Step away from your Mac at work and it’s open and ready to be viewed by anyone who passes by. Unless you’re at home all the time, your Mac is subject to sticky fingers by family members, neighbors, or late night burglars. Privacy and security disappear the moment your Mac is stolen or lost. What can you do?
Hide What You Do Not Want Others To See
Apple provides Mac users with a number of ways to help protect your files. They range from a simple password on the screensaver to FileVault which encrypts Mac files.
The Mac app market is replete with security and privacy utilities which promise to encrypt this or that with ease but can be complicated and expensive.
Or, you can simply hide what’s yours and prevent inquiring minds and roving eyes from seeing what they should not in the first place.
That’s what MacHider does. It hides files. Whatever you don’t want to be viewed by others can be password protected and then hidden on your Mac.
You’ll be the only one who knows where the files are, and how to open them. Apple’s built-in FileVault approach is to encrypt files, but they’re still accessible to anyone who sits down at your Mac while you’re away.
MacHider hides sensitive files into folders and then locks the folders and then hides the folders. It doesn’t modify the files. It organizes them. Well, actually, it lets you organize the files into folders that make sense to only you. You can also setup groups of files to hide.
The app comes with a few tools to make hiding quick and easy. There’s a contextual menu in the Finder. Select a file. Then select Hide File With MacHider and it’s put away, out of sight.
Files can be hidden securely on your Mac or any attached external disk drive. MacHider also uses Apple’s built-in Quick Look technology so you can preview files without opening files (because it’s easy to forget which folder some files were placed).
While folders can be hidden and protected with a password, the MacHider app is also protected by a password which makes it more difficult for an intruder to find files you don’t want to share.
Experienced Mac users or experts in security may have different, even more secure methods to encrypt and hide files such as Knox, but none are quite as easy, simple, and elegant as MacHider.
The only real negative is how the files are hidden. It’s more of an out of sight, out of mind attempt at security than the more secure encryption method employed by Knox.