password lock a folder?

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  1. ilovestars

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    Hi guys!anyone know if there is an application that can lock folders?? =) thank you! I want to keep some excel files private..
     
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    try Espionage. it can also lock and password protect an application, im using it right now on my YM, adium and some private files.
     
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    what do you mean by locking folders?

    if you're not requiring any password, a simple terminal command would be to change the permission of the folder to

    chmod go-rwx <folder name>
    chmod u+rwx <folder name>

    i'll find the octal equivalent, forgot it already :)
     
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    That'd be

    chmod 700 <folder name>

    @viral_variance, I guess ilovestars shares his account with friends or officemates that he'd want his files password-protected. With the default user permissions, other users can't get in to a user's home directory anyway.

    @skinhead, I see it is Shareware. Is it the "pay if you like" or "pay after x days" kind of shareware? [Edit: It's $24.95 for a single-user license but it seems like its a user-friendly implementation for keeping prying eyes off important files]
     
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    @skinhead, I see it is Shareware. Is it the "pay if you like" or "pay after x days" kind of shareware? [Edit: It's $24.95 for a single-user license but it seems like its a user-friendly implementation for keeping prying eyes off important files][/quote]

    @bacchus_3, it is a "pay after x days" shareware, I had Espionage installed in my Mac and it expires after X days, can't recall if it's 15 or 30 days. :cool:
     
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    Thanks bacchus_3! it only takes a sudoer to view the files anyway :D
     
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    Apimac Secret Folder is nice.
     
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    or you can just make an invisible folder via the terminal bash
    a similar way:

    go to terminal bash type mkdir ".foldername" (exclude the quotations)

    be sure to do this while your in the target location e.g home

    OSX will create an invisible folder...
     
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    I think the selling point of these apps is integration with Finder and the convenience of automating hide/unhide and/or protect/unprotect that'd make this security app usable for 'dummies'.
     
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    thanks guys!=) will try your suggestions

    sorry mods, i did search,but i guess i didn't search thoroughly..=/
     
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    Hi!

    i did tried espionage (trial version for 60 days) then after that i uninstalled it but suddenly my Files became Sparsbundle (Sparse Disk Image Bundle).. i can't open it, so can anybody here can help/know how to reopen the said files of mine.
     
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    Right click on the sparsebundle file, and select Show Package Contents.
     
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    i already did sir chito, still i can't open it just like before.
     
  15. ricocamus

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    A simple way to create a password protected folder is to use disk utiity and create an encrypted disk image. Put the folders you want to protect in the image and then eject the image when you are done using it. When you double click on the image, you will be prompted for the password used when you created the disk.

    Step by step:
    1. launch disk utility
    2. click create new image
    3. select where you want to save the disk image and be sure to select encryption from the options.
    4. Now you have a password protected disk image
     
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    Sir chito, i opened it na. thanks! ;=)
     
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    That's great Dennis! Please share the trick with the other members.
     
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    *If your Espionage was unable to restore a folder it will place the disk image that contained the contents of the folder in to the parent folder.

    *Like for example, My Espionage'd folder was called "Dennis", and was on my Desktop, it would have this path: /Users/dennis/Desktop/Dennis

    *And after failing to restore the folder (this can happen if Espionage can't retrieve the folder's password from the keychain), Espionage would place the disk image here:

    /Users/dennis/Desktop/Dennis.sparsebundle

    To get your files:

    1) Double-click on the sparsebundle and enter the password for the folder (if you have not already done so)
    2) For technical reasons, you won't see it mount, but it did, so...
    3) From the Finder's Go menu, select "Go to Folder..."
    4) In the sheet that appears, enter: /Volumes/<name of the folder>

    So for our example, since the name of my folder is "Dennis", i just enter: /Volumes/Dennis

    Since your folder is named differently, just enter "/Volumes/", followed by the name of your folder and press Go.

    You should now see all your files, you can copy them out to where you need.

    Pinahirapan ako nito ng konti, like 5-10 minutes He he he ;-)
     
  19. LeoCastillo

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    As an option, you can simply create an encrypted disk image for your Mac via disk utility.
    Works very well, easy to use and it's FREE.

    Google "disk utility encrypted disk image". Or here's one that is step by step and has a lot of pictures:

    http://www.macinstruct.com/node/76

    Leo
     
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    @Leo,

    Sir, Thank you very much for sharing this technique.

    The only disadvantage I see with this is that the image has a fixed size and does not change whether you have 1 MB or 40MB in a 40MB image (It will still appear as 40MB file). Still I think this is better than 3rd party solutions.
     
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