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Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bergergirl, Jul 22, 2008.
I got my answer - thank you.
you can use applications like Onyx or a Terminal command to enable the viewing of hidden files. while enabled you can add a period to the start files and folders which will make then hidden but this cant be done while hidden files are disabled.
your boyfriend may or may not be doing this and i dont know if i should get into whether or not you should be searching for porn even though he said he deleted it.
do you mind that he may have porn? maybe you should talk to him about it.
So you just want to watch his porn?
There's lots of good stuff out there if you know where to look, PM me if you need help.
But seriously why do you wish to snoop into his personal files, I'm sure you would appreciate him going through your dirty laundry. (figuratively and literally.)
Anyway to help you with your problem (Seeing Inivisble Files):
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He could also be hiding it in plain sight. He could compress all the porn files into an archive, name it something innocuous and place it in a random folder somewhere on the hard drive.
One thing to check is "Recent Items". I would almost bet that if he is looking at pictures or videos, he is not clearing the "Recent Items" in the Apple Menu.
It is easy to check on Leopard ( I can't remember if Tiger is the same). Just click on the Apple logo on the top left and move the mouse to "Recent Items" and it will show you the last few documents, pictures or videos that were viewed. That is unless he has disabled "Recent Items" or thinks to clear the menu before leaving the computer.
I feel for you. Porn is a sickness that is deadly to relationships
sickening or not and i don't really care for porn myself, but snooping around on someone else's computer is a massive invasion of privacy isn't it? Not to mention that you clearly don't trust him. If I find out someone was doing that on my computer that would be an instant break up.
So, be careful is what I'm saying, porn never killed anyone and he's not cheating on you....
First off if you do not accept that he enjoys pornography then you should end the relationship. Trying to change someone will just make them resent you. Either take someone for whom they are or don't take them at all.
Secondly the computer is his property and whatever is on it is none of your business. Remember you were nosing around his computer and you really have no right to make either a polite suggestion or firm demand to remove something you find offensive. If it was your computer that would be a different matter, but it is not.
Finally you are asking for assistance in circumventing security measures taken by a person on their own private computer. Further you have made it clear that you intend to circumvent your boyfriends security. Said computer is not your property and I will be reporting your post.
I do believe that circumventing a private individuals computer security measures is illegal.
If someone wants to view porn, you can't stop them. Even if they don't store it on their computer, all you have to do is Google something and you can find anything you want. Prying into someone's personal computer just proves there is a trust issue in the relationship. You pry, he hides stuff, you pry harder, he hides stuff deeper, etc. I agree that what's needed is a mature conversation, but I'm guessing probably neither of you is old enough or mature enough to resolve this intelligently. This was your first and only post in these forums, trying to find out how to invade someone's privacy. Such a shame!
I have enjoyed watching porn with every single person I've been in a relationship with. In fact, even as recently as last night. So I don't know what you're talking about.
To the OP: there's SO many ridiculous ways to hide any kind of file that it's pretty much futile to figure it out, especially with little to no Terminal know-how. Just talk to him about it.
To show all hidden files:
Open Terminal, and type:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
To reverse, type the same command with FALSE instead of TRUE.
The problem with this is that there are many other ways to hide files beyond the usual .whateverhiddenfolder types of things. Everything from hiding in system folders where you wouldn't be able to figure it out to TrueCrypt which has deniability: hidden volumes with a coerced password, try beating that one. Personally I think the search is pointless.
Not to mention the fact that he can still watch porn on the internet without putting any physical files on his computer. I agree with those who say the OP's porn search is a pointless waste of time, which will probably undermine the relationship.
Agreed. Then all it takes is Safari's Private Browsing mode to leave no traces on the computer.
Still, I fancy the TrueCrypt hidden volume idea: http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/?s=hidden-volume heheh.
I did get my answer from my boyfriend whom is completly aware of my posting & my reasons for wanting to further investigate his computer. I took all the advice I was given to locate the "alleged" files & found that he did in fact delete them.
"I agree that what's needed is a mature conversation, but I'm guessing probably neither of you is old enough or mature enough to resolve this intelligently."
How presumptious of you to automatically assume that neither one of us is capable of an intelligent conversation. Perhaps you should view yourself & your intelligence before judging others for then you will truly realize that you do not sit high enough to judge others; especially those you don't know.
You asked him to delete his porn, he said he did, and now you are trying to go behind his back to see if he really did it or not. Sounds like a trust issue to me. And if you don't want people commenting about your personal life don't put your personal life on the internet for people to comment about.
Your BF changed some things on *his* computer in an apparent effort to keep some things private so, IMO, it's not ethical to tell you how to better snoop around the contents of *his* computer.
What's wrong w/being open and communicating w/your BF about the issue (you having problems snooping around his computer) instead of looking for ways to go behind his back?
If there's an "open door policy" between you, you wouldn't be here in this forum, asking us how to sneak behind his back and pry into his computer. If you had the "open door" relationship you suggest, you would simply ask him to show you the hidden files.
To further elaborate, the act of asking the boyfriend to show hidden files would be the admittance of a lack of trust.
It would also prove that the "open door policy" is not applicable, absolute or has been absolved. By hiding files it is readily apparent that the boyfriend does not accept total disclosure of all personal beliefs, ideas, interests and activities. Once those measures have been taken any precursory agreement must be assumed to be null and void.
This is why you always hide your porn in a folder titled Pr0nz. It is best to hide everything in plain sight.
Wow.. awesome "legal" response!
To the OP:
Despite what you said, I think your relationship has some serious issues to solve. If your relationship was really open and honest, then you would not even be here asking how to view hidden files (like others have pointed out).
I am not judging you, I am just saying how I feel about your situation after having read your post and comment.
Again, like others have pointed out, if he really wanted to hide stuffs from you, there are tons of ways to do that without you ever finding them. He could use any online storage service or even use a Gmail account as a drive. He could also, create a .dmg password-protected file and name it expenses.dmg or even place it in folders where Spotlight does not perform any search.
As far as the comments you did not like, you asked for an unethical solution. It's normal for some to reply like they did.