password folder

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
anyone know how to create a folder thst needs a password to open??

tks alot!!


  • Reply 1 of 6
    nebagakidnebagakid Posts: 2,692member
    Well, in Mac OS 9, apple provides a utility to do just that, but, hmmm

    Maybe you can just make a folder in X with certain permissions, or maybe an inviable folder so the only way to open it is to know the exact path to it <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    Create a folder in the console as root. This folder should only be accessible if you are root. That should work.


    My bad, replied too quick w/o thinking. That folder would be viewable by anyone, but only root could write to it. You would need to run the command "chmod a-rwx /folderpath/ -R" as root, where folderpath is the path to the folder. (I can't remember if -R is the correct extention, read the "man chmod" there's an extention you need to use when you do this on folders). The 'a' means that you are changing permissions for all users (except the owner, which is root since root created it), the '-' means you are subtracting permissions, the 'rwx' are the permissions 'r'=read/'w'=write/'x'=execute. This means that no one except root can read the folder, write to the folder or execute.

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    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    If there's was a SIMPLE way to do this in Jaguar, that would be one feature I'd be willing to pay for.

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    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    I'm sure that I could whip up a front-end to chmod for you once I get my PowerBook and learn some Cocoa. It'd be pretty easy.

    You could technically do this to any folder since you can use 'chown' to change ownership. I could easily make a front end that just asks who you want the folder to be accessible to, how secure you want it, and ask for the passwords to change the permissions around. Then just use the console commands in the background.

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  • Reply 5 of 6
    For OS X you can try <a href=""; target="_blank">LameSecure</a>...?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Thanks, Artman! Despite the name giving me the same feeling I get when I buy "For Dummies" books, I think I'll try it out. It sounds like it does what I want to do.

    One thing I have to give props to M$ for, they make it easy to password protect Office (or at least Word, which I use) files.

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