Is there a way to password protect access to a folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Blu101, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Within a user account, is there a way to prevent someone from opening a folder (in documents or images, for example) without a password? Ideally, anyone can see the folder, but when someone double clicks to enter the folder, a password pop up would appear before continuing...?
     
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  4. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, sorry guys, I know I've been asking a lot of questions lately as I'm new to apple, but for every one I ask, I find 6 more out on my own. One can only search/read so much. Since just about everything is searchable, it's nice to take a break and get a fast answer every now and then (also helps sometimes when search results are out dated and you're looking for today's answer). I know it's a pain for senior members, believe me, I'm not new to forums ;) , please keep in mind that one of the points of a forum is to provide easy and fast help to noobs - much appreciated :)
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I prefer just to create an encrypted disk image with Disk Utility
    You can even change the icon to a folder if you like
     
  6. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried this method out last night, but after I "locked" the folder in "get info" I was still able to enter the folder without a password prompt. Do I need to edit the permissions?

    Didn't see any new methods from GGJstudios links.

    MacDawg, thanks for the suggestion, but I don't want to have to partition the HD, or create a new user acct, or use the guest acct, or anything like that. I just want a private password protected folder that prompts for a password when anyone tries to open it, regardless of user account. I had the same problem in windows too, never figured out how to do it there either. I can't believe this feature isn't standard in today's computers...without having to create a new user acct, partition the HD or a 3rd party app. This would make things so much easier every time a friend or my niece/nephew jumps on the computer, whether or not I know about it.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Creating an encrypted disk image involves none of these things.
     
  8. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sold :D

    Thanks!
     
  9. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Image format - read/write? I'm not going to e-mail it, so no "compressed", and I want to be able to add and delete files at will. Is "read/write" the right choice?

    What's hybrid image used for?
     
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    another alternative is to download an app from Altomac called Hide Folders

    If you purchase the pro version for @ 20 bucks

    you will then have a hidden PW protected folder that only you can access.
     
  11. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I created the password protected dmg folder.

    Will the password protection carry to backups on an external HDD?
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
     
  13. Blu101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nice, thanks!
     

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