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Putting a Password on a Windows StuffIt File

Putting a Password on a Windows StuffIt File

 

Overview

With StuffIt, encrypting a file (putting a password on it) is no more complicated than typing in a password and then giving that password to the person who is supposed to get the encrypted file. This makes sure only the people you want to read the data can do so.

NOTE: There are no "back doors" to the encrypted archives created with StuffIt (that would kind of defeat the whole purpose of encrypting it). Smith Micro has no access to the passwords used when creating an encrypted archive and this data is NOT stored in the program. If you forget the password to an encrypted archive, you will not be able to extract its contents.

 

Meeting the Wizard

Open StuffIt and makde sure that you are on the General / Wizards tab. Click NEW ARCHIVE to start the process of creating your password protected file.

 

Collecting Ingredients

 

After clicking NEW ARCHIVE, this window will appaer. Click on ADD ITEMS and browse to the file that you want to encrypt. After selecting your file click ADD and then click OK to see the item placed in your list.

 

Stirring The Pot

 

This screen is where you take a regular file and send it to information protection school. Check that the FORMAT dropdown menu reads as either STUFFITX or ZIP. Click the ENCRYPT checkbox and then fill in the PASSWORD and CONFIRM fields to the right to give the archive a password.

 

The Wizard Conjures the Archive

 

In this next screen, you have the option of creating the archive now, or scheduling to create this archive later. RUN NOW is the default selection, so we will leave this alone and click NEXT. You will see the STUFFIT ARCHIVE PROGRESS window appear (pictured below). This will show you the progress StuffIt has made in creating your encrypted archive and give you an ESTIMATED TIME of completion.

 
 

The Wizard Disappears

 

After the archive is created, this window will appear. Click FINISH to close this window.

 

Done!

Now whenever your encrypted file is opened, the password you typed in will be required. Now, not just anyone can open it!

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