This guide will quickly walk you through how to create an encrypted
,zip file on a Mac. Since MacOS and Linux systems have a lot in common, this will likely work on any Linux distributions too.
- Move the files you want to compress and encrypt to your Desktop.
- Open Terminal by pressing
SPACEand searching for Terminal in the search window that pops up.
Run the following command to zip and encrypt the selected files:
zip -e ~/Desktop/zip-file.zip ~/Desktop/secret.txt
Enter a password to encrypt your
Enter the password again to make sure it’s correct.
zipapplication will compress your file(s) into a
.zipand encrypt it at the same time.
It’s a good idea to delete the raw file(s) now so no-one can access them without using the password. To do this enter the following into the terminal:
rm -rf secret.txt where secret.txt is the name of your file. If you have more than one, simply add on the names of the file like this:
rm -rf secret.txt secret_two.jpg third_file.docx something-else.mp3.