The higher the level of security you have on your Mac computer, the safer your files will be. This is correct if you let several people use your PC. For your most vital files, it is a brilliant idea to create a password-safeguarded folder, for more protection.
If you right-tap on a folder, password protection will be one of the options revealed to you. But you can seamlessly create a safeguarded folder on your Mac with these instructions.
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How Can I Password Protect A Folder On Mac?
1. Turn your folder into a .dmg file to safeguard vital files
For the creation of a password-protected folder on your Mac, adhere to these steps to turn your folder into a disc image file (.dmg).
- If you are yet to do it, create the folder you wish to encrypt and add your vital files to it.
- Launch the Apps folder on your Mac.
- Launch the Utilities folder.
- Launch the Disk Utility application.
- From the menu at the top of your display to the right of the Apple icon, select File.
- From the File menu, select New Image.
- From the File menu, select Image from Folder.
- You will see an opened folder window, select the file you wish to add a password to and tap Choose. The file can be renamed as soon as you select it.
- In the window that will be visible, you will see menus for Encryption and Image Format. They both have to be changed from the default choices.
- Tap the menu close to and select “128-bit AES encryption (recommended).” If you need more security, select “256-bit AES encryption (more secure, but slower).”
- As soon as you have selected your encryption level, a window will be visible that will prompt you to set your password. Tap the key icon to the right of the password to view how secure your password is. In this popup, you can even decide to let the system create a password on your behalf.
- Type the password two times and tap Choose to set it as your password. Ensure you do not forget your password. If you do, having access to your files will be impossible.
- Tap the menu close to Image Format and select “read/write.”
- Tap Save. It will take some time for the application to create a disk image for your folder. Tap Done to exit.
- Your original folder will still be present on your Mac, and it will not be encrypted. As soon as you are certain that accessing the disk image and the files is possible, get rid of your original folder.
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How Can I Use A Password Protected Finder?
Your password-protected folder will be visible in your Finder window as a .dmg file. Double tap to open it. You will be told to type in your password when you open the file.
The disk image of your folder will be visible below Locations on the left side of your Finder window after opening it with your password.
Tap on the folder name in the Locations menu to see the files inside. Files can be dragged into the .dmg folder the way it is done for a normal folder. Saving fresh files into this folder is allowed as well.
As soon as you type in your password, the disk image will stay open and will be in the Locations menu until it is ejected. Right tap on the folder and select “Eject [folder name]” to exit your folder. It will no longer be seen from the Locations menu.