Goodreader protected folder not really protected

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by bpran, May 23, 2010.

  1. bpran macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    I password protected my folder on iPad Goodreader, but I still can access the folder using the file sharing function on iTunes without unlocking the folder.

    I can download the whole content of the folder using the command 'save to..'.
    I find this protecting folder kind of useless then.

    Is there a way to disable the file sharing function for Goodreader on iTunes?
    Anyone have solution to really protect the folder on iPad?

    Thank you
  2. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    holy crap, i didn't know this. maybe it's a bug.
  3. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Surely though if you plug it into someone else's computer and try to access it via itunes (as would happen if it was stolen etc.) you aren't going to be able to access anything on there at all without erasing your content and replacing it with what's in the new itunes library? If someone else has your iPad, your computer and your computer's login password so they can run your copy if iTunes to look at your docs I'd suggest that's probably the least of your worries!
  4. bpran thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    I tried it, I plugged it into someone else's computer and I still can access it.
  5. khanriazaoif macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Did you e-mail or get a hold of the developer? I would think thats a huge problem, especially if its password protected. I read someone awhile ago talking about using that feature to put porn on his iPad but not having to worry about putting in the video section so others can see which I thought was a great idea but obviously this would not be good with above issue.
  6. Gordy macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I'd be interested in hearing what the dev has to say. As I was going to use good reader to protect some files. I wonder if this happens with other apps of the same sort.
  7. bpran thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    I sent them email, and this is their reply:

    Thank you for your e-mail to Good.iWare Support Team.
    Unfortunately, there is no way to hide files from iTunes. We're trying to come up with some solution for this issue.

  8. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    The only way to hide files from iTunes is to encrypt them all, and stuff the encryption key in the iPhone's KeyChain, which iTunes can't get at. The GoodReader people will need a lawyer to apply for a CCATs certificate to do this.
  9. bpran thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    I am talking about iPad version here.

    iPhone version doesn't have iTunes file sharing feature, so it's perfectly safe.
  10. spammerhamster macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    I'd thought the "protected" directory is only meant to keep people away who plays on your ipad. Was it ever meant to be a secure storage place?
  11. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    The iPad has a keychain just like the iPhone.
    Doesn't matter. iTunes backs up all your iPad and iPhone documents to an iTunes backup directory when you Sync. Take a look with an sqlite dump utility.
  12. pooryou macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    LOL, this is a convenience feature that is nice to have. Nobody ever said it was a secure lock box, and I certainly never got the impression that it was intended to be.
  13. gambit74 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2012
    GoodReader did not encrypt the files?


    We have just bought iPad GoodReader and encrypted the files individually as well as every files.
    But using an app iFile, we realised that we are able to view the files in its plaintext form under the Documents folder.
    Does that mean that the files are not encrypted at all? But just protected by password?
  14. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Use a complicated pass ode lock so if lost they can't connect to iTunes.

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