Password protecting folders?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kat.hayes, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    Is there a way to password protect individual folders so I can leave my computer on and not worry about someone getting into the folders? I know I can log off or create different user accounts, I was just curious about doing it this way.

  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You have to create a password protected DMG file. Unfortunately no direct way to do it.
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I use TrueCrypt for that purpose. I prefer it over DMGs because I can easily read the files in Windows as well. Another solution is to just lock your computer. Heck, go crazy and use both!
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    How to password-protect files/folders/apps

    Really, the best way is to set up a password on your screen saver, then activate the screen saver anytime you step away.
  5. MadDragon1846 macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2011
    I just have the screensaver added to a hot corner (bottom right). Whenever I walk away from my mini, I move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner, and all my stuff is safe!. :D (you'll of corse need to use a passworded screensaver).

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