Hide installations on separate user account

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lysdexik, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. lysdexik macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    If I create a second user account that does not get logged into unless I manually do it, and then install a program on it.. can the files on there be seen through the administrators account?

    If so, how would you hide that sort of thing so that the when the admin inputs the file name into finder, nothing shows up?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002

    Umm, why?

    If you're trying to hide stuff from parents/teachers/boss, no one here will or should help you. Otherwise, there's no reason to do so.

    Besides, the nomenclature here should give you a hint. An administrator is designed to administer the computer. They can get in and look at any of your files if they want.

    A hint? If you want to keep your stuff hidden from others, you'll have to get your own computer.

  3. priller macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2007
    Enable filevault on that account, admin account won't be able to see anything without your password or the master password.
  4. upaymeifixit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2009
    Hide It

    You should either get an external drive (eg. CD FlashDrive) and put it on there. Or you could password protect it. If you want something really secure you can hide it deep inside the computer files. It would help to know the OS.
  5. lysdexik thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    ... come on now

    it is my computer, and.. even windows has an option on an account not to allow users on other accounts to access that information
  6. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    And it's worth every penny.
  7. mason.kramer macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2007
    Watertown, MA
    Posts like this make me want to help you. ("What? Why would you want privacy? What are you hiding?" - this attitude makes me shiver.)

    Administrators can see your files. If someone has admin on your computer, they can see your files. Unless you encrypt. However, you can't use filevault, because you must be an admin to set the master password, and if they have the master, they can get at your stuff.

    However you can make a secure disk image and put your encrypted stuff inside of it. They'll be able to see that you have such a disk image (if they know what to look for), but no one in the world can see what's inside of it without the password.

    Open Disk Utility is /Applications/Utilities. Make a New Image. Size it appropriately for your needs. Select Encryption - 128 or 256 it hardly matters. Chose your password. Finally, make the Image Format a sparsebundle. If you don't, Time Machine will back up the entire image every time you change even a single letter in a single file.

    If your file name starts with "." as in .hiddenThing.sparsebundle, it won't show up in finder, even for an admin. The admin account still has the power to find the file by using the Terminal, if the administrator knows how to look for it (ls -A /some/folder will show him everything in the folder, even with a .) You can still access it using Terminal. To access the file issue the command "open /Path/To/.hiddenThing.sparsebundle".

    Create the image in your home folder, or buried a little down in one of the folders in your home folder to prevent a casual inspection from finding it. When you want to access files in that image, double click it to mount it, and you will be prompted for your password.

    Just remember, if you lose your password the data will be gone forever. That's the whole point, after all.
  8. lysdexik thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    It's not that I want to hide something utterly secretive.. I want an installed game not to be able to be searched using spotlight.

    Is that so hard to ask?
  9. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    What? Why is it so wrong that someone wants some privacy? Is it a sin, seriously? Everyone on MacRumors acts so high and mighty. As if you've never wanted to hide something from someone. Sheesh.
  10. lostngone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003
    Its very simple, if you have something you want to hide you must be guilty of doing something wrong.

    I learned this from the last presidential administration...
  11. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Just be glad the OP hasn't mentioned viruses.

    You could install it on an encrypted disk image. You might be able to install it directly onto the image, or you may have to install it on the hard disk first and copy it onto the image.

    You could try disguising it as another program, by changing its' name and icon. You might need to change it back to the original name to run it, though.
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why? Who would want to hide a virus? :D
  13. bradenwh macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2008
    Or, there's always the chance that you're human and you enjoy privacy. :rolleyes:

    You keep surprise parties hidden, are they wrong?
    You keep Christmas presents hidden, are they wrong?

    Your logic sucks.
  14. jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Whoa! Talk about shooting first and asking questions later. Isn't the wasteland the proper place for such pontificating? :)

    Anyways, who are any of us to be judging someone else's privacy concerns? And furthermore, unless you know the original poster's country of origin, s/he may have more privacy rights than are typically granted for American computer users.

    To the original poster: use file vault, use strong passwords, and take care in installing 3rd party software.
  15. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    Cant you just make the file/folder hidden? Spot light does not search for hidden files (if I remember correctly).. Now this isnt the best solution, but if they dont know where to look they probably wont find it.
  16. lysdexik thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    geez if I had known I would cause so much drama here I wouldn't have posted in the first place.

    If you want to know the truth about the situation all you had to do was ask. I'm a full time student with a part time job and internship and I sometimes like to play a game that my girlfriends frowns upon, so I wanted to make sure she can't easily find it.

    is that so wrong?
  17. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    Now I didn't know one could do this,

    edit* ...my bad ,I was thinking of something else , I was looking to password protect some files on my machine

    To the privacy police>I am admin on the computer but wanted to keep some documents ' safer' is that ok ? :rolleyes:

    I think he was being sarcastic :)
  18. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Move the game into your own user account (if you have one.)

    Or, just forget about what your girlfriend says. It's only a game. It's not WoW :D

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