the ZIP file, you'll need a password. Remember to write down or remember the password, as you'll need it later to open the ZIP file.

  • Right-click on the ZIP file and select 'Properties' from the context menu.
  • In the 'Properties' window, go to the 'Encrypt' tab.
  • Check the box next to 'Encrypt contents to secure data'.
  • Enter and confirm a password.
  • Click 'OK' to save the settings.

Step 3: Keep the password for the ZIP file safe

Remember that the password for the ZIP file is important, as you'll need it to access the files in the ZIP file. Keep the password safe, such as in a password manager or a secure document on your computer.

Done! Now you know how to encrypt a ZIP file in Windows to protect it from curious eyes.