hidden/passworded folders

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  1. gelatin macrumors 6502

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  2. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    AFAIK, to make a folder hidden you just simply ad a . at the beginning of the name. I don't know how to make it passworded.
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Make password-protected spareseimage (help). Then, to hide it, just do as Aranince said and rename the sparseimage to begin with a '.'.

    You can use Terminal to rename (use mv oldname.sparsemage .newname.sparseimage) and open (use open /Path/to/.name.sparseimage and remember not to check the "Remember password in Keychain" when you're prompted for password).
     
  4. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks but it says i cant use a . cos its reserved for the system:confused:
     
  5. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ive found this program to use
    http://www.altomac.com/

    but id still like to know your method to see if its easier
     
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  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Did you read my post above?

    You may use the Terminal, where you use the command mv to rename your file (though, when it's encrypted it should be safe enough, hiding it won't really add another layer of security), so you can either use

    cd /path/to/file/
    mv oldfilename.sparseimage .newname.sparseimage

    or just directly

    mv /path/to/file/oldfilename.sparseimage /path/to/file/.newfilename.sparseimage
     
  8. Telp macrumors 68040

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  9. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok cheersbut the problem is i have no idea how to use terminal
     
  10. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    Just type in the commands like he has them. Now I have not used OSX terminal...but I'm familiar with Linux so it shouldn't be different very much.

    cd means change directory. It is used like this:

    cd pictures - change directory into the picture at the current level.
    cd ../ - move down in the file hierarchy.

    ls command lists all of the files and directories(except for hidden files/directories) in the current directory.
    ls -a lists all of the files and directories even hidden ones.

    mv command means move, and it takes two arguments

    mv argument1 argument2

    Replace argument1 with the name of the file you want to move. And replace argument2 with where you want to move it to and to what name, if you want to rename it. So if I wanted to move mypicture.jpg to a different directory I would do...

    mv pictures/mypicture.jpg report/map.jpg

    That command moves mypicture.jpg to the directory report and renames it to map.jpg


    Now to look at what he gave you...


    cd /path/to/file/

    The terminal starts out in your home directory. And if the directory you want to rename or move is in a different directory you have to change to that directory.

    mv oldfilename.sparseimage .newname.sparseimage

    This command specifically does not move the file, but just renames it. It renames oldfilename.sparimage to .newname.sparseimage.

    I hope this helps and does not confuse you more! Like I said...I've only used Linux so this could be way off, just like my first post. But I hope it helps anyway.
     
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  12. martianman9 macrumors newbie

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    Locking folders

    You can "lock" a folder so to speak by opening get info and then changing the permissions you have from read & write to write only (drop box). Then any time someone wants to view the contents they have to open get info and type in your password to change the permissions. It's a little inconvenient if you want to view the folder all the time but it's the best I could find that's extremely simple.
     
  13. Sky Blue Guest

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    If someone else has an admin account, they can easily access the folder.

    Or they could boot off the Install DVD and change your password.
     
  14. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This question is being answered for a resurrected thread
    The OP and others are long gone on this one ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  15. zalves macrumors member

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    the best option so far... still need a solution for a quick lock and unlock, maybe when Lion comes out... ;)
     

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