To create a Compressed Folders, all you have to do is right-click and existing folder, select Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder. If you need to prevent other people from viewing the contents of the these files, you can password protect the files in the Compress Folder.
Note: Compress Folder and ZIP file, uses a simple data encryption method that will only stop the casual computer user from viewing the file. If you need more security use a more sophisticated application like PGP or GnuPG.
To assign a password to a compressed folder:
- Open the Windows Explorer, and find the compressed folder you want to password protect.
- Double-click the compressed folder to open it.
- From the File menu, select 'Add a Password...'.
- Type in your password twice and press the OK button.