Password protect folders

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  1. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816

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    Is there any utility out there that allows you to password protect certain folders?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This gets asked often... but the best way is to use Disk Utility to create a password protected Disk Image. Just don't save the password to the keychain. You can store whatever you like there in confidence.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Either use Disk Utility or Truecrypt to create an encrypted disk image.
     
  4. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, thanks for the quick replies. So it seems a disk image is the only option then.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    It may not be the only option, but it is certainly the best option
    Using Disk Utility is easy and free... and most of all, secure

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  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Just don't forget the password, it cannot be recovered.
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    No, TrueCrypt was also mentioned. Encrypted disk images are the only built-in way though. TrueCrypt has the advantage that they can be accessed on Windows or Linux as well.
     
  8. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Or dis-advantage depending on how you look at it......

    Here is a question. If the password is already saved in your keychain. How do you get it out of the keychain?
     
  9. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Open your keychain (/Library/Keychains and ~/Library/Keychains), select the password, and delete it. You can also delete entire keychains in the Finder, if you wish.
     
  10. OrangeCuse44 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right, but it does the same thing as disk utility, encrypted disk image.
     
  11. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    No, TrueCrypt doesn't create disk images, it creates volumes. Otherwise, TrueCrypt could open disk images on Windows. TrueCrypt also uses stronger encryption algorithms than disk utility.

    I don't see how portability would be a disadvantage.
     
  12. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Nothing to do with portability... this could do with the tools that people use to get into the file.... seems some OS are easier to get into and then get into the files...... whether they are encrypted or not.
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
  14. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    apimac secret folder, this is pretty un-secure but if you just need a way to hide files and folders then this would be the way to go. With this you can make folder's invisible and you have to open the utility and put in a password to see them
     
  15. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Encrypted files are equally difficult to access under any OS which supports the attack/brute force tools.
     
  16. applesuper macrumors member

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    What about espionage guys? This encrypts folders and is supposed to be very simple to use.

    Also, reallistically a good password + good encryption = impossible to crack

    Right?
     
  17. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on your definition of good and impossible.
     
  18. applesuper macrumors member

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    True. By impossible I mean taking more than 100 years with current computational power and projected power over this 100 years.

    and by good I mean anything upward of 20 chars, including alpha numericals with some lexicographical segments and some not.
     

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