Password on file or folder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ted124b, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. ted124b macrumors member

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    Is it possible to secure a file or group of files in a folder with a password to prevent others from accessing them? I have a login password and diskvault enabled but i am worried about other uses accessing files while i am logged in...can i make a folder with all my banking information or documents from work secure with a password for instance?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  4. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Create an encrypted disk image with Disk Utility.
     
  5. Fairly macrumors regular

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    No. And the suggested applications are rip-offs.
     
  6. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    Encrypted disk images do just what the OP's asking.
     
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  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Specific instructions for created an encrypted, password-protected folder:

    • 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.

    You can email a copy of it anywhere, back it up, whatever... it's safe until you unlock/mount it with the password, and safe again once you "eject" the mounted image.
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    My most heartfelt apologies. It was two years ago and I was young and foolish.
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Hmm. So it was! I retract my statements.

    Why was this thread resurrected?!?!?!?!?? Good lord this was before I registered! I sense a Time Paradox!
     
  11. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    Someone's been testing Time Machine v2.0 methinks.... :p
     

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