Hiding Porn from Your Wife on a Mac

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Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to point you to an excellent article about hiding porn on a mac by Adam Knight at Mac Geekery.

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3 Responses to “Hiding Porn from Your Wife on a Mac”

  1. Hermes Pan Says:

    I already do a few of these things (separate login, and multiple nested folders with bland names,) but they had a lot of ingenious ideas!

  2. Paul Says:

    1. Save all porn in one directory, doesn’t matter where. For the sake of the demo, I’ll save it to Movies/VideoBox/
    2. Open Movies/
    3. Right click the folder you save porn to, “VideoBox” in this case.
    4. Click “Get Info”
    5. Find “Ownership & Permissions” near the bottom of the “Get Info” window
    6. Click the “Details” drop down
    7. Change “Owner” to “system” – Note: This step will be the same on every OS X mac.
    8. Make sure all the “Access” boxes say “No Access,” even the box that says “You have: (No Access)”

    Now, when you want to access the files in that folder:
    1. Open Terminal (Applications->Utilities->Terminal.app)
    2. Type in “sudo chmod 755 Movies/VideoBox” – without the quotes of course
    3. It will ask you for your root password, so type it in
    4. When you are done with those files, again open Terminal
    5. Type in “sudo chmod 000 Movies/VideoBox”
    6. If it has been longer than a few minutes, it will ask you to retype your password, so do it

    As long as you’re the only one who knows the root password to the system, you’re a-ok. I use Private Browsing in Safari (Safari menu->Private Browsing) + this method of restricting access to my porn collection. That way if anybody wants to snoop around my computer, Finder won’t allow them to access the folder.

  3. Hermes Pan Says:

    Paul, regarding step 1… It’d be nice if I could fit all my VB stuff onto a local drive! I’m already on my second 500GB external drive JUST for VB downloads!

    Thanks for the Terminal tip!