If you often interact with sensitive documents, you might want to know how to secure a new or a previously created RAR archive.
There are many compression and encryption solutions. Many of them are very effective, but require complex procedures for use. Also, they may not be useful if you’re in a hurry and you want to gain some extra space without compromising data security. In such situations, you’d better learn how to secure an RAR archive. Although not very obvious, besides encrypting a new archive, there are also some steps you can use if you want to set a password for an older archive.
How to secure a new RAR archive
In this tutorial, we will use for exemplification the WinRAR compression tool. You can find a free download link here. The other archiving programs are more or less similar to it.
Start the archiving process by right clicking on the folder(s) or file(s) you want to compress. Choose Add to RAR Archive option. Among the available options, choose Set Password on the lower right side. Enter the desired password twice to make sure you have typed it correctly and confirm with Ok in both open windows.
How to secure an existing RAR archive
For a file that is already compressed, the procedure is a bit different. We have two options. The obvious solution would be to unzip the file and archive it again with a password. Depending on the archive size this could be a lengthy process.
The second way to do it is by right clicking on the archive and choose the Open with WinRAR option. In the new window, go to the Tools menu and choose Convert Archives. Choose Compression on the lower right side. Click on Set password, enter twice the password you want and confirm with OK twice. Wait for a few seconds for the system to complete the compression process and you are all set.
Do you tend to be careful when it comes to data security? What other measures do you take to protect your information? Let us know in a comment if you want to know other ways to protect your data. Till then we recommend you learn how to protect your USB drive. Thanks!