So you've just finished a download, and now you have a cryptic ".zip" file sitting on your hard drive. You've heard of Zip and WinZip, but no one has ever explained it to you. What do you do now?
Q1: What is a Zip File?
Ans: A Zip file is sometimes called an "archive" file. The Zip file itself is really just a container... it holds the real files inside it. The purpose behind the Zip file is transportation and storage. The Zip file acts like a ziploc sandwich bag - it holds contents inside for easy transporting and storage. This makes Zip files (and their counterpart Rar files) very valuable to file sharers and downloaders.
Q2: How Do Zip Files Work?
Ans: A Zip file achieves three things:
- It bundles one or more files into a single container file.
- It compresses (archives) its contents to be as much as 90% smaller size.
- It can provide an optional password padlock on its contents.
Q3: Is 'Zip' the same as 'WinZip'?
Ans: Although many people confuse the two, they are technically different.
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