Guide: The best way to hide your porn (confidential documents) on your Mac

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  1. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    Want to know how to make a completely hidden folder in OS X that Finder leaves absolutely no trace of? Here's how:

    Part One: Making the directory:

    We are going to use a little program called Terminal. Open your utilities folder and start it up.

    Now you should have a window that looks kind of like TextEdit but with two lines of text already there.

    In the Terminal window, type the following, then press enter:

    Code:
    mkdir /.porn
    If your terminal window looks something like this, you're set:

    Code:
    Last login: Sun Jan  4 21:04:49 on ttys000
    Jamies-MacBook:~ jamie$ mkdir /.porn
    Jamies-MacBook:~ jamie$
    Part Two: Putting files in, and accessing the directory:

    Most tutorials will tell you to go to "Go" in the Finder menu bar, and enter the hidden folder into the "Go to folder" box, but what happens if someone else wants to use that box? They will see your folder already typed there!!

    We are again going to use the Terminal.
    Open it up and type the following:

    Code:
    open /.porn
    You should get a Finder window with a blank folder. Drag all your secret files in there and you're set!
    Close the Finder and Terminal windows and there is no trace of your activity anywhere (Not even in "Recent Items")

    Anytime you want to see the folder, just open Terminal and type "open /.porn".

    Of course you can replace "porn" with whatever word you want, just make sure that it begins with "/."

    GEEK NOTE:
    You are making this folder on the root directory of your hard drive, if you want to store the hidden file elsewhere, just do /path/to/your/directory/.secretstash

    The folder will only be hidden if it begins with a dot, and it was created in Terminal.
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    well, not for porn (ok well a little:p), but this is going to be very useful when I get my macbook.

    Thanks.
     
  3. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    But will it be saved via Time Machine backup.:D
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ^^^ No I just tested it and so far it didn't show up.
    Though I don't need to hide my non-existent porn, I have a few unsent letters I don't want people to find. ;)
     
  5. maclover001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, doesn't seem to show up.

    I can also confirm that files/folders inside will not appear in Spotlight searches.
     
  6. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    Great guide to hide anything, not just porn :p\

    Thank you maclover001
     
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    This is really very handy. Will mail myself your post so I can find it. Thanks a bunch. Oh, it's not for porn either.:p
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Now you've dashed all our hopes and dreams, we were kind of hoping for some homemade stuff. :(
     
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It'd be an empty bed. If that does it for you lemme know.
     
  10. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    PM?

    I have a thing for fine furniture... :p
     
  11. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    seem to be an easy guide. well done maclover001.

    but i'd like to know, if there is a way to get this in a time machine backup (or any backup for that matter)...
     
  12. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    if you have time machine to back up everything including system files, I see no reason why it wouldn't back this up, unless you specifically say not to. This will be backed up in time machine, it just won't be viewable until you restore from said back up, or mount your backup drive and navigate to that folder, or you show all hidden files.
     
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  14. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I noticed that in terminal, even if you "ls", you still cannot see this "/." folder.

    Edit: well, if you do "ls -a", then you can see it lol
     
  15. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    This entire thing also falls apart if the person just runs "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder" in terminal.
     
  16. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    There is a vast difference between "hiding" files and "securing" files

    One of the best ways of actually "securing" said files is still creating an encrypted .dmg using Disk Utility

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
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    There's a handy little program called TrueCrypt. I have no porn to hide, and no reason to secure all my tax returns and receipts but it's pretty good. It creates an encrypted DMG that you mount with a password every time.

    I have it only for silly fun. It hasn't been opened in aeons ('couse, half the time I forget the password anyway...)
     
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  20. Prof. macrumors 601

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    You know what is even easier? Putting it on your iDisk.
     
  21. thefnshow macrumors regular

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    it's not porn, it's art.....art is just a subjective thing :D
     
  22. andymodem macrumors 6502a

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    Thankfully all my "confidential documents" are easily stream-able from any number of sites thus not requiring me to keep copies. :D
     
  23. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    Would it not be better to use an encrypted disc image created through disc utility? That way your documents are secure, as well as hidden.
     
  24. Mord macrumors G4

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    I just have a directory in my documents folder called "kinky stuff", though it's mostly filled with notes lists and records of good play sessions.

    I've never been particularly embarrassed about such things though.
     
  25. yg17 macrumors G5

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    You know what's even easier than that? Having your own computer that no one else uses and not having to hide it :D
     

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