I wanted to send some sensitive information to someone else, and wanted to protect the file. It was mainly text.
Natively in Windows for Zip but NOT home edition
I hadn’t really done this before so I looked into doing a password protect on a zip file in windows 10, but you can’t with the home edition, apparently you can with other editions
So alternative is to use 3rd party tools. WinRar & 7Zip, and apparently, in 7Zip you need to save as .zip type not .7zip to allow others to easily unzip with password. I was impressed with the &zip functionality in the video below:
I then wondered about the Free installer/uninstaller program HIM NIS Edit, but that does not have the option to password protect the installer file (I suppose that makes sense, after all, it’s the intention to actually install files , so stopping the program from doing so doesn’t really make sense).
Word & other office Docs encryption
I was actually working in a Word Document and it has its own encryption, I tried encrypting it with a password and then reading it with a text editor file. I couldn’t and it showed the type of encryption it was using. I was quite impressed.
This is from version 2016 onwards apparently. I do recall cracking Excel password locked files in the past. I’m not sure you can do that nowerdays.
I found the whole idea of password protected files interesting, I hadn’t thought about them before. The zip files were particularly interesting, I may have to play around with that in the future.