How do you hide/protect your most sensitive materials?

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  1. About2SwitchOvr macrumors regular

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    In my case, it would be a couple of doc and excel files.
    I have a 20" mac running OSX, 768 megs @ 1.25 gigs.

    I want to either hide them, or password protect them. Hide, I guess I can bury them deep into some sub-folders, but is there a way to make them invisible?

    THANKS!
     
  2. macrlz9 macrumors 6502

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    what i always do is i make a new disk image with disk utility, password protect it, and throw all of my files on it! i put the disk image in my documents folder and i have a shortcut in the side bar so all i have to do is click on the "personal stuff" icon in the side bar, enter my password, then a disk image appears with all myt stuff in it!
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed! This is the best way to protect your, er, sensitive files. ;)

    To be specific:

    • Open Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility.
    • Click the "New Image" icon in the toolbar (or use Images->New...->Blank Image)
    • Fill in "Save as:" field with a name.
    • Select an appropriate size
    • Set the excryption to AES-128
    • Keep the format as "read/write disk image"
    • Click "Create"
    • You'll be prompted for a password - enter one
    • Very important: Unselect "Remember password (add to Keychain)" before clicking OK to set the password.

    This creates the password-protected .dmg file. Double-click it to open it (supply the password, and don't opt to store it in your keychain, or else anyone in your account can open it). It then looks like a mounted disk image - drag things into/out of it. Eject it to return it to it's password-protected state.
     
  4. About2SwitchOvr thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great, thanks for the information.
    I'm going to try this now :)
     
  5. 7on macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I do use the disk utility method too. What is niftier is to change the icon for the disk image into a folder icon. Then someone just browsing through will also just over look it as an empty folder (in columns view empty folders lack the arrow on the left and a sparsedisk image with it's icon changed will appear to be just that).
     
  6. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    but don't most people throw out empty folders?
     
  7. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    I hide my secret files under my mattress where nobody will every look for them. ;)
     
  8. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

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    I usually just password protect in Word. Under the preferences, you can password protect documents. Also, for any PDF's, I run them through Acrobat and make a protected PDF. It's really cool. BTW, I've forgotten the password to some Word documents before (but I had the password in a file in my Keychain), and tried to open the documents with everything I could on my Mac. Nothing was shown in the document, work or password. Very cool.
    –Chase
     
  9. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Uh, password protected Word files are fairly easy to break (to see the content inside the document).

    Sushi
     
  10. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    I use LameSecure. It suits my needs perfectly, and sounds like it should suit yours too. It's Freeware, however, it's currently not available for download from their site. I can send you a copy via email later on today. Just contact me.
     
  11. ethernet76 macrumors 6502a

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    In OS 9 resedit was a nice tool for making files invisible.

    Otherwise all my files are stored in an invisible file on my iPod.

    I don't like passwording because they're a hassle.

    However, if my iPod were stolen or broken, I'm SOL.

    The real question is where do you hide your porn so people don't find it?

    Also, I'm assuming you could modify permissions on folders and set them to nobody or root so you'd have to be a superuser to access them.
     
  12. m.r.m. macrumors regular

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    everybody was being so james bond about it, but you had to be so direct, didn´t you! :eek: :D
     
  13. couchpotatoe macrumors newbie

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    Invisible files

    You can also make the disk image you create invisible using terminal. all you have to do is rename it with a period in fornt of the name. For example, to change a file in your home folder named blah, you would go to terminal and type:

    mv "blah" ".blah"

    then when you wanted to make it visible again, you would type

    mv ".blah" "blah"

    invisible unless you know it's there.
     
  14. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

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    How? I'd like to try to break into my own documents.
    –Chase
     
  15. railthinner macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the thread and great answers. Something I've wondered myself for a while and I'll be whipping out disk utility when I get home.
     
  16. avalys macrumors 6502

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    There are dozens of utilities on the web that will do this. Try Googling "word password recovery."
     
  17. krimson macrumors 65816

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    i put my smaller files in a SIT, then put that on a password protected Zip disk, then put that in my safe.
     
  18. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    It may not *necessarily* be for pornography. In my case, I recently got a Laptop (12" PB). Now that I carry it with me, many, *many* more people use my computer. While I have no problem with them using the apps, I dont' want them in my files, be it papers, letters, etc. By protecting a few select folders, I dont' have to stop what I'm doing (and log in to a guest account) to dazzle another passerby.
     
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  20. duy802 macrumors newbie

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    Great idea. How do you change the disk image into a folder icon? Thanks!
     
  21. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Easy. Click on the disk image and "Get Info" (command-I). Click on a folder - any folder - and do the same. Click on the folder icon within the info window and copy with command-C. click on the disk image icon in its info window and paste (command-v). Done!
     
  22. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    These are the icons I'm talking about. Click on the folder one, copy it, then click on the .dmg icon, and paste.
     

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  23. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Another minor hint: rename the .dmg file to remove the ".dmg" part. OS X will still know how to open it, and it won't be so obvious.
     
  24. duy802 macrumors newbie

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    Just did it. Thanks a bunch! I've been using a Mac for almost a year now and am constantly astonished at just how elegant and simple everything is!!
     

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