What about hiding a file? Well, you can stuff it deep into a folder within a folder ad nauseam, but that’s a cumbersome method. There are Terminal.app tricks to hide files, or, the old standby– add a period to the front of the file’s name, or get a file encryption app, but all that defeats the purpose. A simple way to hide files from casual prying eyes.
Invisible is an inexpensive Mac app that does the simple. It hides files, drag and drop, to make them, well, invisible from prying eyes. The files can be password protected, but they’re not encrypted so you won’t be able to slow down hackers, FBI, or NSA with that trick.
Hiding files couldn’t be easier. Select the files, drag and drop them onto Invisible, add a password, done.
Invisible uses three forms of basic security. The first is to change the visibility flag on the file so it’s, well, hidden. The second is to password protect the whole shebang. And, the third is to employ the ‘out of sight, out of mind‘ security method. If you can’t see it, it’s not there (unless you look really closely).
Does Invisible securely hide your apps from seasoned, experienced hackers or government spooks? No. For that, you can start with Disk Utility (already on your Mac in the Applications > Utilities folder) create an encrypted, password protected disk image, but that effort adds a few more steps. Invisible is for casual hiding, not the ultimate in security. I find it to be a good way to hide files that clutter up my Desktop.