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I'm sorry if this is obvious information, but I just realized the other day that I was confused about some things.

First off, what exactly is a hidden file? If I select a picture, and make it "Hidden" in the Info panel, what does that do?

Also, is there any way to require a password to view a certain folder? I know how to hide a folder from Spotlight, but is there any way to password protect it?

Let's just say that my girlfriend and I have taken to taking a lot of pictures lately, and I don't need anyone else to stumble upon them.
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1) a hidden file is a file that is hidden -if you make a file hidden and refresh the finder window it will not be there anymore

2) not sure


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The only way I know to password protect your files is:

Determine how big a "folder" you need

Go to Utilities > Disk Utility and create a new disk image (new image button)

Select a size, select 128 encryption and read/write

Once done it will ask you for a password. Mount the disk image and put all your files in in.

When mounting the disk image make sure "add password to keychain" is off, otherwise anybody can open it

I won't ask what sort of pictures they are
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The only way I know to password protect your files is:

Determine how big a "folder" you need

Go to Utilities > Disk Utility and create a new disk image (new image button)

Select a size, select 128 encryption and read/write

Once done it will ask you for a password. Mount the disk image and put all your files in in.

When mounting the disk image make sure "add password to keychain" is off, otherwise anybody can open it

I won't ask what sort of pictures they are
Wow.

That was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you so much.
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A lazy person or even an energetic person (but each with not-so-sensitive stuff) can hide it in application icons, after right-clicking one and choosing Show Package Contents.

Who thinks of looking in app icons for documents?
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A lazy person or even an energetic person (but each with not-so-sensitive stuff) can hide it in application icons, after right-clicking one and choosing Show Package Contents.

Who thinks of looking in app icons for documents?
Yeah, that is a really good spot for hiding. I'm just super paranoid about stuff like that. I wanted to REALLY hide it.

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