You can set password protection for WinRAR compressed files. Windows 10, the compressed file utility for Windows users, can help you protect your files with a password. You can set the password for the archive when you create it. When you uncompress the file, you will have to enter a password before you can view the files inside.
If you want to add a password to a previously compressed file, you will think that is impossible. The easiest way to add a password to a compressed file is to uncompress it and then compress it. You can set a password when you compress it. However, there is an easier way to do this using WinRAR software. You do not need to flush the file or do anything similar.
Here’s what you need to do, according to AddictiveTips.
First, you need to install WinRAR Windows 10 software into your system. Right-click on the compressed file and select Open with WinRAR/Open with WinRAR.
Next, go to Tools> Convert archives. Or just press Ctrl + Q.
The Convert Archives window will open. The compressed file you have right-clicked will be added to the Archives to convert section. All you need to do at this screen is to press the Compression button.
The compression button will open the Set default compression options window. You will find this window very familiar if you ever set the password for the compressed file during the compression of your file. Press the Set Password button.
Enter the password in the Enter Password window. At this point, you also have the option to encrypt the archive. You can select it to WinRAR. Windows 10 just added a password to the archive, and just encrypted the file for you.
WinRAR Windows 10 will take time to encrypt and password protect compressed files. The larger the encrypted file, the longer the password and encoding time will be.
When this process is complete, you will receive a new compressed file. WinRAR Windows 10 will not overwrite old files. This new file will be password protected. The original file remains the same and still has no password. Be careful when you share them. You can select the option to delete the original compressed file after creating the new compressed file in the Set Password window.
Adding passwords to compressed files will save you a lot of time. Normally, you will spend a lot of time if you uncompress the file first and then compress it. For large files compressed, the compression will be very long and this tip will remove that nuisance.