Others use Apple’s built-in FileVault technology to encrypt everything on the Mac.
The former provides little security, while the latter may be overkill for most of us. What’s in between? An elegant way to encrypt and password protect files and folders right within the Mac’s Finder.
Doing What The Mac Doesn’t Do
Every now and again I run into a Mac app that’s surprisingly useful, and does something I haven’t been able to do in the past (at least, not easily).
That’s Espionage, a poorly named but very useful Mac app that encrypts and password protects folders on your Mac.
What it does isn’t as simple as much as it is easy. With a click you can encrypt the contents of a folder on your Mac, make it password protected, and do it right from the Finder.
The claim to fame, though, despite being misnamed, is the easy way Espionage works. One click of the Espionage icon in the Menubar displays all your protected folders.
Settings are equally straightforward. Select a folder to encrypt or decrypt from the same location in the Menubar, and change other options with a click, including the folder size.
Espionage lets you manage multiple sets of folders and you can protect each one with a different password.
Creating a new folder set is as easy as a click in the Preferences.
Espionage also lets you change the size of folders (disk images) from the Menubar by using a simple slider and a click.
The app also plays nice nice with Spotlight search, Time Machine, and other online backup services.
It couldn’t be much simpler to create very secure folders of confidential or sensitive information right from the Mac’s Menubar.
I have a problem with the name Espionage. It’s really more of an anti-espionage app, no?