Zip files. Or, rather, archived files, as Apple calls them.
Grab a file or files in the Mac’s Finder, right click, and select the Compress menu item. That creates an Archive of compressed files in Zip format. Besides the fact that Apple uses three different terms for the same thing, one thing is missing.
An easy way to password protect the Archive of compressed files.
Is there an easier way to add password protection to an Archive of files? Yes. All you need is the inexpensive app called Zippersnapper.
Drag and drop files to be zipped to Zippersnapper, click Zip It, and the files are archived with a password.
Zippersnapper works from the Mac’s Menubar. Click and the app’s drag window opens. Then drag, click, and files are all zipped up nice and tidy and with a password.
There’s nothing else to remember, nothing to configure, nothing to setup, and not much to worry about other than remembering the password.
Now, why doesn’t Apple build that into OS X? I suspect it’s a support issue. Can you imagine a few million Mac users who lost the password to a zipped file getting on the phone to Apple?