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Hider 2: Create a secure digital hidey-hole on your Mac

Serenity Caldwell | April 3, 2014
With all the NSA hooplah this past year, and mounting concerns over user security, it's not surprising that you might want to shield certain of your files from prying eyes. You can use any of a number of overly complicated solutions, including Terminal commands and expensive consultants, but software developer MacPaw wants to make it a bit easier for the average person with Hider 2 (Mac App Store link). Hider 2's normal price is $20, but MacPaw is currently offering the app for an introductory price of $10.

In addition, every time you hide or unhide a file or folder, that item must be copied and encrypted or decrypted, respectively, which can take time. With small files, the processing time is almost instantaneous, but larger folders (such as a 7GB folder I tested) take significantly longer.

Finally, this processing time wouldn't be as much of an issue if you could preview or edit files while they're in your vault — you wouldn't be swapping your files in and out very often. But you must remove an item from the vault to view or modify it. Similarly, while Hider supports Mavericks' Tags feature, you can't add or modify an item's tags while it's in your vault. (You can, however, create custom groups for your files while they're encrypted.)

Still, despite these nitpicks, Hider works remarkably smoothly. It's a great little tool for anyone looking for a digital hidey-hole, and the encryption is a nice bonus.


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