password protect an application

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  1. rainbowizard macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to password protect an application? I recently purchased Quicken Essentials 2010 for MAC but it has no password protection (duh!), is there a way to or a program that can be purchased that would protect this application from opening without a password?
     
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Download TrueCrypt, create an encrypted file that is big enough for the entire application. Copy the application and data to the encrypted image.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I haven't used Quicken, but it is unlikely that it stores its data inside /Applications/Quicken.app. If the data isn't saved manually to a file, it's more likely found in ~/Library/Application Support/Quicken and ~/Library/Preferences/com.intuit.quicken.plist or something. You can protect this data (and your entire home folder) by enabling FileVault under  -> System Preferences -> Security -> FileVault -> Turn On FileVault.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Quicken 2007 stores user data in folder that you define. On my Mac, it's in
    <home dir>/documents/quickendata and it creates backups in
    <home dir>/documents/Quicken Backup Folder

    Quicken 2007 allows you to set a password on the data file itself, but not the application. You then open the application and it asks for a password before it will load the data file.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    But this is Quicken 2010, and from online reviews I have read, it does not have a password capability as the OP has indicated (which I find absurd on Quicken's part).
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    It does with FileVault, assuming that the OP has a password-protected account to which no one else has access, which is a good idea regardless.
     
  7. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    I've heard too many people who had problems with Filevault and losing everything. :(
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core

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    Filevault is a bag of hurt
    And in my opinion it is total overkill in this case
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Well they should have a complete backup, FileVault or no.
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    ahh.. Looks like they stripped down Quicken to the point of idiocy.
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Why not store on usb?

    If you want to protect your data, save it onto a usb key; you can keep it separate from the computer when not using it.
     
  12. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    Until you lose it and then a complete stranger has access to your entire financial data.

    Encrypt it! Sure you can put it on a flash drive, but download TrueCrypt and encrypt the drive first, or encrypt a small section for the data.
     
  13. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That'll never happen. Just ask the UK government to share their data security policy.
     
  14. rainbowizard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the information

    I will look into True Crypt, seems like the most viable alternative.
     
  15. FightingEntropy macrumors newbie

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    one solution

    One solution to password protected an app, albeit indirectly. In this case the Mac Kindle app was being protected:

    1. Create a password protected disk image using Disk Utility then copy both your My Kindle Content folder and Kindle.app to that disk image.
    2. Open the app from the disk image, go to preferences and set the kindle content to the folder on the disk image.
    3. Once that's done users will need the password to mount the disk and launch the app.
    4. Eject the disk image when you want to secure the Kindle app.
     

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