No intimacy

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  1. Macintosh001 macrumors member

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    Hello!It looks as If I have no intimacy on my computer amongst family members.I would like to know how to make so that other users in my computer don't see my files.I'm the admnistrator.
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Set up accounts for each family member. Makes hiding your porn easy.

    System Preferences>Accounts
     
  3. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    You mean privacy, not intimacy, right?

    Your file in HD > Users should be completely blocked to non-administrator accounts. Isn't that the case? Be sure to make those family members their own accounts.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Create separate user accounts for your other users, and make sure a password is required to bring the computer out of a screensaver. :)
     
  5. Macintosh001 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes maybe I mean privacy in Spain to say intimacy is ok..English is not my first language.
    Each person has its account but If you search for something on the spotlight in a non.administrator account you can see documents from every user.That's what I don't want to happen.
    And well answering to the one before is NOT PORN,porn is not the only thing in the world,gosh is that the only thing you think about?

    I tried putting a password to bring the computer out of the screensaver but my sister discovered that If you put any other account name and the password you can go out of the password
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Do you keep your documents in the Documents folder on your account?



    ...And yes, I'm thinking about porn right now. Hardcore donkey porn, to be precise.
     
  7. Macintosh001 thread starter macrumors member

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    Documents folder that's right.I should keep them in any other place?
     
  8. juanster macrumors 68020

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    LoL,:D

    i wish i could help you, but i use a macbook and i'm the only user so i can't i don't have to hide anything. im sure there's a a way..
     
  9. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    The Porn folder is the best bet :).

    Seriously though, the documents folder is the best place to keep documents (funny that).
     
  10. Macintosh001 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes the documents folder is the best place to keep documents but If everyone is going to go around reading them ...Isn't there any way to make your documents invisible for other users??Or just a way to restrict the lecture of documents from the administrator to other users??
     
  11. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Either password protect your files or use a Jump Drive.
     
  12. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    That is weird, I don't think that should happen. But I only have one account on my machine.

    In English Intimacy is used only in a sexual context, so that is why porn was mentioned ;).
     
  13. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    In System Preferences...->Spotlight, choose the Privacy tab, and drag your Documents folder (and any others you wish to remain private) into it (this works on Leopard; I forget the options in Tiger).

    Also, assuming Leopard, right click on the Documents folder, Get Info, and, in that panel, go to Sharing & Permissions. There, you should see your access as Read & Write. There should be an 'everyone' user with 'No Access'.
     
  14. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    you can create a password protected (encrypted) disk or sparse image. in Disk Utility, choose "New Image" then enter the info and make sure you choose to enable encryption (either 128 or 256). once created, you can put whatever you want in it and you can put it wherever you want (i.e., Documents folder) and even though people may be able to see it they'll need a password to see the contents.
     
  15. numlock macrumors 68000

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    but that means even HE cant spotlight for these files right?
     
  16. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    ^^ Quite, I've just tested it and I can't generally spotlight for files in a different account, two issues spring to mind.

    1) Maybe you have a permissions error so repair permissions.

    2) Maybe you have a time machine backup and its finding the files on that, I don't know if Spotlight can do that for other users :confused:.
     
  17. Macintosh001 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hahaa thanks for defining intimacy.Ok from now on I know the difference!So that's what we call a FALSE friend
     
  18. Macintosh001 thread starter macrumors member

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    I encrypted my computer some years ago and had lots of trouble,but is a good solutions...with a lot of problems.Thanks anyways
     
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    You can only think about that?
     
  21. JNB macrumors 604

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    It looks like Spotlight is a back door. Regular permissions rules work as expected, but Spotlight allows to locate and open files regardless of the parent folder permissions for a user. Time to log a Support call, methinks.
     
  22. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    it's not encrypting your computer's entire hard disk. it's creating a password-protected disk image.
     
  23. TEG macrumors 604

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    Your other option is to create a new folder, via terminal, that uses a '.' as the first character (make it a hidden file/folder in UNIX), then use the GoTo command to enter that folder in Finder, then drag your important files into that folder. The one drawback is that you can't usually save directly to that folder, but Spotlight does not index files inside of '.' folders. I use it for my novels, as I don't want anyone stealing my ideas, and I use an OS9/resedit hidden folder for naughtier things (like Star Trek movies).

    TEG
     
  24. JNB macrumors 604

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    It's actually worse than I thought. Trying to keep it in the realm of what most users could be expected to manage simply (staying within the typical and expected file management routines and including minor Terminal adjustments), you apparently cannot hide files from a Spotlight search, period.

    I created a test user and while logged in as the test account attempted to find a particular file in my main account. From Finder, it's locked out, but from Spotlight, it found and opened it (albeit read-only) every time.

    I added my main account's entire Home directory to the Privacy filter in Spotlight Preferences for the test user - no effect

    I chmod'ed the file to 600 (they default to 644) - no effect

    You cannot enable Parental Controls to hide or disable Spotlight.

    In other words, Spotlight is all-seeing and all-knowing - nothing gets by it, for all intents. For me personally, this isn't an issue - I don't have any other users, but in a shared environment, this would be major.

    Disclaimer: I was doing all this with Fast User Switching in the interest of time, but that shouldn't have made any difference, and in fact, may be more real-world to what most folks would encounter.

    I do believe Apple needs to look into this one seriously & quickly. I consider it to be a major hole.
     
  25. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i thought that was already a concern 2 years ago when tiger was first released. i had hoped this was fixed by now. i'm single user so i never checked.:eek:
     

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