Nowadays, many people write and store many sensitive and confidential files on their Mac. One of the concerns is the security of the data. Some users may want to create encrypted Zip files on Mac to keep the special folder away from spying eyes. This post will show you how to protect a Zip folder with a password on Mac.
Part 1: How to Create Password Protected Zip Folder on Mac
Find the file or folder you want to lock and right-click on it, select “Compress” and click the mouse to zip the file.
Go to Finder, scroll down to “Utilities” and select “Terminal” from the folder. Or you press command and space keys at the same time to launch the Spotlights search. Type “Terminal” in Spotlight on Mac to open it.
Type the following command to encrypt a file or folder. zip -e archive_name target_folder zip -er archive_name target_folder
Then the archive utility window will pop out and ask you to enter a password. Type into the password and click “OK”.
Verify the password by typing it again when prompted and click “OK” to close the window.
Part 2: How to Open Encrypted Zip Files on Mac
To unlock a password protected Zip file, double click it and then enter the password. Or you can right click on it and choose an application you want to use to open it.
However, if you forgot the password for the encrypted Zip file or folder, things will become a little annoying. You can still choose the “Terminal” application to unlock it.
Open “Terminal Utility” on your Mac by searching in the Spotlights or fining the icon on Launchpad.
When the Terminal window shows up, type “unzip -P password (Drag zip file) -d (Drag your destination folder)”.
Press “Enter” and it will show the password for the locked Zip file in seconds.
Now you can double-click the Zip and enter the password to get access to it quickly.
Note: If you have created an encrypted Zip file on Windows 7/8/10 computer, you can try ZIP Password Recovery, professional Zip password cracking software to restore the lost password with high efficiency and lighting speed.