This article mainly talks about how to effortlessly password protect Mac Mail. It also offers useful tips.
I want to use Mail on my Mac for my Gmail account, but I don’t want everyone who uses the Mac to have access to my inbox, and I don’t want to set up multiple user accounts for the computer because the Mac is constantly running iTunes so my Apple TV can access its library and it would be annoying to have to log in and out each time I leave the computer idle. Is there a way to prompt for a password when Mail is launched? - A question from a MacRumors forum
Apple Mail, officially called Mail, is an email client included with macOS, iOS, iPadOS and watchOS. If Mac Mail is your only or primary email client, then it’s particularly important to keep it away from prying eyes. The article will show you how to put a password on Apple Mail on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac etc.
You can easily put a password on Apple Mail on Mac using Cisdem AppCrypt, the best app locker and website blocker for Mac.
In step 5, you can also select other apps that you want to lock.
Now the Mail app on your Mac is protected with password. When one tries to open it, the app won’t open, and a dialog box will show up asking for password.
If the password entered is correct, Mail will be unlocked. If the password entered is wrong, Mail will remain protected, and AppCrypt will record the failed attempt with the date, time and a photo of the intruder. (The photo on the screenshot below is blurred for privacy’s sake.)
To remove the protection, select Mail in the sidebar and click Remove App.
Turn on the Auto Lock feature When turned on, the Auto Lock feature will automatically lock your unlocked Mail app after it is not active for a while.
Enable the Launch at system startup option If it’s enabled, AppCrypt will automatically open and start protecting Mail (and other apps) upon startup. This way, the protecting can be more effective.
Block websites In addition to helping you password protect Mac Mail, it can also help you block distracting, inappropriate or other unwanted websites.
Some users on a MacRumors forum mentioned the possibility to password protect Mail on Mac with the help of Disk Utility, a pre-installed app to perform disk related tasks. Does it help? Let’s find out.
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Below is how.
Now the Mail folder is an encrypted DMG file. Someone thought that encrypting the Mail folder would prevent Mac Mail app from being opened. It’s not true. You can still launch the app as usual. And opening the Mac Mail app will automatically create a new Mail folder in the Library folder. If your email account is logged in, one can easily view your emails in the opened Mail app.
If your purpose is to back up and encrypt your Mac Mail database, then the steps above may be of some help. Disk Utility does a good job of password protecting folders.
Here’s how to access the encrypted Mail folder. Click the DMG file. Enter the password. Click OK. In the sidebar of Finder, you can find the folder with its files in it under the Devices section. To encrypt again, control-click it in the sidebar and choose Eject.
In addition to the methods to password protect Mac Mail, there are also tips that may be helpful.
If there are multiple accounts, just repeat the last two steps. One has to sign out each time one leaves the computer idle. It’s not efficient at all.
To prevent other people from accessing your Mail and its data, you can password protect Apple Mail. You can also create a guest account for other users of your Mac.
If someone wants to use your computer, you can let him or her log in as a guest user. This way, other users can user your Mac with no access at all to your stuff including your Mail app data. In scenarios where other people need to access your files, the best solution is to password protect Mac Mail (and other important apps).
Apple does a good job of letting users send or receive digitally signed and encrypted emails with the best email encryption for Mac and iOS. But when it comes to preventing the Mail app from being accessed by other people, there isn’t a built-in solution.
There are quite a few reasons to password protect Mac Mail and other applications.
AppCrypt for Mac makes it super easy to password protect apps with utmost safety and reliability. If you are looking for how to lock Mail on Mac, this article will help you out.
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