os x security question

howard

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Nov 18, 2002
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got a question...can i put a password protection on one folder in 10.2? how do i do that? its not in one of the user folders...its right on the hardrive...thanks
 

Rower_CPU

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Oct 5, 2001
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Hmmm...

If it's the same user logged in, this is tough to do.

You might also try an encrypted Disk Image. I know an Apple rep who does it.
 

Rower_CPU

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Certain folders in your user directory are already protected:
Documents
Desktop
Library
Movies
Music
Pictures

Your Sites and Public folders are readable by other users on the machine.
 

zimv20

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Jul 18, 2002
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Originally posted by howard
how do you do it in the user's home area then?
here's the thing:

it's a unix system. each file/folder in your home area has certain permissions dictating how you, your group, and others access it.

but if you're logged in, even if someone else sits down at the computer, they're still "you."

the unix-way to handle this is not let anyone else use your login. if they need to use your computer, set them up w/ their own account and have them log in (after you log out).

then you can use the unix file permissions to hide whatever you want to from this "other" account.

check out the chmod command, run from the command line.
 
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