Password Protected .DMG Alternatives for Both Mac and Windows?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jdocdp, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. jdocdp macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been using an external HD filled with all of my documents/files as my standard HD which I connect to whatever computer I might have access to at a time and browse/use it this way.

    For documents such as credit cards and other accounts I've made a .txt file in a password protected .dmg and up until now it worked fine and served me just as I needed since I'm only surrounded by Macs in my house.

    However, I am soon going to be using other computers running Windows as well from now on, so I was wondering what is the alternative to .dmg so I can store and password protect my sensitive documents in it and still be able to use it (read & write) on both Mac and Windows.

    Thank you in-advance. :)


    Other info in-case it matters:

    I'm not very paranoid about safety from hacking. It's having my HD fall into the wrong hands (possibly getting mugged?) what I'm afraid of, and have a random stranger read my sensitive data.

    I'm open to all kinds of alternatives, besides a cloud service, as I don't always have internet access.
     
  2. Thom75 macrumors member

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  3. jdocdp thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for your advice. :)

    I just checked their website. From what I understand, what that is, is that I encrypt my files using VeraCrypt on any operating system, and then whatever computer I find myself using at a time, I just download the compatible (to its operating system) VeraCrypt software and decrypt it in order to use it.

    Was that correct or did I misinterpret something?
     
  4. Thom75 macrumors member

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    This is more like virtual disk, so need be formated in the way you can use it on any computer.
    Let say windows, linux and osx can write on exFat or Fat32. *Fat* is not very safe but universal.
    You can format it as NTFS but you will need NTFS-3G on osx.

    Btw. On windows you can use portable version. Not sure about osx.

    Good luck.
    Thom
     
  5. jdocdp thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you, I'll look into that.
     
  6. Michael MP2 macrumors member

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    Definitely go with Veracrypt, it's cross platform too which is just nice.
     

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