How to Encrypt and Password Protect Files from Anywhere

The easiest and fastest way to encrypt a file is to create a zip folder and add a password to it. Well, you might have a compression utility on your system, but what if you need to work on a brand new system that doesn't have Winzip or Winrar. Plus, you need to send someone an important file quickly. In such situations, you need to work smart and encrypt the file differently. And, that smart way is to do it through a web browser.

Encrypt password protected file from anywhere
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Encrypt and password protect your web browser files

Now, after considering the above scenario, your new system must have a web browser. So we will encrypt and password protect the file using a web application called Zipit. This web application will encrypt your file and allow you to add a password to it. After doing this, an HTML file will be generated. You need to download the encrypted file from the page. But, you can only download when you unlock the file using the password.

So you start by downloading the file. Once the file is downloaded, you will be asked to enter the password.

Zipit password prompt

Then download the . html file. Now here comes the interesting part. Anyone who owns this file and also owns the password can unlock the file. Then you just need to send the .html file to the relevant person along with the password. You can encrypt any document, file and image. There is no cloud between the two. The file is encrypted inside the .html file.

This is what the page looks like. The file will be unlocked when you enter the password.

Zipit unlock HTML page

Zipit.io on Android Browser

You can also use Zipit.io on your Android browser. First, let's look at the unlock .html page on your phone's browser. If you try to open the .html you will be able to open it via HTML Viewer. The viewer will display the page but not unlock it. You will need an actual web browser for the page to work.

Well, you might not have a web browser in the options. In this case, download this small Android application which will offer you the said options.

Open in browser option

Chrome browser options

Your default browser will not appear in Open with options if it does not have access to files on the SD card. Especially if it's Chrome. But, in the case of Firefox, it will appear. This is because Firefox has the necessary access. Below is the screenshot of Chrome and Firefox.

Zipit HTML page on Chrome

Zipit HTML page on Firefox

Now, uploading a file to Zipit.io from your Android browser will only give you the options to upload images. There is no File Manager option available. And it's a bit buggy. Sometimes it doesn't even download anything. However, you can unlock things perfectly on your Android phone.


The web application is completely secure and there is no cloud in the middle. You can check the privacy page of the web application. Also, let us know what you think. Is this the easiest way to protect and encrypt files? Do you know of any other means of fast encryption in such cases? Let us know.