Can I create a password protected folder in osx??

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  1. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    Is there anyway I can create a folder/smart folder that can be password protected?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yes.

    Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility.

    Click the New Image icon.

    Set a name, choose a size, pick AES-128 encrypted read/write disk image.

    When prompted, enter and verify your password but do not keep the "Remember password" option checked (as is the default) - doing so will allow anyone who gets to your desktop to open the folder without entering a password.

    Edit: this creates a disk image (dmg file), which you then have to open, so it isn't a folder as you requested but does get the job done. Sorry - posted an answer before thoroughly reading your request. Is this good enough?
     
  3. AJ Muni thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you very much, It was EXACTLY what I was seeking.
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Additional hint: If you choose a sparse image instead of regular disk image, it will just take up more space than the contents (plus a bit for overhead). You still have to set an upper limit, but unlike a disk image (that will take up all that space no matter how much you put into it) the sparse image will save you some space... :)

    Works exactly like described by jsw above...
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Excellent! I'd forgotten all about that! I use a number of such folders now on my work laptop - in case it's stolen - and the size reduction will be very helpful.
     
  6. tonywalker23 macrumors regular

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    im going to start doing this too!

    great question and thread
     
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    there is also some software made by Apimac, that will create an invisble folder..thats accessed by a password too
     
  9. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Just files from what I can see.
     
  10. kinnyboy macrumors newbie

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    Im going to try this too. One question though. Would this new password protected disk image be able to have its contents seen by the Finder and/or Spotlight? What i mean is, although someone cant actually access the disk image without the password, could they, by a search in Spotlight, see what's in it?

    im probably just being stupid here!!!
     
  11. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    If the image is opened, then the contents are fair game for spotlight/finder.
    The contents will also be listed on "open recent" menu on apps if they were
    accessed. But once you eject the image, the contents are no longer available
    for spotlight/finder or the "open recent" menu.

    So, your ok, just eject the image when your not using it.
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    actually cant you just add it to the not search list in the Spotlight Prefs if you don't want it searched through ever?
     
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  14. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    Spotlight won't add the image into the privacy list.
     
  15. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I had done this with my website files and one day I tried to open it and it didn't work. Said it was unreadable.

    Was great until then though.
     
  16. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Until you mount the image, it's just another file to Spotlight. It only searches volumes, and a disk image only qualifies as a volume when it's mounted.
     
  17. Jopling macrumors 6502

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    More Complicated way

    If you make a new folder and go to get info and you make it so your user only has write privileges or no privileges then give admin read and write privileges and everyone else no access, you won't be able to view the contents unless you go back in, click the lock enter the password and switch it to read and write.
     
  18. drumpat01 macrumors 6502

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    ya after all this im pretty interested to know whats in that folder too :)
     
  19. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I also have a few encrypted .dmgs... but I managed to not uncheck the password saving box. Is there a way to unenable password saving, after it's been made? I can't figure it out..

    I don't wanna have to go back through and make new ones, just so I can uncheck the box. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I haven't tried this, but I guess you should find the password in your keychain, and be able to delete it from there using Keychain Access...

    Edit: Just tried this with a test.sparseimage and I found the password and was able to delete it... now, if I could just find the sparseimage to try to open it... :) :p
     
  21. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Awesome! Thanks!

    My government secrets are safe again. :p :rolleyes:
     
  22. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    You could have just set up an account with certain priveleges so that access was not allowed into certain folders
     
  23. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    AKA "Secret Folder"

    This software simply hides a folder by adding a . to the beginning of the folder's name. It's not actually password protecting it.
    The only password "protection" is in opening the app to "unhide" your folder.
    There's no security here at all.
    It can easily be circumvented by anyone who can use Terminal.app and Google.
     
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  25. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    at least i can hide all my porn from my girlfriend now lol
     

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