os x security question

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by howard, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. howard macrumors 68020

    howard

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    #1
    got a question...can i put a password protection on one folder in 10.2? how do i do that? its not in one of the user folders...its right on the hardrive...thanks
     
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #2
    Hmmm...

    If it's the same user logged in, this is tough to do.

    You might also try an encrypted Disk Image. I know an Apple rep who does it.
     
  3. howard thread starter macrumors 68020

    howard

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    how do you do it in the user's home area then?
     
  4. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

    Rower_CPU

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    #4
    Certain folders in your user directory are already protected:
    Documents
    Desktop
    Library
    Movies
    Music
    Pictures

    Your Sites and Public folders are readable by other users on the machine.
     
  5. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

    mnkeybsness

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    #5
    apimac secret folder will do this...check version tracker...

    ...but if a person knows anything about macs it can be very easy to get to in the terminal or in os 9
     
  6. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    here's the thing:

    it's a unix system. each file/folder in your home area has certain permissions dictating how you, your group, and others access it.

    but if you're logged in, even if someone else sits down at the computer, they're still "you."

    the unix-way to handle this is not let anyone else use your login. if they need to use your computer, set them up w/ their own account and have them log in (after you log out).

    then you can use the unix file permissions to hide whatever you want to from this "other" account.

    check out the chmod command, run from the command line.
     

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