Password protect a folder

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  1. bowbow88 macrumors newbie

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    I am just wandering to see if there is a way to password protect a specific folder?
     
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  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Taken directly from the site
    Hardly instills confidence

    This one is $29.95

    At least TrueCrypt is a free alternative

    An encrypted disk with Disk Utility is free, secure and does the job with no mess or fuss or need for 3rd party software
    You can even change the icon to make it look like a file instead of an encrypted disk
     
  5. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Not even going to give it a try? I've been using it for 3+ years now and have never run into a problem. I read a comment of someone not being able to revert the file/folder back to normal - there is a revert button. Its a simple, free app. thats gets the job done.
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I prefer encryption to deception when it comes to my sensitive data

    If you are just hiding porn from prying eyes, it is probably acceptable, but if you want real protection for your data, you will need encryption

    Why do I want 3rd party software for something Disk Utility does seamlessly and natively?
    And with real encryption, not deception
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    with the disc image, can you make it a dynamic file size? If I recall, you can't and must live with whatever image size you first set it as correct?
     
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Right. You make a new disc image if you need more room.
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You can create a sparse image

    Or a sparse bundle image

     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't think spare images nor sparse bundle images actually solve the problem of dynamic space; it takes up x% of the space up to 100%, then you have to create another image with more allotted space.
     
  11. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    That is correct, but you can create them with ample room to grow without using the space all at once

    I have never outgrown one, but if I did, I would create a new one
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    So even with a sparse, you have to set a predetermined size correct? The advantage is when you want to say backup, it will only require the amt that is there, not the whole image size right?

    If you need more, you can just create a new image and copy the stuff over and call it good?

    Is there any way to change the size of an image on the fly?

    Any reason why not to ALWAYS use a sparse image?

    I noticed that while a password is needed to open, one is not needed to delete. Is there a work around for this?
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    correct

    correct

    not that I am aware

    not that I am aware
     
  14. John Doe 57 macrumors 65816

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    Good point.
     

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