How do I password protect a folder?

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by NoisyCricket, May 25, 2006.

  1. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2004
    Messages:
    1,431
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Makati
    I tried using the search function, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

    How do I password protect a folder on my computer so that even if i'm logged on, and the system is not going to wake up from a screensaver or sleep which can be password protected, people won't be able to access the contents of that folder?

    Is there a way you can do this? Thanks!
     
  2. ikenn

    ikenn Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    Messages:
    857
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Manila
  3. lamski

    lamski PhilMUG Addict Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2005
    Messages:
    2,821
    Likes Received:
    423
    Location:
    Makati, Philippines
    Check out Knox. It's from the guys who made Path Finder. :)
     
  4. Polar Mac

    Polar Mac Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    1,004
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Quezon City
  5. wildcard

    wildcard Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2004
    Messages:
    1,902
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Paranaque/Muntinlupa/Liliw, Laguna
  6. reytomanila

    reytomanila Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Messages:
    601
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    back in manila
    try visiting www.tucows. for some more freebie security apps.
     
  7. NoisyCricket

    NoisyCricket Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2004
    Messages:
    1,431
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Makati
    hahaha! Sounds good! [​IMG] Although unfortunately, the free version does not allow password protection. Still it totally hides said folder from view.

    Another useful thing I've discovered is to require a password when your system goes into sleep mode. that works (manually) just as well.
     
    #7 NoisyCricket, May 27, 2006
    Last edited: May 27, 2006
  8. jm2ph

    jm2ph Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabang, Muntinlupa,Metro Manila
    The one with the password is really what i need i feel more secure but for now ill use the hide folder. thanks guys.
     
  9. moyzee222

    moyzee222 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabang
    Password Protect a Folder?

    Hi...Do you guys know how to pasword protect a folder? I have "files" that I dont want family and friends to accidentaly see when they use my laptop;) Thanks!
     
  10. arelcee

    arelcee Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Philippines
    Re: Password Protect a Folder?

    If you are sharing your laptop with other people that you don't want looking at your files, I suggest that you create a separate account for them and just enable fast user switching.
     
  11. elbert

    elbert Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2004
    Messages:
    13,923
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Manila
    Re: Password Protect a Folder?

    I like to use HideMe. But search MacUpdate.com or VersionTracker.com and use the keyword 'hide' to find other titles of software that serve the same purpose.
     
  12. LeoCastillo

    LeoCastillo Maestro
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2005
    Messages:
    4,902
    Likes Received:
    278
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Philippines
    Re: Password Protect a Folder?

    The best solution I know of: use password-protected disk images.

    What is a disk image? It's basically a virtual disk. You've used them often na, actually. These are the same .DMG files that you usually get to install apps (like Skype or Adium).

    You can make a disk image using Disk Utility, the same program used to repair permission. Just launch Disk Utility under Application>Utilities. Click File>New>Blank Disk Image.

    Specify what size you want the disk image to be, and then activate password encryption. It will then create the DMG file. When you open it, it'll ask for the password then load it just like a USB Drive, use it exactly as a virtual USB drive, read, write, whatever. EJect it when your done.

    You can make as many multiple DMG files as your storage can manage.
    Let me know how it goes. Enjoy!

    Leo
     
  13. moyzee222

    moyzee222 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Alabang
    Re: Password Protect a Folder?

    Wow, that was fast. I'll try to do the recommendations and see what I like the best. Thanks guys for the tip and info!
     
  14. wlvn

    wlvn Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't get it. You can easily find the hidden files by opening HideMe. So why bother? Or am i doing something wrong?
     
  15. Kelvin

    Kelvin Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2004
    Messages:
    1,514
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Makati
    Try out Espionage, you can password protect individual files and folders. Best of all you can even choose to encrypt the folders if you want total security. Been using it for a while now to hide financial records and cost estimates sent to clients on our studio computers.
     
  16. mannyespejo

    mannyespejo Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    1,144
    Likes Received:
    2
    I use MacHider. I have a trial version which allows me to hide 3 files only. But the trick is, it also counts a folder as a single file, so I just dropped everything on that folder and use the app to hide. Even if you open the app again, it won't show the hidden folder unless you make it visible in the application.
     
  17. macky2green

    macky2green Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    804
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Doha, Qatar
    Thank you so much to this thread, I've also been looking for a file/folder privacy protection for the longest time and among all the posts in this thread, I feel most comfy with MacHider. ;)

    A little OT, thanks also to Sir Elbert for his post... though my Google search led me to a different topic/purpose, I'm now finally able to access restricted sites here in Doha, Qatar with that. [Post with all due respect.] Its like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone. Hehe! :D
     
  18. ricocamus

    ricocamus Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    828
    Likes Received:
    23
    Re: Password Protect a Folder?

    I like this solution because its free and no download required.

    I actually use this method to keep important files safe.

    Multiple layers of protection is also a good idea:

    1. if you share your computer with others, create separate accounts.
    2. adjust the security settings in system preferences to require password when waking up from sleep or from a screen saver
    3. adjust the screen saver settings so that it activates regularly (10 minutes or so)
    4. if you know you are going to be away from your machine for some time (get coffee, go to lunch) activate the screen saver by going to a 'hot corner'

    None of these steps require additional software.
     
  19. alistair

    alistair Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Messages:
    931
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Makati
    Between Knox and Truecrypt, I'll go with Truecrypt. http://www.truecrypt.org/

    The only thing is that Truecrypt only deals with encrypted volumes, not folders, which is what the OP wants.

    On the other hand, I don't see the need for an encrypted folder if one has encrypted volumes. YMMV.
     
    #19 alistair, Feb 10, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2012
  20. coolpix32

    coolpix32 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Messages:
    965
    Likes Received:
    58
    I use Hide Folders but only the free version. But it has no password protection. The paid version has.
     

Share This Page

  • About PhilMUG

    Since the mid-1990s, PhilMUG (formerly the Philippine Macintosh Users Group) has grown to become not just the Philippines’ but one of the world’s foremost Apple user groups. Our online community brings together thousands of members from the Philippines and around the world for the latest news and discussions covering all Apple products and related hardware and software. Anyone can join PhilMUG, from newbies to experts, subject to our membership rules and guidelines.
  • Like us on Facebook

  • Buy us a beer!

    The staff works very hard to make sure that PhilMUG is running 24/7. Care to buy us a beer or help out with our hosting fees? We'd really appreciate it!

    Donate to us!