How to password-protect a ZIP file on Mac

File Zip and Encryptor Folder Added

You can password-protect a PDF on your Mac along with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents pretty easily. But when it comes to a ZIP file, it’s not quite as simple.

You may have a group of files you want to send securely for business, financial, or other reasons. While more difficult than other types of files on your Mac, it’s not impossible. Here, we’ll show you a couple of ways to password-protect a ZIP file on your Mac.

How to quickly zip and unzip files and folders on Mac

Unzip Archive File on Mac

If you need to send a few files, compressing them into a ZIP file helps to reduce their size and makes them easier to send. There might even be a time when you need to zip a few folders. Luckily, your Mac comes with a built-in tool to do this and that same tool is used behind the scenes when you need to unzip files or folders you receive.

If you haven’t done this yet, we’re here to help. Here’s how to quickly zip and unzip files and folders on your Mac.

How to zip and unzip files on iPhone or iPad

iOS 11 goes a long way in turning the iPad into a full-fledged laptop replacement. The operating system handles more complex tasks, improves multitasking, adds Drag and Drop support, and more. Managing compressed files is also easier than ever.

We will observe three different ways to work with zipped files. First, we will see how to view zip files in the Files app, then we'll see how to zip and unzip files using either Share Sheet extensions or Drag and Drop. Aside from an iPad or iPhone running iOS 11, you need one of two applications we tested: Kpressor and Zipped.

How to open ZIP files on iPhone using the Notes app

Although neither Apple's Safari nor Google's Chrome browser can extract files from ZIP archives on iOS, it has been discovered that Apple's Notes app lets users view the contents of ZIP files by taking advantage of iOS's built-in file attachment viewers.

Starting with iOS 9, Notes has received several new features, among them support for adding content to a new or existing note through iOS's multi-purpose Share menu in apps like Safari, Maps, Pages and more.

As it turns out, you can also use iOS's Share menu in conjunction with the “Open In” feature to add a downloaded ZIP file to a note on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

WhatsApp testing ZIP chat export feature, Facebook to gain ‘post via WhatsApp’ button

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is about to integrate more tightly with the social networking firm's mobile client, as discovered Monday by German blog

Facebook is testing the forthcoming version update to WhatsApp for iOS which will permit users to export their chat archive as a ZIP file.

Currently, WhatsApp lets you back up and restore chat history via iCloud, so the addition of ZIP chat exporting will make it easier for users to download their instant messages to a computer.

In addition, Facebook is also testing a new WhatsApp integration in its mobile application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.