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Add password protection to zipped folders

One feature that was available with zipped folders in Windows XP is gone from Windows 7 . When creating a new archive, you no longer have the option to add a password to protect the file from casual snoops. The alternative is to use a third-party program . You have many choices, including the venerable WinZip (, which costs $30 per copy. We prefer two freeware alternatives . The simple SecureZIP Express ( was developed by PKWare, whose founder originally created the Zip format. A full-featured alternative is IZArc (, which supports a huge number of compression formats, including ISO disk images, and also allows you to secure compressed files using 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. It integrates neatly into Windows Explorer.

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