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Setting a password on a .RAR file couldn't be easier, and it's a great way to keep almost any type of file safe from prying eyes. Here's how:

1. Open Winrar and browse to the files you want. If they're saved all over the place, it might be an idea to move them all to one folder, and compress that. Give the folder an informative name so you can easily identify it later.

2. Right click and choose Add files to archive. A new window will open.

3. The Winrar options for creating a new file can look a bit complex, but don't worry. You can modify lots of options, but you don't have to. Just make sure to choose where the new, locked file will be saved, and what it will be called.

4. Of course, the most important step is to apply the password. To do this, hit the Advanced tab > Set password. An Enter password dialog will appear - it needs to be secure, so pick a good one!

5. Once Winrar creates your locked RAR, it will look like any other. You can email, save, move and share it as normal, but when someone tries to open any of the files it contains, it will ask them for a password.

One thing to bear in mind - even though someone will need to enter a password before they can open the files, if they open the RAR with Winrar or an app like Peazip, they'll be able to see the file names without actually opening them. You might want to bear that in mind when you call that photo Crazyparty2012.jpg, ok?!

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  • Afnan khan |
    14/05/12
    Afnan khan

    thanx

  • m.sharjeel iqbal joyia |
    20/07/12
    m.sharjeel iqbal joyia

    it is too good

  • hasib |
    22/10/12
    hasib

    thanks its really nice

  • aziz |
    04/11/12
    aziz

    nice

  • black dog |
    04/01/13
    black dog

    thx

  • Jess Credo |
    25/01/13
    Jess Credo

    thank you

  • pankaj |
    12/02/13
    pankaj

    thanx vaia

  • samin |
    07/06/13
    samin

    very useful thanks! :D

  • Alabahem gal |
    08/06/13
    Alabahem gal

    Awesome man who ever did this , really thanks!!!!!!!!

  • Ram |
    06/07/13
    Ram

    got it

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    08/07/13
    kaaaaaaaz

    thanks

  • ashish |
    11/07/13
    ashish

    thankss sir

  • rekcah |
    11/07/13
    rekcah

    got it..thanks..

  • Bastard asshole |
    23/07/13
    Bastard asshole

    i love you

  • Phoenix |
    23/07/13
    Phoenix

    thanx

  • Moz |
    08/08/13
    Moz

    Thank you was very usefull

  • hamid |
    16/08/13
    hamid

    Thanks a lot. It was so useful to me... sometimes gmail does not allow you to send exe files, i think this is the best way to send exe files to the friends by compressing and then encrypting them using winrar.

  • Rain |
    19/08/13
    Rain

    This is genius ...:) keep it up

  • WinRAR Addict |
    06/09/13
    WinRAR Addict

    WinRAR is the best (#1!)

  • rahid |
    18/09/13
    rahid

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  • SE7501BR2 |
    19/09/13
    SE7501BR2

    Thanks for this operation

  • kirty |
    28/09/13
    kirty

    Thank you loads dr :D

  • muhammadbilal.depal |
    15/11/13
    muhammadbilal.depal

    Thanks for this operation

  • ramy.ganem.1 |
    25/08/14
    ramy.ganem.1

    how to prevent winrar from viewing the files of the archive by asking for the password before the archieve even opens.

  • lukkuman.kollam |
    19/11/14
    lukkuman.kollam

    really helpful

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