Can I password-protect individual files/folders?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bananabar, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. bananabar macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    I know there's file vault for my entire harddrive but that seems quite extreme. Will OS X not allow me to protect opening/editing certain files and folder without a password?
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    You can do this with a utility like FileWard or you can create encrypted disk images with the Disk Utility, and have your files/folders inside the disk image. TrueCrypt is another popular option.
  3. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    You should be password-protecting your entire computer.

    If people you don't trust need to use it, they should be using the Guest account. It's too easy for people to screw up things if they can use your account. Even if they don't mean to.
  4. bananabar thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    I completely disagree, but thanks for your input.
  5. Flatfoot75 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2008
    If you like spending money, you can also use espionage which can password protect or encrypt (AES128 or 256) individual folders. I just got it ($15) and I like it so far.

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