You would not believe how many hacking and break-in attempts are made to any device connected to the internet, and that includes your Mac. Is there any way to keep your data safe and away from prying eyes? The answer is simple. Yes. So, what’s the problem? Which solution? There are many. Here’s another one you probably didn’t think about.
Hidden By Hider
The Mac Hider app combines a bit of modern technology with an old, time-honored security method which I prefer to call, ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’
In other words, if you can’t see the files, they’re probably not in any danger. That’s what Hider does. It hides your most important files so they can’t be viewed by thieves, hackers, friends, family, or co-workers.
Open Hider, enter the password, select files to hide, close hider. Done.
The way Hider works is rather simple. It uses secure AES 256-bit encryption to lock up your files with a password. Drag and drop and done. The files are secure but can be moved around on your Mac wherever you want; copied to another Mac, moved to an external disk, saved onto a portable flash thumb disk, even uploaded to iCloud.
Hider also makes it easy to organize the files you want to secure, which means you can use folders to store files in whatever file hierarchy you need. Files are even hidden from Spotlight search indexes, and, of course, from viewing in the Finder.
Hider’s charcoal gray interface makes it look and feel like a professional security app, and while it doesn’t have a long laundry list of bells and whistles, it has the basics down pat.
Create folders of files you want to hide. Save the folders and have them encrypted by Hider. The app is good for simple things like notes of phone numbers, credit card information, login IDs and passwords that need to be safely stored away. Incriminating photos? No problem.
For Mac users with many files to encrypt and secure, Hider has Finder tags capability built-in, making it easier to search and find, but still keep files hidden and secure.
Quick access is important, too, so you can get to your hidden Hider files from the Menubar icon. Power users will appreciate the global keyboard shortcuts.
As far as securing files is concerned, out of sight and out of mind works. You can do something similar with the built-in macOS Sierra Disk Utility which can create password protected and encrypted disk images, but Hider is much easier to use. If you’re worried about security but on a budget, there’s another app I like to use. It’s called Encrypto. It’s also simple to set up and use and you will like the price tag.