How to create a passworded folder in OSX Leopard???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fcamilleri, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. fcamilleri macrumors member

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    Is there a way to create a passworded folder? Nothing too special, but I don't need a whole file vault setup. Just something with a password AND MAYBE some light encryption (if possible)
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I think most people use disk utility and create a mountable disk image instead. Then it mounts as a drive, can be encrypted, and you can easily assign a password to it.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    ^ That's how to really get it done.

    Open up the "Disk Utility" application
    File > New > Disk Image from Folder
    Choose which folder you want to protect
    choose "AES-128" encryption and press Save
    Enter your desired password twice
     
  4. fcamilleri thread starter macrumors member

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  5. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Yep, just create an encrypted blank disk image and mount it and drag files into it.
     
  6. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Just be aware that (AFAIK) if you use encryption you cant practically use Time Machine on it because every TM backup will copy the entire folder/disk every time any change is made, rather than individual files. So if you had a 2Gb disk image and added a 1k file into it, TM would have to copy the entire 2Gb and not the 1k file.
     
  7. Jisuo macrumors 6502

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    also do not add the password to the keychain. :p
     
  8. applesuper macrumors member

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    Why?
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Because it will not ask you for the password, and anyone with access to your Mac will be able to open it.
     

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