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Today a reader asked me if there was a way to protect a text on the iPad or under macOS (on his MacBook) from strangers' eyes. It doesn't have to be a high security standard or encrypted, but it should be a simple way of preventing someone from accidentally coming across the document and viewing the text. There were no high demands on the word processing. A simple text document would be sufficient.
I myself had not dealt with the topic before and therefore had to go to Google myself first. I came across a solution, which is quite complicated: You put the text file in a virtual volume that you encrypt. This works and probably also offers a high level of security thanks to the 128-bit encryption, but it prevents the file from being opened and edited quickly, as you always have to mount the volume first. So keep looking ...
In doing so, I came across the simplest solution one could wish for: With Apple's own word processing program "Pages", you open a new document and then go to "Set password" in the "File" menu. In the following dialog, you will be asked twice to enter the password and an optional reminder. Once that's done, you can edit and save the document.
If you now close the document and reopen it, you will be asked for the password, without which you cannot see the content of the text.
The procedure described above does not only work with Pages but is also available under Numbers and certainly also in Keynote. It's that easy to protect your text from strangers' eyes. ;-)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.