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Obscurity for Mac

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Key Details of Obscurity

  • Handy utility for hiding all those private files and precious memories you don't want anyone else to find.
  • Last updated on July 22, 2013
  • There have been 6 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
March 22, 2013
Latest update
July 22, 2013
Version
1.3
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Mac
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
478
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

Handy utility for hiding all those private files and precious memories you don't want anyone else to find.
Obscurity for Mac OS X 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 Mac OS X 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.