Preventing files from being copied/taken off computer

Discussion in 'macOS' started by electriclite, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. electriclite macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007

    I have a 2012 iMac running on OSX 10.6 that I share with another person. I have a bunch of digital media files on it (like mp4 and avi files) that I'd like to make available to myself and the other person I share the computer with, but I want to secure those files and make it is either impossible or difficult enough to dissuade someone from trying to copy them onto an external drive.

    I've tried locking the folder in which they're stored in, making an alias of the original file and then have the original file stored in a hidden folder (but then all you have to do is right click the alias and Show Original and the hidden folder just opens up!) and I've tried changing the Sharing & Permissions in the folder info to no avail.

    Could anyone offer up any other simple or creative solutions to my issue?
  2. GGJstudios, Jan 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If the other person who shares your computer has access to the files, there is nothing to prevent them from copying the files to an external hard drive, flash drive, emailing or uploading them, etc. The only way to prevent that is to prevent them from accessing the files at all, such as by creating an encrypted disk image.
  3. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    I must be mistaken by this assumption, but I thought that any documents within your own home directory are not accessible by other users. Am I wrong?

    The only thing I can think of is if the other users on the system are also administrator accounts. If that's the case, then can you make the other user(s) standard users? And if so, wouldn't that correct the problem?
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada

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