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3 Ways to Protect Your Files in OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on 2017-07-12

Our files and documents are probably the most important things in our computers, so protecting them should be our top priority. The good news for Apple users is that Macbooks are excellent in terms of security and privacy. Here are three ways you can take full advantage of the Macbook security features to keep your files safe.

Activate the "File Vault"

"File Vault" is undoubtedly the best and safest way of protecting your files in OS X.

When activated, it encrypts your startup disk, thereby preventing your documents from being viewed, modified, or deleted from unauthorized users.

To activate the File Vault, click on the Apple Menu > “Security & Privacy” > click "File Vault". Then click on the lock icon and enter your password to make the changes > click “Turn on File Vault”.


Use the “Library” folder

If you are on OS X Mountain Lion or later, the folder “~/library” is useful for maintaining privacy on your actual system. By placing your files into the library folder, you can hide your documents until you manually make them visible.


To access the library folder, open Finder. Then click “Go” from the top menu while holding down the Option key. You will then be able to see the hidden folder and move your files into it.

Install "Hider 2"

Hider 2 is a program that gives you the ability to hide and encrypt data on your Mac. It works kind of like a virtual safe, keeping your data locked up and protected with password protection.


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