I have an appointment to bring my iMac in tomorrow for service at an Apple store. I think all I need is for the inside of the front glass to be cleaned, and they told me I shouldn't need to leave it, but who knows.
I just realized that I haven't ever brought any computer in for service in 20 years of owning them (I've been lucky, I guess). I want to do everything I can to protect my privacy.
I've moved sensitive documents and information off both internal hard drives. I've emptied the trash. I've also cleared the history and cache on all three browsers I use.
I'm not going to go to the trouble to move all video files and pictures off my internal hard drives. It's way too much data. There is definitely stuff I consider private that I don't want others to look at, but I just can't see moving all of it. I'd love to password-protect the folders so nobody can get in them, but apparently that isn't possible (I don't want to go through creating encrypted disk images--again, way too much data).
Is there anything else I should do to protect my privacy before I bring my computer in for service?
Is there any easy way to password-protect folders and files?
I went in Finder and locked one folder, but it still opens up with no problem, so that didn't help. I presume this is because I'm the only one who uses my computer and I don't require a password on startup. I also presume that such a password wouldn't prevent techs from looking at something if they were so inclined.
I'm not as worried about all of this as I would be if I were bringing the computer in to some independent servicer (instead of the Apple store where I'm bringing it). But I really don't like the idea that the techs will have access to everything on my hard drives while they are servicing my computer.
Any advice is appreciated.