Hiding confidential files/photos

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hobbit, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. Hobbit macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Hello there,

    Is there a way to hide and set a password to open confidential files on OSX.

    Also, is it possible to hide private photos in iPhoto and prevent them from showing up in the library or showing up when using the media toolbar on other programs like Pages/Keynote?

  2. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    You could just print them all out and hide them under your mattress.

    It would be a lot more convenient too for when you need them.
  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Confidential files and folders are best, or at least, most easily done, using encrypted .dmg files. Open Disk Utility and choose new disk image. Make sure you select encryption and then just choose how big you want it and save it somewhere. It will have you create a password for opening it. Then, you mount the image by double clicking it, you will have to put in a password to do this. Just put any confidential files in it as if it was a folder. Just be sure to eject it when you want to hide the files.

    As for iPhoto, there isn't really a good way of doing that. You could create a second library (there are programs that make this easy but I don't remember off hand) and then only the currently active library will be visible through all the means you mention. However, they will still be accessible through finder although buried in iPhotos confusing file structure. You might be able to put the confidential library into a dmg as well but I don't know.

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