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22 How can I password protect a folder? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)




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This article is from the Miscellaneous Macintosh FAQ, by Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

22 How can I password protect a folder? (Miscellaneous Macintosh)

A first line of defense would be to use ResEdit, FileTyper, or
a similar tool to set the invisible and locked bits on the folders
applications, and documents you want to protect. If there are
files in the protected folder that need to be accessible, you
can put aliases to them in the Apple menu items folder or use an
application and document launcher like Apollo to grant access to
them. This won't stop a knowledgeable or determined hacker, and
protecting the system folder in this fashion may cause problems
under System 7; but it will cure 95% of your
random-user-moving-things-around problems.

If you want to lock out more sophisticated users, you may want
to consider Empower Professional from Magna ($150 street). You might
also consider David Davies-Payne's $10 shareware SoftLock, a utility
that can make a disk read only. However this can cause problems
with some applications that can't run from a read-only disk. See

<URL:ftp://ftp.macfaq.com/pub/>

 

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