How do you hide your most valuable, sensitive files and folders on a Mac? If you step away from your Mac you leave your files accessible to anyone walking by in office, home, or school.
The price of privacy and security might have diminishing returns, but the Mac has a few inexpensive apps that help to hide files and folders from prying eyes.
First on the list is UberMask. Invoke a hokey and whatever files and folders you decide are hidden from view. Or, use a different hotkey to hide a single file or folder.
UberMask protects itself against intrusion with a password, so others who have access to your Mac’s files will have a difficult time finding them.
For a few dollars less there’s Hider. Like UberMask, Hider hides files and folders, requires a password to unhide, but also allows groups of folders and files.
While using Hider you have the option to view files using the Mac’s built-in Quick Look to preview files.
Not to be outdone in the price department is Secret Folder for Mac. Files and folders and folder content can be hidden. Drag, drop, click the Invisible-Visible button. Even add a password.
Despite the fact that it’s more expensive than Hider or UberMask, Secret Folder doesn’t encrypt files (although you can create a disk image and encrypt that), and it simply uses Mac OS X to make files and folders invisible to casual viewers.