If you're on Windows, you might think, but why? Well, Mac doesn't offer a GUI interface for password-protecting zips.
Yes, bizarre, right?
We can right-click a file/folder and
compress it into a zip.
But we can protect our zip files by using our best friend
The Terminal password!
Using terminal to password protect zip files on Mac
So let's open our favorite terminal program (mine is iTerm2) and enter the following command.
zip -er ~/Desktop/super_secure.zip ~/Desktop/secure.csv
The parameters are as follows:
zip- The actual zip command
-er- Encrypt Recursive
~/Desktop/super_secure.zip- Output zip name
~/Desktop/secure.csv- Input file/folder
Once we run this, we get prompted to type a password.
You don't see any input on these password fields!
Press enter, and you need to verify the password.
We now created a secure zip.
If we try to open this zip, we see the following prompt.