How to set a password on certain files / folders?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by palmerc2, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    As I mature further, the information I take in tends to get higher and higher. Passwords, usernames, information, etc etc. I've created a .numbers document with a lot of my usernames and passwords for various websites / any information I need. This file has no lock on it, so if anyone would be able to get into my computer, they would be able to get that file with a little perseverance or a little spotlight search. I've tried going to "get info" on the file and tinkering with different options there with no luck. I've googled it, and the only (somewhat) promising thing that came up was to use Disk Utility and create a disk image. It states that is best for transferring through a flash drive. Since I am updating this almost weekly, I do not think that is the best solution.....

    Is there a program, or a setting which would enable me to set a password on a file(s) or folder(s)?

    Thanks :)
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    If it is just to password protect a file containing all your other passwords, I'd invest in something like 1Password.

    Other than that, the encrypted disk image is the way to go.
  3. deorg macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    Ive heard of some kind of widget that allow you to put small amount of text data on to this, and is password protected... as you may know if you spotlight the stickies widget it wont come up because spotlight wont recognize it ... try using some protected widget in the apple download page...

    and it would be very clever not making the header title as MY PASSWORDS or MY SECRET DATA

  4. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    An encrypted disk image is the way to go. Just mount it when you need access and eject it when you're done.
  5. mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2008
    encrypted disk image

    +1 for encrypted disk image

    Easy to do. Great protection. Just remember to select an effective password. As with all encryption, it is only as good as your password.

  6. palmerc2 thread starter macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Use KeePassX if you want a more streamlined interface than a text file. Free and Open Source.
  8. porg1969 macrumors newbie


    Dec 30, 2007
    San Francisco
    password protection

    Another way tp place a password is to open the document you want protected. Hit print, command-p, then press save to PDF. then hit security options, and viola- you create a password for that document, picture, etc. It's fast and easy!
  9. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Using a disk image is much easier than it seems at first. The advantage to this method is that you can put the image on something external if you desire so that you have an additional back up of the information.

    Another option would be an encryption program like TrueCrypt.

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