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

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 lock a folder on Mac? Do you have some personal photos, videos, or documents that you don’t want making their way into unwanted eyes? Do you know what is the best way on how to password protect a folder Mac? This article will show you two ways to password protect Mac folders and you can choose the best way that is suitable for you to create a password on any folders on your Mac. Besides these, we will also introduce a program to lock other apps on Mac at last.

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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.

  1. Open Disk Utility, you can open Disk Utility from the Application/ folder or by searching for it in Spotlight, then go to the menu bar and select File -> New -> Disk Image from Folder. A little window will pop up for you to select. Password Protect Folders on Mac with Disk Utility Step One
  2. Select the folder you want to encrypt, and then click the “Image” button on the bottom right. There will pop up a window, where you can set the save name of the file and location that it will saved to. And choose the encryption to encrypt your folder. Password Protect Folders on Mac with Disk Utility Step Two
  3. Create a password that you always remember, because the password will be required each time the disk image (.dmg) is opened. Make sure to uncheck Remember password in my keychain”. Click “OK” to finish this encryption process. This free way without any software is very 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. Password Protect Folders on Mac with Disk Utility Step Three

How to Password Protect a Folder on Mac without 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.

  1. Download the Install MacFort on your Mac. 
  2. Set vault name and password. Note that if you forget the password there is no way to retrieve it. 
  3. Add folders that you need password protect to the program. Password Protect Mac Folders with MacFort Step Three
  4. To unlock the folders, you can double-click them in the list or press “Decrypt” option and then type the password.

Thought MacFort for Mac encrypts folders using the same disk image method as Disk Utility, but MacFort 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 and no one can view an encrypted vault without knowing the correct password. If you are interested in using MacFort, 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

If you want to password protect apps or websites on Mac, not only folders and files, Cisdem AppCrypt should be a fantastic choice. It is designed specifically for encrypting your applications to make sure you are the only master running your Mac. 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 select any application you want to protect by drag'n'drop;
  • Can lock Mac apps and websites on specific days and times;
  • Goes into hibernation or standby when you are having a coffee break;
  • Protect your vital files, essays, reports and social media messages by locking some apps when in classroom, library or other public places;
  • Keep track of failed attempts with date, time and optional captured photos so that you can review and find suspicious activities.

You can learn more from How to Lock Apps on Mac (macOS Sierra Included). Meanwhile, I should friendly remind you that AppCrypt can not open folders directly, because it is an app locker. 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.

2017-07-03 22:29:17 / Posted by to Mac App Blocker Follow @ Rosa

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