Obscurity
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Obscurity is a handy little utility for hiding all those private files and precious memories you don't want anyone else to find.

The application is as simple as it is elegant. Obscurity seems just like a generic folder. Simply place the 'folder' anywhere you want, and anyone snooping around your stuff deciding to double-click it will unknowingly arrive in an empty mock folder. However, if you right-click the 'folder' and choose 'Show Package Contents' from the contextual menu, a completely different folder will show up ready for you to hide all those intimate movies,
What's New
Version 1.4:
  • Obscurity now supports OS X 10.7 Lion or newer with 'Gatekeeper' disabled.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the renaming of the mock folder when renaming Obscurity itself on OS X 10.7 Lion or newer.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.3 or later



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Obscurity User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Maxwell's Demon reviewed on 12 Mar 2014
I like Obscurity, in part, because the way it operates is itself rather "obscure" (right-clicking to "show package contents" is quite an ingenious approach).

I am a bit puzzled, though, about how someone nosing around my files might be fooled into thinking that the Obscurity "folder" is a folder when, in fact, it appears as "Obscurity.app." (Unless I'm doing something wrong, I don't see how I can get rid of the .app extension, nor how to change the name to something other than "Obscurity.")
[Version 1.4]


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Pixeltrance reviewed on 11 Feb 2014
quick, easy and free
[Version 1.4]


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Monkeyjunkey reviewed on 26 Jan 2014
Security through obscurity? Not sure I'd trust any important files to that theory.

If you want to secure important files form precious eyes - properly encrypt them and be done.
[Version 1.4]

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Prince_Isaac replied on 26 Jan 2014
Did you try it or are you just judging (and rating) it based on its description? If so, that's really poor form, especially by giving it half a star.

Listen. Some people have files that don't qualify as "important" (and thus need to be encrypted) but do have a few old racy photos or raunchy songs or other files that just need minimal obscurity from casual (but not necessarily prying) eyes. Think of a kid who wants their private thoughts on text files kept private. Thing of someone keeping a list of gift ideas for family members. These are not important but they are private.

The app is free and the description clearly indicates the potential contents. "Sleek" below adds a great twist to further disguise the folder.
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Monkeyjunkey replied on 27 Jan 2014
If I'd be writing a diary on my mac, I'd encrypt it and not hide it.

While you write a lot of words, the fact remains, that hidden files can be found. And if you invest time, to obscure your files (whatever the content may be), why not do it properly and be more secure?
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Phaleron replied on 27 Jan 2014
Did you actually try the app or are just shooting from the hip?
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Monkeyjunkey replied on 27 Jan 2014
Phaleron, yes I have tried this app. Right click the "obscurity" folder > show package contents and see hidden files. Now what?
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Pixeltrance replied on 11 Feb 2014
Seriously... You down rate an application based on your opinion on what it should do and not what the app claims it does. That would be like giving Photoshop half a star because it sucks at making Powerpoint presentations...
Sure it isn't 100% safe to simply hide your files but you know what? It might be secure enough for a bunch of people, situations and files. All that with the convenience of NOT having to remember yet another password.
I rated it 5 stars without even downloading it just to offset your idiotic "review".
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Sleek commented on 12 Mar 2013
You Can confuse anyone who is trying to open Obscurity folder by throwing some unimportant files in Mock folder and important files/Folders by Control Clicking Obscurity folder/show Package contents and putting your files folders in there
When anyone will open Obscurity folder they will see your unimportant files ad will not to try to control click folder because they will think it is just folder.
By renaming Obscurity with appropriate name Like docs or whatever you threw in mock folder will actually make others think it is just a folder.
[Version 1.3]


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wwcavs commented on 02 Feb 2013
I get the following error when I try to open the app:

The operation couldn't be completed. (OSStatus error -67049.)
[Version 1.3]


