Password protection

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nortmansdad, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. nortmansdad macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    Is there any way to password protect a folder or file? Or any software I can get to do this?
  2. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    This question comes up alot and the simple answer is no.

    There are however many methods around this:

    My preferred is to create a password protected disk image (in disk utility) and then dumping all my private stuff in there!

    Hope this helps!
  3. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    Great idea. I think that's actually preferrable over simply protecting one folder and it allows a more secure environment in a shared (networked) environment as well or even a multi-user setup. When unmounted it's also just an inconspicious dmg file!

    BTW, one can also prevent a file from showing up in Searchlight in it's preferences, and also shell in and change the folder name to start with a period and you can also "hide" it in the GUI (assuming you have control and don't allow system files to display). Just some extra tips that don't encrypt or protect, but simple enough to "hide" from most.

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