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Windows 7: Securing a zip file

15 Feb 2012   #11
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I downloaded WinRAR.

It works intuitively. Finally. Will glady pay the $29 for software that works.

HOWEVER, I have the issue described above . I cannot seem to prortect the file itself - it sill exposes all the contents. How does one addresss this??

Manaily placing a zip file inside another zip file would work, but that a pain, and I never ever ever had to do that in the past.


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15 Feb 2012   #12
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I would go back to 7zip since it has that functionality built-in, including the option of creating a self extractor. It has to work somehow even if the context menu items changed. Is there a 7zip program listed on your start menu you can run to create the encrypted zip?

And have you talked to your accountant about this? Does he have a procedure in place he uses with other customers? Is he even willing to deal with this file you plan on sending him?

If he has an SFTP or HTTPS site or something you could just securely send the file from a web or FTP program without you or him having to use any further software...
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15 Feb 2012   #13
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
I would go back to 7zip since it has that functionality built-in, including the option of creating a self extractor. It has to work somehow even if the context menu items changed. Is there a 7zip program listed on your start menu you can run to create the encrypted zip?

And have you talked to your accountant about this? Does he have a procedure in place he uses with other customers? Is he even willing to deal with this file you plan on sending him?

If he has an SFTP or HTTPS site or something you could just securely send the file from a web or FTP program without you or him having to use any further software...
I would like to avoid self-extracting EXEs. I wouldn't open them myself!! I just want to be able to create a password protected zip file like I used to 20 years ago.

I am at a loss why this is no longer a standard thing.

I wrote tech support at Win RAR. I am a near expert user - something is off here.
I know "I" could be the one who is off, but this is so basic.

On 7-zip, it only works off the start menu.... and has the same issue in terms of no ability to protect the contents - all the file names remain exposed... only the files themselves are password protected. Totally useless.

Do any of you have things configured such that opening the zip file itself prompts for the password?????
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15 Feb 2012   #14
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Do you have 7-zip setup to use the shell context menu?
Securing a zip file-7-zip-file-manager.pngSecuring a zip file-options.png

I just encrypted a zip with a .png in it and I need a password to see it.
Jerry
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15 Feb 2012   #15
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Per post #4, its as if I have a completely different program. I see none of that.

I do not see any of those screens.

I downloaded 7-zip from the links provided. All i can see is a useless file manager - no options whatsover

So , what version do you have?

What is the EXACT URL that would take me to download that EXACT version?

The version I have is this:


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15 Feb 2012   #16
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

What is even more fasicanting is that your file not protected at all form my perpective; that is, I can see the names of the files it contains:


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15 Feb 2012   #17
Bongo

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15 Feb 2012   #18
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mediaman09 View Post
What is even more fasicanting is that your file not protected at all form my perpective; that is, I can see the names of the files it contains:
Can you open it?
It's just a name give it anything
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15 Feb 2012   #19
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mediaman09 View Post
What is even more fasicanting is that your file not protected at all form my perpective; that is, I can see the names of the files it contains:
Can you open it?
It's just a name give it anything
Suppose I have 20 files - one for each girl on a soccer league. The files are named:
- Jane Doe
- Sally Green
- etc.

Each of the 20 files has contact info. I want to password protect the entire zip file so you cannot even see the names of the files. I do not want you to see the names Jane Doe, Sally Green etc. I dont want the file names exposed!! Currently they are - just like yours.

Years back this was a no brainer! Click on teh zip - you are pormpted for a password.

Why is this no longer possible??????????????
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15 Feb 2012   #20
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 
How to password protect a Zip/Rar

Hi mediaman09, I just tested this and this password protects the whole zip:

Download WinRAR.

1: Open WinRAR, select Options and then Settings
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2: Click on the Integration Tab and select everything and integrate it into Shell.
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3: Next find the file you want to lock in Windows Explorer, Right Click, select WinRAR and select Add to Archive.
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4: On the General Tab select RAR as the Archive Format and select Lock archive.
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5: Now go to the Advanced Tab and select Save file security and Set Password to set the password.
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6: Type in your desired password and press OK.
Note   Note
Don't forget to Encrypt it

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7: You should get a confirmation asking for a password when you try to open the file:
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8: If you try open the file with another software like 7-Zip, it will still ask for a password.
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Note   Note
Remember, the person trying to open needs some software that can extract RAR's, for example 7Zip, WinZip, PeaZip, etc


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