Secret Folder – Help for Mac
Download the latest version of this app from the Mac Downloads page
Recover a not listed and hidden folder
In order to recover a not listed and hidden folder, do as follows:
- If possible, turn visible any folder you previously hiden using the program.
- Download the latest version of the program from this page.
- Launch the downloaded version and click on the plus sign button while pressing the option-key. On the dialog window that pop-ups you will be able to select either a visible or an invisible folder.
Note: Make sure not to turn visible a folder used by either Mac OS X or a third-party application.
Open the program if you forgot the password
Whether you forgot the password, just delete this folder:
/Users/<you>/Library/Application Support/Apimac/Secret Folder/
Note for Lion users:
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion hides the Library directory by default. Hold the Option key and use the “Go” menu in the Finder to Show Library.
Important: when deleting this file the program will be reset and you’ll find the item list empty. Please note that there are thousands of hidden items in Mac OS X, so in order to recover your hidden folders or files, you’ll need to know where they are located, please see “Recover a not listed and hidden folder” section of this manual.
Notes about security
How the program works
This program uses the standard functionality of the operating system to make folders and files invisible. Programmers and experienced users could gain access to a folder or a file made invisible. Also please be warned that there are some applications that let you open files contained in a folder made invisible.
There are some ways to see hidden items
Some applications and utilities come with extended facilities to view and manipulate files, regardless their visibility status. The program cannot do anything to prevent this situation (as any other program that we are aware), since this could lead to dangerous scenarios as system stability issues. Apimac Secret Folder provides a simple interface to deal with the Mac OS System visibility property and does not patch it or interferes with the System performance. The same applies to the Finder: Apimac Secret Folder relies on the Finder services, and does not modify any of its internals. Whether you need advanced levels for protecting your data, there are other ways as protecting information on removable media or using Mac OS X FileVault. To learn more about Protecting information on removable media and on Mac OS X FileVault open Mac OS X Finder’s Help.
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