spotlight and privacy

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Toshiro, May 2, 2005.

  1. Toshiro

    Toshiro Guest

    I've heard conflicting reports about what happens if a folder is marked
    as not to be indexed for spotlight and whether or not the old style
    finder search is still available on such folders.

    If one is handling confidential data, it seems wise to exclude folders
    containing such data from indexes, since the indexes could conceivably
    be scavanged. But I'd be ruined if I would then not be able to "find"
    anything in such folders again.

    Could someone clarify this for me, before I decide to buy 10.4? Thanks.
    Toshiro, May 2, 2005
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    John Drako Guest

    If you mark a folder as 'Private' in Spotlight's control panel, then you
    cannot search it using the Finder anymore. I found this out the hard

    For 10.4, private means not searchable, period. Good thing I have Path
    Finder. Its search window is more powerful than the finder and it's not
    affected by the privacy sinkhole in Spotlight.
    John Drako, May 2, 2005
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