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    Hide videos?
    My macbook is used by my sister at times when she has to do papers for school and she stars browsing through my computer at times. I want to know if there is a way to hide videos or pictures. Because I know if you click videos or pics from the finder it shows them all. I have sorority pictures that she's not supposed to be seeing. (Not anything bad, it's just pledgeship process that no one is supposed to know about unless they experience it personally). I don't want to transfer anything out of my computer because I wouldn't want to lose it and then it be worse. I'm yet to find a way to try and hide the files while still keeping them in my laptop. Any help?

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    A quick and dirty way is to prefix any folder/file you wish to "hide" with a "." (dot) and Finder will no longer show the folder/file.

    But this is very easily circumvented by using the command line, a better option would be Hide Folders for Mac - Freeware program to protect documents and folders on Mac OS X which allows you to put a password around the hidden folders..


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    You can also have different accounts setup on your computer...that are password protected. So as long as you are not logged into your computer when your sister starts using it, she won't see your stuff.

    You would either have to "log out" of your account before leaving the computer, or "sleep it or shut it down"...and have your computer setup to require a "log-in" (account name & password) when it's "woken up" or restarted.


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    +1 for the separate accounts - honestly, I never share my account with anyone. Just create her a user account, doesn't have to have extreme privileges, just a basic user account and she'll have her own dock, her own background and appearances, etc. Best way to keep peace of mind is to keep everything separate.

    And, if you do that, make sure you don't store those photos in a publicly readable folder (ie: if you store it on a folder on an external hard drive, you need to change the permissions on that folder so that she can't open it)
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    You could make a virtual disk. Using Disk Utility you can create a file that acts like a disk and you can password protect it via the Encryption option. See File-->New-->'Blank Disk Image...'. Remember to make it big enough for all the files you want to place on it, or make it a sparse image.
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