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1414 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2007 7:56 AM by Mike N. (nahyunil)
Best bet is to use an application to make your files/folders invisible/encrypted/password protectd, such as Ghost Spere.
Check out Version Tracker (http://www.versiontracker.com) and search for 'hiding files' or 'hiding folders' to start. You should find a number of apps to suit your needs.
P.S. If you don't already, VersionTracker is a daily must. We check it automatically whenever there is a change.Mac OS X (10.4)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2007 10:44 PM (in response to Daniel Marr)Another option is to logout when you leave the machine and also to set a firmware password that'll preclude anyone else from booting the machine with a disk or external HD. See http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106482 for details.G4 450 MP Gigabit, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 29, 2007 6:48 AM (in response to ipsyd)Daniel is right that creating physical security is the best way to ensure privacy on your machine, but if you find that to be too much of a pain (e.g., booting in target mode, booting from CDs both require extra steps, which of course you will forget to do on the first two or three attempts) then another solution is to use Disk Image to create an encrypted .dmg file, and then put all your sensitive material there. Just don't put the password of the .dmg into your keychain when you unlock the image! There are lots of advantages to this approach - in its normal, unexpanded form, the compressed .dmg looks pretty boring - a "passive snooper" wouldn't give it a second look. (You can name it <whatever-you-want>.dmg.) Then, when the .dmg is open, you can work with it just like any mounted disk - and when you eject it, changes are automatically saved. Also, Spotlight does not, by default, index expanded .dmgs -- though, you can index them if you want, and, Spotlight only reports results on the .dmg so long as it is mounted.
The disadvantages, as far as I can see, both relate to the encryption. If you forget your password, you're hosed. Pick something you'll remember! Also if the encrypted file becomes corrupt, you're also (likely) hosed. Keep an archive of them somewhere so you've got a clean, if a bit older, copy around to turn to in that case.Dual 2.5Ghz G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9), 3.5GB RAM
Thanks for these excellent suggestions - it's especially interesting to know that dmg files save changes when ejecting. Have not gone that way though - GhostSphere is doing the job, managing various dispersed folders simultaneously, in a bearable 2-step process.
And does anyone know how to lock the Spotlight Privacy pref panel?? <wink>MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2007 7:38 AM (in response to baltwo)baltwo, re firmware pw: thanks, but...
I totally get that this would work, but it's too scary for me. I don't want to give up the option to boot from a CD/DVD in times of trouble...
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