Out of sight, out of mind. In other words, if something isn’t easily found by thieves, it’s less likely to be stolen. That explains the clever cans of empty furniture polish or plastic heads of lettuce which actually store valuables inside and in plain sight– in the pantry or under the kitchen sink, or in the veggie bin of the refrigerator.
Enter a clever, albeit somewhat expensive, Mac utility called GoodbyeHello which makes it drop dead easy to hide and unhinge files and folders. Open GoodbyeHello, then drag and drop files or folders onto the app’s Dock icon and, Voila! Both or either are no longer visible to prying eyes. So long as they don’t pry too much.
Commands to hide or unhide files and folders can be accessed through the Menubar menu, too.
To be fair, this is not the most secure way to make files or folders invisible and hide them from thieves. Anyone with access to your Mac could easily unhide or make visible the files and folders you’d prefer stay hidden.
GoodbyeHello is fast and easy, though. And much faster– though not as safe– as creating a disk image with the Disk Utility app on your Mac, and assigning it a password. Or, simply add a period to the beginning of the file or folder’s name (though you’ll need another utility to find the invisible file in the Finder). The price tag for GoodbyeHello is somewhat higher than my personal throwaway threshold for Mac App Store apps, but the developer wisely provides a free trial version.
Out of sight, out of mind works, and it may be just what you need to keep prying eyes from prying into your Mac’s files and folders.