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Hide Folders protects your documents and folders.

If you are interested in protecting your documents and folders, Hide Folders is just what you are searching for. With a click you will conceal files and folders with all their contents. The program is simple and natural to use because it works just as you are used to do things everyday with your Mac. With this program you will protect your files avoiding them to be being modified, seen or erased by other users.

This program uses the standard functionality of the operating system to make folders and files invisible. For the majority of users, any folder of file more...

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Version 6.2:
  • Ready for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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marillion Member IconReview+0

I have just downloaded this from their website, does what it says on the tin, reg needed for password protection which was £12. Very pleased.

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Version 6.0
Demoray Member IconComment+63

The link on this page downloads version 3.1, not 5.0 as indicated.
However the developers site has the correct version available.

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Version 5.0
mac66graphics Member IconComment+26

hide folder is "free" to download, BUT when you go to use it, uou have to pay $24.95, hoping you'll be sucked into using it. For that reason, I'll pass on this application.
IT said Free license, Free download in macupdate list.

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Version 2008

It IS free to use this program. The catch is that it's pretty much useless without the ability to lock the files you've rendered (sort of) invisible. Any fool can make files invisible and visible again using simple features of the Mac OS's Finder. Of course the developer would prefer you commit yourself by downloading their software and giving it a try. It's deceptive, of course, but it probably helps them make money. I, for one, will probably keep Hide Folders and rename the program "Beef Jerky" to disguise it's function and then I'll bury it in an obscure folder. It's better than nothing, but that's not saying much.

Springheelmac Member IconComment+96

Great program, but I ran into a problem. For reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with "Hide Folders" I had to wipe my internal drive and do a clean install of OSX. To my horror, upon re-installing "Hide Folders", the folder I had made invisible on my external hard drive can't be found. Even when I do a spotlight search I can't locate the invisible files (which I could even when the folder they were in was invisible before). Is there anyway to reverse this? I believe they are still on the drive, as the space available hasn't changed. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Version 2008



Thanks!!! It worked great!!!

Flyingllama Member IconComment+0

Nice and simple, no bugs found. Although, should should only be used for securing files against your grandma or baby sister, as anyone could just type in "cd [path of folder]" and then "ls -a", which would list all of the files and folders, including invisible ones. Still, it does what it claims simply, so five stars.

llama :)

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Version 1.0

One doesn't need to use the terminal. Several utilities, including File Buddy, will find all invisible items. Also, at least in Panther, if you know part of the folder name, you can find it in a command-F search by choosing "Visibility" and "visible and invisible items." File Buddy can also turn invisibility on and off, along with a lot of other functions.


An additional bit of info: you don't need to know anything about the name to find an invisible item with command-F. Just delete the "Name" criterion and use only "Visibility." Worse, once you find a folder that way, you can OPEN it simply by double-clicking on the folder icon in the search results.

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Downloads 35,200
Version Downloads 5,483
License Demo
Date 08 Aug 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.99
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