Archiving and Hiding Sensitive Documents
Maybe you use ZIP files and folders to organize important documents while saving space. Or perhaps you want to share several project files in a folder without sending multiple emails.
Regardless of how you use ZIP files, you should be aware of the risks. The format is convenient, but it’s not immune to the issues any shared file faces (especially on communal computers or cloud accounts). Cybercriminals and general snoops can still manipulate archived files, so it’s a good idea to add an extra layer of security.
If you’re looking for a way to secure your ZIP files, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll show you how to password protect your folders and add layers of encryption to keep cybercriminals out for good.
What Are ZIP Files?
ZIP is an archive format that compresses files and folders, changing the extension to .zip once complete.
If you ZIP a 16Mb file, the size is commonly reduced to around 6.5Mb, which decreases the amount of space needed to store it on your drive.
What Types of Files Can Be Zipped?
The good news is you can ZIP just about any file format, including text, images, applications, and more.
However, the percentage of compression varies by the types of files you want to ZIP. Roughly 45-50% of a program file can be compressed, while you may compress around 80-90% of standard files (like image or text formats).
Commonly Compressed Files.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf, .rtf, .exe,