Hiding something from spotlight

Discussion in 'macOS' started by excalibur313, May 4, 2005.

  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

    excalibur313

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    So I was curious how you can keep spotlight from coming up with results from a particular file. Now I know that you can drag that folder into the privacy box in the system preferences but I want more. I just don't want anyone who knows os x to be able to go in and find all the folders that I decide to hide and then open them. No, I would like some flag I can set on the folder itself so that it just won't show up. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Stephen
     
  2. noel4r macrumors 6502a

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    I dont think one should be embarassed by the amount of porn one has on his computer. ;)
     
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Should we be proud instead?
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    I'm not at my Tiger Mac right now, so I'm guessing a little bit, but can't you simply lock the System Preferences so that they'd need an admin password to change your spotlight settings?

    Besides, if they can know where to add it in spotlight, couldn't they just look for it manually?

    If you really want to hide something, create a password-protect disk image using Disk Utility and store your stuff there. I don't think spotlight will search the contents of an unmounted image (especially if it's on the privacy list) and no one would be able to mount it without a password.
     
  5. noel4r macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm, proud is a little too much. Maybe comfortable or unashamed.
     
  6. virividox macrumors 601

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    spotlight doesnt search across user accounts does it?

    not that i have anything to hide :)
     
  7. quackattack macrumors 6502a

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    I would put all of my uhem... sensitive files in an encrypted .dmg file. Spotlight can't find them in there!

    You can make one with disk utility.
     
  8. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What I'm trying to do is hide a bunch of pdf that are of a sensitive nature. I use them though so putting them in dmg is kind of a pain.
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    .dmg is probably your best bet in this scenario, though. Just place it in your Dock to open it when you need it.
     
  10. marknicholls macrumors 6502

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    Damn right we should be proud!!!! If your not a wanker, your a lier!!
     
  11. excalibur313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiosity when I get info now on either a folder or a file there is this new tab called spotlight comments. What exactly is this?
     
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I believe you can attach comments to any file, and then search for these via Spotlight.
     

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