Password protect file in OSX?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lynkynpark86, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. lynkynpark86 macrumors 6502

    I know about password protecting a disk image like everyone says to do, but this is very inconvenient. Is there a way to click the file, have a password prompt come up, enter password, and the file opens?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There's still no way to password protect an individual file short of putting it into a disk image.
  3. BugBytes macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
    If it's an iWork document you can set one with the Inspector.
  4. lynkynpark86 thread starter macrumors 6502

    That's exactly what I'm lookin' for, thanks!
  5. BugBytes macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
    It's a pleasure. Next time, let us know more details, i.e. what type of file it is (if it is a specific file, if it's just a general question than of course nevermind that).

  6. eljanitor macrumors 6502


    Feb 10, 2011
    If its a Word Document you can also password protect it in Word.
  7. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    ...Spoken as if that's something bad! Truly, that's a very powerful capability.

    You can make a nice encrypted disk image using Disk Utility. It's a great way to keep things private in Dropbox and other cloud-storage services. See for suggestions.

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