Apple pretty much killed the old Stuffit app from the last century when the company introduced OS X with the built-in ZIP archive feature. Select a file, files, folder, or folder of files in the Finder, right click, and select Compress from the pop up contextual menu.
What’s not to like? The ZIP archive feature is free, easy, and ZIP files go almost everywhere. Add them as email attachments, upload to an online server via sFTP or FTP, or save them as an archive of important files on iCloud, Dropbox, or wherever.
It’s easy. Except for one thing.
Let’s say that you want to add a password to the ZIP archive. You know. For security. And, you want the ZIP archive to be encrypted. You know. For security. Well, you can do just that in OS X with 17 easy steps using the Terminal.app in the Utilities folder.
Or, just grab EZipMaker and make the process a few steps to add a password to the ZIP archive and encrypt the whole shebang.
Here’s how it works. Open EZipMaker and you get a dialog box. Select the files or folders you want to archive.
You’re almost done. Now all you need to do is add a password after you select the files to ZIP.
And, add it again to make sure.
EZipMaker zips up the archive, encrypts it, and adds a password for extra protection. It also asks if you’d prefer to zip up each individual file as a Single archive or all the files in one Multi-archive.
What could be easier?
See? Adding a password to an encrypted archive just became child’s play. EZipMaker costs a few bucks but is a big timesaver. What I don’t understand is why the developer doesn’t bother to promote the app on the website. All that’s there is a link back to MacUpdate.
Regardless, the utility is useful and easier to use than Terminal.app.