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Password Protect ZIP files

The ZIP file plugin supports password protected ZIP files, compatible with programs such as WinZip™.

Encryption Method

Three different methods are supported:

Password to use for Encryption

You can enter a password that will be used for all zip files, or you can let the ZIP file plugin generate random passwords for you.

Use this Password

If you want all ZIP files to have (basically) the same password, enter it here.

Append the first 3 letters of the zipfile name to this password

To make the password a bit more unique for each zipfile, select this option. This option will add the first 3 characters of the name of the zipfile to your password. So, if you have entered "My Secret Pass!" in the password field, and the zipfile "Goodmorning.zip" is created, the password for this zipfile will be "My Secret Pass!goo". Note that the 3 letters will always be lowercase.

Append the Day-Of-Month to this Password

This option will add 2 extra numbers to your password (01 - 31), depending on the day the zip file is created.

Add files to existing ZIP Note: This option is not available if you have selected the option "Add files to existing ZIP" on the main settings window. The problem is that the ZIP file plugin can not recompress password protected files inside existing ZIP files.


Automatically Create a Random Password

Another possibility is to let the ZIP plugin automatically create random passwords for you. The password it will create will be 12 to 16 characters long, and consists of characters from this set:

qazwsxedcrfvtgbyhnujmklp
QAZWSXEDCRFVTGBYHNUJMKLP
-=@%*?98765432_(){}$

A typical example of a random password: 8tHFq?jdu-)Ku
When a zipfile is created, the plugin will write the time, filename and password to a ;-delimited file. The name and location of this file depends on what you enter in the edit box:

The password for C:\Test\Hello.zip
is written to
If you leave the filename blankC:\Test\Hello_password.csv
If you enter the directory C:\PasswordsC:\Passwords\Hello_password.csv
If you enter the file C:\Passwords.csvC:\Passwords.csv

Add files to existing ZIP Note: This option is not available if you have selected the option "Add files to existing ZIP" on the main settings window. The problem is that the ZIP file plugin can not recompress password protected files inside existing ZIP files.