Clear Windows inbuilt zip password store

#1
I have a password protected zip file. When I dbl click it, windows opens it and asks for the password before I can view the files inside the zip. However I have noticed that when I put the PC into hibernate and then switch the PC on again, windows has remembered the password and I dont have to enter it again. This is not secure for my needs. Is there a setting somewhere where I tell windows to forget the password on major events such as going to sleep or hibernating etc. Or, if not, is there a way to manually flush it's password store?
 


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Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
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#2
If the zip is open when it hibernates then the file is unlocked then it will remain unlocked. Zip files are not that secure anyways, so I wouldn't worry about it to much. If you want real security and you have a Pro version of Windows you can create an encrypted VHD file which is much more secure.
 


#3
Hi, thanks for the reply.

It seems to remember the password even if the zip file is closed (inc closing down windows explorer).

I think you are saying that windows in-built zip is not very secure. Can you recommend an alternative (I dont have windows pro)?
 


Neemobeer

Windows Forum Team
Staff member
#4
You can create encrypted containers with VeraCrypt VeraCrypt - Home
 


#5
ok thanks. I will try that.
 


BIGBEARJEDI

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#6
Password protection and file/folder/volume encryption are 2 different animals. This can cause problems with backups and image backups later on. I would suggest that if you don't need encryption, but just better password protection, try the 7zip program which is free, and they also have a better low-cost paid version too which should solve your problem without all the backup issues you're liable to run into with encryption methods.
Just a thought.

<<<BIGBEARJEDI>>> :brew:
 


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