Review: Obscurity for Mac hides your files but lacks security

Keep your secrets in a deceptively behaving folder with Obscurity for Mac.

A basic but neat utility, Obscurity for Mac hides your private files and folders from basic snooping, but doesn't really protect your files from a more advanced user determined to get in.

This application downloads with an instruction file explaining how to set it up properly. The setup, itself, is very easy. All you have to do is place the Obscurity folder, which looks like an ordinary folder, anywhere you like, right-click on it, and select "Show Package Contents." This will open the app and show another folder called "Contents" where you just need to drag and drop any file or folder you wish to hide. It is important not to delete this folder, though. Once anyone opens the Obscurity folder they will see it as empty. The only way they can reveal its contents is by right-clicking on it and again selecting "Show Package Contents." Even though it seems like a quick and smart way to hide your private files and folders, the downside to Obscurity for Mac is that Obscurity folder cannot be renamed, so anyone who's heard of the software will instantly know how to operate it.

This application gives an easy yet neat solution for hiding sensitive files, but affords no real security to those who truly need to keep things safe and hidden from others. Users seeking true privacy are encouraged to look elsewhere for an app that uses encryption, while those who just want to quickly hide private files from those who can accidentally stumble upon them, and don't mind the risk, could try Obscurity for Mac.

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