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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Privacy with Spotlight!

One of the great features of Spotlight is the possibility of adding folders that you don't want it to search. This can be particularly useful if you have a folder with confidential documents and you don't want the files in that folder to pop up in the search results, especially in public. The feature is called "Privacy" in Spotlight. To add a folder:

1. Open System Preferences and choose "Spotlight".
2. Click on the "Privacy" tab.
3. Click on the small "+" and choose the folders that you don't want Spotlight to search through.

4 Comments:

Blogger ardisius said...

But this won't secure private folders when we use a simple Desktop Cmd-F search, (which I find more convenient and quicker than using Spotlight) will it?

August 23, 2007 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Henry said...

Stuffit & encrypt

August 23, 2007 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Couldn't someone just look into those privacy settings to see what folders you wanted to hide?

August 24, 2007 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Bo said...

It sounds like it is intended no so much for security but just, as the saying goes, "to keep an honest man honest."
In other words, not to protect your stuff from deliberately prying eyes, but to prevent sensitive material from popping up during an innocent search by another user.

August 25, 2007 at 9:54 AM  

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