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Barryaus commented on 31 Dec 2012
I'm not rating it, as I have not tried it, and don't intend to. Anyone who control-clicks it or right-clicks it can open it, with this little bit of knowledge. Would it not be FAR safer to make a password-protected sparse image in Disk Utility? That is what I did.
Looks as if I had to rate it, so I gave it mediocre in all categories
[Version 1.2]

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lamontDakota replied on 31 Dec 2012
You DIDN'T have to rate it. You could have merely posted a comment. If that was too hard for you to figure out, it casts doubt on the validity of your comment and renders your rating worthless.
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Tenjinandou replied on 02 Feb 2013
I think it always amazing when someone comments "I have not tried it," and then judges it.
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Lvdoc commented on 08 Dec 2012
All you have to do is create a new folder in Finder, give it a name, and attach ".app" at the end of it, and it will function the same way. You can readily change its icon via "Get Info." I'm not going to rate this app, as I haven't tried it; it might be an easier way to do the foregoing for someone who's less inclined to take the trouble.
[Version 1.1]

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Outer replied on 10 Dec 2012
@Lvdoc no, not quite by a long shot under 10.8.2 ML; did you actually try this 1st under 10.8.2 ML?
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Lvdoc replied on 10 Dec 2012
Yes, I did it right before I wrote my comment. And in fact, I just did it again. In 10.8.2. Try it. I read this trick elsewhere.
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Outer replied on 10 Dec 2012
Well, I get an Icon with a slashed-circle on it, and when I double-click it I get a warning saying: "You can't open the application "test" because it may be damaged or incomplete." What am I missing?
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Lvdoc replied on 10 Dec 2012
That's correct. When you right click on it, it allows you to "Open Package Contents." The folder doesn't become an application; it has, I guess, the illusion of being an application. But you can still do the "Package Contents" and store files in there; but to an outsider the "folder/app" can be made to appear to be an application. Again, I'm ASSUMING this is similar in function to Obscurity; but I could very well be wrong. And again, I did not put a rating on the product because that would have been inappropriate.
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bbw7 replied on 02 Feb 2013
@Lvdoc,

Your solution is a little different from that of this app because your folder will look like a corrupted application, not a blank folder. Granted the obscuring effect will be about the same, albeit it slightly different. I'm talking for 10.6.8 here.
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Sleek reviewed on 08 Dec 2012
I am using Obscurity on Apple Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.8 Without any issues.
It just works but it is like hiding your files in any applications, all Mac packages you can open by control clicking and selecting show package contains and put your important files in it.
Verdict: Nothing Intutive!!!
[Version 1.1]

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Outer replied on 10 Dec 2012
Yeah, it just seems to work here too. I'd say it was... cute & simple. Sort of like a parlour trick. Easy to use, but not hard to find, really.
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Priosantos-Jan commented on 08 Dec 2012
1. This app is not codesigned.
2. On launch it gives an error 'The operation couldn't be completed. (OSStatus error 100030)'

Fishy
[Version 1.1]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 08 Dec 2012
Hi Priosantos-Jan, this was actually our fault as we were still pointing to version 1.0 which did have these issues. Please download it again so you'll have the latest version (1.1).
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.


ryau rated on 19 Nov 2013

[Version 1.3]



brynjarbye rated on 08 Dec 2012

[Version 1.1]


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License:Free
Date:26 Jan 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Obscurity is a handy little utility for hiding all those private files and precious memories you don't want anyone else to find.

The application is as simple as it is elegant. Obscurity seems just like a generic folder. Simply place the 'folder' anywhere you want, and anyone snooping around your stuff deciding to double-click it will unknowingly arrive in an empty mock folder. However, if you right-click the 'folder' and choose 'Show Package Contents' from the contextual menu, a completely different folder will show up ready for you to hide all those intimate movies, pictures and old love letters in. It even hides all your secret documents from Spotlight and those pesky 'All Images', 'All Movies' and 'All Documents' Smart Folders in Finder. You can rename and/or duplicate Obscurity to your heart's content creating as many custom secret folders as you need. Obscurity doesn't modify your files or the operating system in any shape, way or form making it the safest way to keep your stuff away from curious eyes.


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