MacHider
MacHider 1.6.7
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MacHider is an innovative product intended to put your confidential information out of sight from third parties or other unwanted eyes. Our user-friendly application makes sure all of your personal files and folders will be protected by password and stored in a place that only you will know.

Your private files and folders can be organized into groups, so you may easily and quickly locate them whenever you need. Simply organize them by category, and keep your private files structured. MacHider integrates in Finder, so you can hide your files just by clicking on them and
What's New
Version 1.6.7:

What's New:

  • Includes stability improvements for OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Bugs fixed:
  • Fixed the launch at login functionality issue on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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MacHider User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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+116
Gary30 commented on 23 Feb 2014
This was in a recent bundle so I decided to check it out to see if it was worth anything to me. It is not worth a penny; others may feel differently. I use encrypted sparseimage volumes for this sort of thing. Thy are fast. You can use aliases or symbolic links to files within encrypted sparseimage volumes (when you click on the alias, the sparseimage password dialog box comes up, type the password and the document opens normally). To close a sparseimage, just select it and hit Command + E. Could not be simpler. Plus, the sparseimage is completely portable, password and all.
[Version 1.6.7]


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+4

+7

Pneshati reviewed on 05 Jan 2011
I have, for awhile, enjoyed the user interface of MacPaw's software. CleanMyMac has been brilliant, and I thought the same of MacHider until I realized something. I had to do some serious work that involved showing hidden files. Much to my shock, I realized that the "hidden files" were hidden simply by reversing the letters in the file name and the old period trick. Other people probably have realized this too, so they may know how to get at your files.

This looks like a reliable and secure application and was made by a good developer, so don't be tricked into thinking that your things are safe.

Basically, what I'm saying is that anyone, truly anyone, could come across these files. Especially if you work with the option to view invisible files.

Be warned!
[Version 1.5.1]

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+4

+35
Fuellemann replied on 25 Aug 2011
Hi, good warning. However, there are two target groups when it comes to hide files. The first one, who needs an invisible encrypted Fort Knox to hide sensible data and the other group who just wants their kids not to see some delicate files while using the family Mac.

I think MacHider and our UberMaks are meant for the second group and advertised as such. Any real encryption takes quite a time and if you need to hide a couple of fotos, documents, films etc. you have to wait a while. Not recommended when the boss comes into the Office and you a have but a few seconds to make a few things invisible :-)

For all other issues, try Knox or Espionage - they do hide files the encrypted way.

Kind regards

Jan Fuellemann
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+6

+110

frodo_life reviewed on 27 Feb 2009
agree with previous reviewer but on top of that it's also very easy to corrupt the folder and loose it.

Just had this happen to me and it took me a while to recover files with a different method as the recovery tool in MacHider always crashed.

So I say stay away if you love your files
[Version 1.1]


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+11

+20

chin reviewed on 28 Jan 2009
The application is easy to use and the GUI is appealing. It also work at advertised. But unfortunately the developer didn't say, that his application did not hide the files and folders very securely.

All what it does is to create a folder named .SYS_INDEX which is hidden, as it begins with a '.'. But it is readily visible via corr. Finder settings or with Terminal.app via a 'ls -a' command.

Then it reverse the name of the file or folder to hide. A 'Archive.txt' will be renamed to 'evihcrA.txt' and put into said folder .'SYS_INDEX'.

That's it! This is not very secure and there are a lot of applications that give you the same level of "security" as this app!

So after all, this app is not for me, but your mileage may vary ...
[Version 1.1]


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-4

-2

NicaLand reviewed on 27 Jan 2009
I would say that it is pretty easy to use, do not need to think of different ways to hide my files. The files are not found by spotlight, and what I did is that I hide the files and then closed the app. Works like a charm. Good thing it is on sale!
[Version 1.1]


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+3

+143
rob.h commented on 27 Jan 2009
Would want to know more about how this actually works before buying - unfortunately the website doesn't say much. Does it simply hide files by moving them somewhere - in which case, what about backing them up? Does it use encryption of any sort or are files just flagged as hidden? Will they show up in Spotlight? What if the app has a problem (e.g. after an OS X update), can you retrieve your files without it?
[Version 1.1]

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+5

+49
AmberV replied on 27 Jan 2009
All it does is remove the files and folders from common listing functions by putting a dot in front of the name. This is **not** secure and it is not even really hiding anything anyway. That convention is there for convenience, to stow away stuff you don't need to see all of the time. It is not ever meant to be a way to hide anything as there are extremely easy ways to reveal these files.

This is analogous to putting a filter on the Finder window so that only folders with "Bob" in the name are revealed, and then pretending that everything else is hidden and secure.

In short. Waste of money. You can put your own dot in front of anything for free.
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Carlos Duarte commented on 26 Jan 2009
Very useful app, with the free version I could hide a couple of files that didn't want my mom to see. Also I liked the design, pretty simple. Will buy it when I get a chance.
[Version 1.0]


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+15
ShawnBoucke commented on 16 Jan 2009
"industry-leading product"... I don't know if you can call it that when it has been out for less then a day.
[Version 1.0]

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+4

+131
Lounge Deluxe replied on 19 Jan 2009
Industry-leading sounds ridiculous indeed. Amd MacHider is not mentioned on the website of this developer at all, only in the website's store. Odd.
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Eat_A_Peach rated on 03 Apr 2014

[Version 1.6.7]



Andify rated on 07 Jan 2013

[Version 1.6.6]



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Old_guy rated on 14 Sep 2012

[Version 1.6.5]



Faci rated on 16 Mar 2012

[Version 1.6.3]


Downloads:16,548
Version Downloads:1,190
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Shareware
Date:11 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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MacHider is an innovative product intended to put your confidential information out of sight from third parties or other unwanted eyes. Our user-friendly application makes sure all of your personal files and folders will be protected by password and stored in a place that only you will know.

Your private files and folders can be organized into groups, so you may easily and quickly locate them whenever you need. Simply organize them by category, and keep your private files structured. MacHider integrates in Finder, so you can hide your files just by clicking on them and selecting "Hide".

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