Sometimes, people have to share the computer with the other friends or family members. Although the easiest way to share the computer is by creating another account which can be used by another person to login to Mac. However, if both person needs to have the administrative account, you can always protect your personal folders or files with the secret password which will not be accessible by anyone but you. Fortunately, Apple provides a way to protect the files or folders on Mac but this method is not as simple as it seems.
This method will basically create the image of the folder which can be protected using a strong security code. So, this method is not easily understandable by most of the users. Moreover, anyone without the password can delete this folder, such problems can be overcome using a third party software such as Hider 2 on macOS. Here’s the step by step guide to password protect a folder on Mac using both methods.
1st Method: Password Protect a Folder on a Mac using Disk Utility
This method is bit complicated as compared to the later one but it does not require installation of a third party program and all you need to have is the password of administrative account of the macOS. Moreover, after securing the folder using this method, you can even delete the original folder without any problems of deleting the precious data from your folder. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Launch Disk Utility on your Mac, if you are newbie and don’t know where is the Disk utility, click on the “LaunchPad” on the dock.
Step 2: Now, start typing the “Disk Utility” and you will see the program right on your screen. Click on it to Launch it on your Mac.
Step 3: Once the Disk Utility is launched, click on the “File” button on the top and click on “New Image > Image from Folder”. You can also use the keyboard shortcut [Shift + Command + N] to start a new image from the Folder.
Step 4: As soon as you hit the new image for the folder, it will open the Finder where you will have to select the folder that you want to protect with the password.
Step 5: On the next screen, enter the new name of the password protected folder, click on where to change the location for the protected folder. You will have to encrypt the folder here, click on “Encryption” and select “128-bit AES Encryption.”
Step 6: It will open another window on the screen, enter the password for this folder in this window and click on “Choose” button.
Step 7: Click on “Save” button and it will start protecting the folder with the password. Once the folder is protected, you will a dialogue showing the “Operation Successful”. Click on the “Done” button.
Step 8: That’s it! You will see a new file with the .dmg extension in the output folder.
Step 9: Once you double click on the folder, you will have to enter the password of the file.
That’s it! Now, you can delete the already present folder from your computer. Although it seems like a difficult task but it is a great way to quickly add or remove password on a folder on Mac. However, if you don’t want to go through this hassle, you can use the guide mentioned below to add password to folder using a third party application.