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How To Password Protect Files & Folders With MacOS

So, You Want To Know How To Password Protect Your Folds In MacOS, Huh?

So, you would like to know how to password protect your files and folders on a Mac PC, huh? All right, I mean, why would you not want to do that? With hackers and thieves gaining more and more ways of invading and stealing private citizens information and bringing untold ruin to themselves, it only makes sense that you might want to encrypt specific files and folders.

So, in this article of ours, we are going to go over the steps a person needs to take in order to learn how to encrypt and protect your personal information from would-be thieves and pirates.

I feel it is important to mention that, while different operating systems and functions operate differently from one another, generally there is no way to regain access to your encrypted files and folders if you lose or forget your password.

So, please, take the opportunity to write down and or save your password somewhere safe, because if you forget it, there is a good chance your files are gone.

Why Would I Want To Do This? It Sounds Like Additional Work.

True, it is a bit of additional work, especially if you are unsure of how the process works, but I can ensure you that this is good to know for sensitive and private documents, especially if friends and family play and works on your PC and you worry they might see something they should not be privy too.

This is optional, of course, but it never hurts to have that little bit of extra protection; a little bit extra security, especially if you are the kind of man or woman who works on the go via a laptop.

Protecting Your Files With Encrypted Folders.

Okay, to begin, we will cover how to password protect your folders as this incorporates both aspects of the article into one, meaning that by learning how to encrypt and protect your folders via this method, you will also be protecting your files and its content.

Okay, say you want to put a password on a folder that holds (or will hold) sensitive information, and you do not want anyone besides yourself seeing, how do you encrypt that folder? Well, to begin, you will want to go to Image from Folder in the Disk Utility menu.

This will open up a new menu for you to interact with and investigate. Now that you are there and you have this window open, you will want to select the folder that you would like to protect via a password. Click on it and press on the choose button in the right-hand corner of the window.

Now that you have done this, you are free to name the folder as anything you want. You will also be able to save the folder anywhere you want (I recommend the main desktop, but that is just me.) Once you are done and satisfied with setting the parameters of the security, you are free to move onward.

Lastly, a new window will appear asking for you to enter your password and then retype it once more. As always, please take care in choosing your password and knowing where it is, if it is lost, then the folder and its contents will be potentially lost to the aether for good.

Once you have your password set and memorized, click on the save button and the program will tell you that the folder will be ready in a few short seconds. Once you have access to this folder and know where it is, you may move any files or programs into the encrypted folder.

That Is About It.

Really? That is it? Yep, just about. Following this method, you can create safe and secure folders that only you may access, thus protecting your files and encrypting them. By doing this, if you are the person who is concern about hackers or thieves getting access to your device, they will have a harder time getting to your private information.

Same if you have friends, family, or co-workers who interact with you and or your machine. This will ensure that no one besides you get access to that private and sensitive information, regardless of what it might be about.

Yes, this method might seem trivial or inane for some, but it is only there for your protection and benefit, and if you do not feel you need it, or you have other methods of protecting yourself, that is great! The method above is just here as a general guide and default way of protecting files for Mac users.

Final Thoughts And Opinions

Data protection and privacy rights have become an essential discussion in online discourse over the past few years. With companies and organizations sneaking spyware in with their programs, reporting what they want back to governments and big businesses, being able to say no and stop them from seeing and accessing sensitive private information is all the more gratifying. Always remember to be safe out there; God knows who, or what is watching.


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