How to Password Protect Folders on Mac with/without Disk Utility

2018-07-18 08:39:51 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

I would like to password protect folders (under Documents) so even if I leave my Mac on, someone cannot just open up some sensitive files. How do I do that? If not by folder, do I have to password protect each file?  ― From KHONAIR

Do you want to password protect a folder on Mac? Do you have some personal photos, videos or documents that you don’t want other people to have access to? Is there a best way on how to password protect a folder on Mac? This article will show you two ways to password protect Mac folders, and you can choose the way that suits you best to create a password on any folders on your Mac. In addition, maybe you will want to password protect your apps and block the distracted websites as well. Here I will recommend you a good tool accordingly.

How to Password Protect Folders on Mac for Free with Disk Utility

Disk Utility makes it free and easy to password protect your files and folders without any software. It is a default built-in feature of the Mac OS X allows you to create password-protected folders. The steps below will show you how to password protect a folder Mac.

Step 1. Open Disk Utility, you can open Disk Utility from the Application > folder or by searching for it in Spotlight Search, then go to the menu bar and select File > New Image > Image from Folder. A little window will pop up for you to select.

Step 2. Select the folder you want to encrypt, and then click the Choose button on the bottom right. There will pop up a new window, where you can reset the file name and choose a location to saved it. Choose a proper encryption type to encrypt your folder.


Step 3. Then a new window will come up to request you set a password. Create a password that you always remember, because the password will be required each time the disk image (.dmg) is opened. And click Save to finish this encryption process. 

Maybe you will think this free way without any software is a little complex and tedious, if you long for a simple way, you can use the following two easier ways. More detailed information about using Disk Utility: How to Lock A Folder for Free without Software.

How to Password Protect Folder on MAC without Disk Utility

There are also ways to password protect folder Mac without using Disk Utility. Perhaps the first way is not convenient and useful enough. Next let’s talk about how to password protect a folder on mac without disk utility. 

MacFort is a competitive and wonderful tool that gives you the ability to password protect folders and files on Mac. Just with simple clicks, it will let you password protect several applications data, such as iPhoto Library, Outlook, Evernote etc. or any private folders easily. It provides 15-day free trial without e-mail register.

Step 1. Download and Install MacFort on your Mac. 

Step 2. Launch it. Set your vault name and password. Then click Create button.  Note that if you forget the password there is no way to retrieve it. 

Step 3. Click the left arrow(privacy) on the right top. Then click the Add symbol to import folders that you want to password protect. Click the button beside Location option to choose the folder. Then name it and click OK button. Now that it's done.

If you want to unlock the folders, you can double-click them in the list or press Decrypt option and then type the password. Then the folder won’t be protected.

Though MacFort for Mac encrypts folders using the same disk image method as Disk Utility, it creates password to lock folders much more quickly than Disk Utility, with the help of a friendly and intuitive interface. It is a standalone app to password protect folder Mac without Disk Utility, and no one can view an encrypted vault without knowing the correct password. If you are interested in using this tool, you can get your free trial on its official website.

Besides Password Protect Folders on Mac, Lock Privacy Apps or Websites on Mac is Significant As Well

In the parts above, we talk about how to password protect a folder on Mac. In this part, we are going to share a bonus tip. If you want to password protect apps or websites on Mac, not only folders and files, Cisdem AppCrypt would be a fantastic choice. It is designed specifically for MAC system to protect your applications and block the distracted website on Safari and Google Chrome. It is the best encryption software for Mac that will allow you to safely and securely password protect iPhoto, iTunes, Contacts, iMovie, Facebook or any app and website you like on your Mac. And it also encrypts your files in an indirect way. You always need an app to open your file, if you encrypt your app with Cisdem AppCrypt, the file will not be opened unless you have the password to launch the app, and the security is very high.

There are many third-party apps to protect applications with password on Mac, why do I particularly recommend Cisdem Appcrpt? You can know the reason from its features:

  • Very easy to use, just import the application you want to protect by drag n drop to in AppCrypt can password protect application successfully;
  • Can lock Mac apps (Contacts, Photos, Email etc) and Block websites (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc.) .
  • Goes into hibernation or standby when you are having a coffee break;
  • Can unlock the password protected apps on a certain specific time.
  • Keep track of failed attempts with date, time and optional captured photos so that you can review and find suspicious activities.

How to password protect app and website on MAC with Cisdem Appcrypt.

Step 1. Download and install Cisdem AppCrypt on your MAC. Then launch it on.

Step 2. A window will pop up to request your set a password. Input the password and check I have read and I understand this warning and click Submit button.

Step 3. AppCrypt will lock four system applications by default. Just click OK button directly.

Step 4. Click Add App on the top menu bar to add the apps and websites that you want to protect. The protected apps and blocked websites will be listed on the left column.

If you want to relieve a certain locked app or blocked website. Select it and click Remove App button.

Kindly noted that AppCrypt can not open folders directly. It is an app locker and website blocker If you still have any other concerns, please feel free to share your ideas below in comment, we are willing to discuss with you for better solutions.

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3 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Dedan

    I'm apt to give AppCrypt a try, but I see it can not lock folders. What a pity! If I want to use it lock Office Document on my Mac computer, will this be came true?

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Hi Dendan, Thanks for your attention. It is safe to say, AppCrypt can lock Office Document App, but is unable to lock folders directly.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Patrick Lane

    Thanks a lot for your post ... Patrick (MySafe developper)

    4 years ago REPLY