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    Dec 12, 2010
    How do I make a folder private from other user accounts?
    I want to make a folder that can only be accessible from my user account on my iMac. I know that schools and other places with shared account on an iMac have this; it is just a folder with it's name and a small, red negative sign that prevents you form opening it if it is not on your account. I'm not really looking to make a Disc Image thing unless someone wants to give me detailed instructions on it, I already made one and have no idea how to save to it, use it, or even open it.

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    Sep 09, 2009
    Down Under :D
    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)

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    Jun 16, 2010
    2010 MBP 15" i7, 2.66 GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OS-X 10.7.2; iPhone4 iOS 5.0
    If every user on your Mac has their own, individual user account, then by default no-one will be able to see the contents of another's Home folder. All they will see is the wee red negative sign you describe.

    So the short answer is: there is nothing you need "do" to achieve what you intend, beyond set-up User Accounts for everyone that will be regularly using your computer. It all already exists in OS-X as a native part of the OS.
    Keep it Straight with Rudder

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    Apr 09, 2009
    Ithaca NY
    13 inch alMacBook 2GHz C2D 4G DDR3, 1.25GHz G4 eMac
    Radio nailed it.

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    Nov 16, 2009
    North Louisiana, USA
    2.8 GHz MacBook Pro 10.11, 8 GB mem, iPhone 6+
    Radio's right as long as you remember to store the folder you want to hide somewhere inside your User folder. Someone else who has an admin account on the system would only see it if they know how to change file and folder permissions. If you are really concerned about the security of that folder store it in an encrypted disk image inside your user folder.
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