Select the file in the Finder. Right-click and select Compress in the contextual menu. What if you want to add password protection to the zipped file? That’s not quite so easy. You’ll need a third party utility or overcome your fear of Terminal.app.
Terminal? Or, ZipperSnapper?
For the budget minded who want to add password protection to a zipped up archive of files, you can do it right from the Terminal.app.
OSX Daily has a wonderful tutorial with a dozen steps. Follow each step closely and you’ll be able to zip up an archive and give it password protection for free.
Or, you could spend a few dollars– as in, less than half the cost of a trip to Starbucks– and do it even easier and faster and in drag and drop style.
Install ZipperSnapper on your Mac. The app lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s available not only in the Finder but in pretty much every Mac app.
Click ZipperSnapper in the Menubar, then, drag a file or folder of files to the drop zone.
Enter a password to protect the compressed archive of files, and, well, you’re done. ZipperSnapper zips up the files in the standard .zip format, and adds the password for additional protection.
Now, as to extra features, well, there are none that I can find. All it does is zip up files or folders of files and adds a password.
As most Mac users have learned, Macs and Windows PCs treat zipped archives a bit differently, but ZipperSnapper doesn’t care. The zipped archives, even though they may be visible in some Windows PC zip apps, can’t be opened without the password.
Not free, but almost, and it’s exactly the kind of Mac utility that once you use it, you won’t want to have a Mac without it..