How do I make a folder/contents only readable by me?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by wts, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. wts macrumors member

    wts

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    On the odd occasion i allow access to my computer.

    However I do not want the hassle of setting up a special visitors/users sign in etc.

    However I do have some folders/contents that contain private banking information. How do I make a folder and its contents only readable or accessible by me ?

    Is there a program for that or a way to do that in OS X Mavaericks ?
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Put it on a thumb drive and stick it in your desk or pocket.
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Sure, lots of options.

    You could create a blank, password-protected sparse file which mounts up as though it's a separate disk.

    You could use a program like TrueCrypt to create a password-protected virtual disk.

    You could create a second partition for private data, and password protect that partition.
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Why is it hassle? Add a guest user takes seconds, might already be there, then just enable fast user switching.
     
  5. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Setting up a guest user will require far less time and hassle than trying to secure your data. OS X already has a guest user. Mine is disabled so I timed it and it took me less than 20 seconds to enable it. Majority of that time was entering my password. While still in the Users & Groups screen I was able to add a new user (using my brother's name) in less than 30 seconds.

    Once created, either use fast user switching or log out of your account and let them use it.
     
  6. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    I'd +1 the guest account option op. Here is why...

    if you found a solution and put in place, when not sharing your account you are entering the password as well for every use yourself. As if you went to that degree...if your solution has a remember me option you would not use it.
     
  7. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Disk Image

    Go into Disk Utility and create a password protected, encrypted disk image file.

    Then when you want to access it, you mount it like a network drive, enter your password, do what you want with the contents then un-mount it again.

    Guest accounts are OK, but you need to remember to log out/in on them.
     
  8. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    If logging in and out occasionally when there is a visitor is a hassle, how is it better to be doing what is effectively complicated logging in and out every time he accesses this data which I'd assume is much more frequently?
     
  9. satcomer macrumors 603

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    How about just setting up a one Account (Standard of course) and leaving it for all people. So when you give someone access to your Mac you can log out of your account into that account. The Standard account would be perfect for a guest to use on occasion.

    Then there is some (this is an application) Espionage.
     
  10. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    The only way to do it without creating a different user account or using the guest account is to encrypt them or remove them and store them somewhere else. It's more of a hassle to do this than to just create a different user or enable the guest account.
     
  11. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    lesser of 2 evils here really imo.


    also gets the benefit of guests not messing up things like histories. web, command (assuming cli used for something), etc and other profile aspects like desktop setup.

    Why along time ago I dealt with they why? from my wife when I created her own account on shared computers at any rate. Trying to hide something? she'd ask. I'd say no, the special files are here if so inclined to watch. I just get tired of tidying up my profile after you use it.
     
  12. kenoh, Jun 19, 2014
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    kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Sorry . I am a security professional. Data worth protecting should be protected properly. It us not just about stopping people getting access when using your machine.

    What about someone gaining physical access to the hard drive or a time machine backup and mounting that and finding the files?

    By using a disk image you protect the data at rest and actively need to authenticate at time if access. Thus is a n active rather than passive approach.

    Much more effective and less prone to accidental exposure.

    Up to you, just presenting an alternate option.
     

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