How to Password Protect RAR File

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RAR is a file compression software that can compress multiple files in one folder. The basic difference between RAR and Zip is that, RAR reduces the file size in greater amount. RAR provides a very useful feature, that is, a user can actually lock his/her file with a password. A password protected RAR file cannot be accessed unless you enter the correct password in it. With this kind of security, people show complete trust in RAR software. In this article, we are going to talk about how to password protect RAR file successfully.

People always try to secure the files that contain their precious information and try to put all those files in one place. For that they use RAR archive software, which can compress multiple files in one place. RAR also reduces the size of the files. Almost every person who uses computer, uses this amazing software. There are people who don't know how to password protect a RAR file. For protecting a RAR file with password, two cases are generated.

To apply password protection to a RAR file, just follow these steps.

1. Create RAR Password Protected only to view but not to be Extracted

You can actually lock the RAR file so that somebody can view it, but not edit. In this case, when somebody tries to open your file, the folder will open and he/she will be able to view the files in it but not extract them. Not extracting those means that he/she cannot make any changes to files. For such, follow these easy steps.

Step 1: Run the WinRar software in your computer.

Step 2: Click on "Wizard" in the toolbar.

Step 3: Select the option "Create a new archive".

 Create new Archive

Step 4: You will be asked to choose the file you want to archive.

Step 5: When you are done selecting your file, press "Next".

Step 6: Click the button "Set Password".

 Set Password

Step 7: A new window will open asking for password.

Step 8: Check the "Show Password" checkbox and you will have to enter the password twice.

show password

Step 9: After entering the password twice, press "OK" and your RAR file will be encrypted with a password for view only.

2. Create RAR Password Protected not to be Opened, Viewed and Extracted

You can actually add password to RAR file so that no one can even view, edit or extract them. This case is very critical as more people want to apply this type of security to their file. To apply this type of security, you just need to follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Run the WinRar software in your computer.

Step 2: Click on "Wizard" in the toolbar.

Step 3: Select the option "Create a new archive".

Step 4: You will be asked to choose the file you want to archive.

Step 5: When you are done selecting your file, press "Next".

Step 6: Click the button "Set Password".

Step 7: A new window will open asking for password.

Step 8: While you set the password, check both the checkboxes "Show Password" and "Encrypt file names" and then press "OK".

Encrypt File Names

Step 9: Now go and open your RAR folder and it will ask you to enter the password before you may do anything to it.

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Lost RAR Password

You can apply any sort of password protection to your RAR folder so that you can protect your precious files from others. But what if you forget the password you did set to your RAR folder? As RAR doesn't provide any sort of Forgot Password functionality, user has to unlock the RAR file himself/herself.

If you cannot find any local method to unlock your RAR file, there is an online software, PassFab for RAR, that can help you recover your RAR file password if you have forgotten the password for it. This amazing software promises 100% recovery guarantee. The software is really fast and easy to use. The software uses three basic kind of attacks, Brute force Attack, Brute force with Mask and Dictionary Attack. To unlock your RAR file forgotten password, you need to follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Download and run the software.

Step 2: Import your RAR file into the software by hitting "Add" button.

rar password recovery

Step 3: Select the type of attack you want to unlock your RAR file password with.

dictionary attack

Step 4: Click on "Start" and the password will be displayed in this software.

recover

Summary

RAR files can be easily protected from the unwanted people by applying password to them. A user can apply password to the RAR file with two options, either he wants others to view the files but not edit them or he want no one to even view or make any changes to it. In the above article, we have seen how to protect RAR file with password.

We have also discussed about an amazing online tool for the people who somehow forgot their RAR file password and cannot recover it. That online tool can recover the password within minutes. If you can find any other useful information regarding this topic, please feel free to tell us and we will surely look into it. Thank you.

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