If multiple users have access to your Mac, then it’s a good idea to encrypt your personal information. You also need security for your work folders and we’re here to help you do just that. Read on to know how to password protect a folder on Mac.
In this article, we are going to take a look at how a user can password protect a file or an entire folder. We will discuss how you can do it with the features provides by macOS and we will also give you a list of programs that can make protecting your information as simple as possible.
How to Password Protect a Folder on MAC?
Encrypting a folder or a file isn’t really a straightforward process on the Mac. You can either use apps (which are easier) or Disk Utility. This will let you know how to password protect a folder on MAC.
Method 1: Password Protect Macbook Folders Using Disk Utility
In the case of folders, you have to first save it as a .dmg image file and encrypt it. We will be using a 128-bit(AES) encryption to encrypt your folder. macOS offers 256-bit encryption too but it would take more time to access your folder and frankly unless you’re hiding military secrets, you won’t be needing it.
It’s pretty easy to do, but you will have to remember that password. There is no means of recovering your files if you forget it. Another drawback of this method is that you can’t encrypt individual files. With all that out of the way, let’s get started.
- Launch Applications.
- Click on Utilities and then open up Disk Utility.
- Click on File on the top left corner.
- Select on New Image and then select Image from Folder.
- Click on the folder that you want to encrypt.
- You can choose a name for your folder and also choose a location. This is totally up to you.
- You have to click on Encryption and then select 128-bit(AES) encryption, which the recommended option. Enter and then re-enter your password to verify it. Then click on Choose.
- Then, click on Image Format and select read/write.
- Click on Save and wait for a few seconds.
- Open the .dmg file and enter your password. A folder with a disk icon will show up.
- You can edit the contents of the files in this new folder.
- After you’re done, unmount it using the context menu to encrypt it again.
Method 2: Using Apps
Although Disk Utility provides plenty of protection for a Mac, third-party apps can offer a lot more features. You can even encrypt individual apps with just two clicks. We have compiled a list of the best apps for this. However, they are not ranked in any particular order, so you can choose whichever feels more useful to you.
Encrypto is a free to use app that offers a lot of protection. It works on both Windows and macOS and this can simplify sharing your encrypted files with your co-workers. A unique feature of Encrypto is that you can also send hints to the people receiving your files instead of sharing the password. The hint should be something only known by the intended recipient.
However, there are flaws in this app too. Since Encrypto saves the files in their own proprietary format, the recipient must also have Encrypto installed on their system to open them. In my opinion, that’s only a small price to pay for security. You can download this app from the Mac App Store or you can click on this link.
Preview is an app that comes pre-installed on macOS. It’s a useful PDF editor. You can also encrypt all of your PDF files using this app.
- Open up the PDF file in Preview.
- Click on File on the top right corner and select Export.
- Check the Encrypt box and enter your password. Re-enter your password for verification.
- Click Save and that’s it.
Unfortunately, you can only use this method on PDF files. However, you can convert any type of document to the PDF format and then use Preview to encrypt it.
3. Using Notes
Notes app has a feature that lets you password-protect your notes. To know how to do that, just follow these instructions.
- Open up the Notes app and select a note.
- Click on the padlock icon on the top right corner.
- Enter your password and verify it. You can also add a hint.
- Click on Set Password.
Funter is a free program but it’s different from every other app on this list. It offers no encryption, but it can be used to hide files and folders very easily. It’s useful if you want to keep your information away from prying eyes. It also integrates itself with the Finder app, which makes it readily available in the context menu.
You can download Funter by clicking on this link.
I hope that answers your question of how to password protect a folder on Mac. Encryption is really important these days and everyone needs to protect their info from prying eyes. We hope that this article was helpful to you and if you have any doubts about the methods or any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments section down below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.