Put out of sight your confidential information from third parties or other unwanted eyes. Encrypt, hide and password protect your data with Hider 2! Redesigned for and completely compatible with macOS High Sierra!

“...if you don't want to mess with encrypting and hiding files on your own, Hider 2 is one of the easiest options.” - Lifehacker

“There’s no denying that Hider’s simplicity makes the process of hiding and encrypting files pleasantly easy.” - Macstories

“It’s a great little tool for anyone looking for a digital hidey-hole, and the encryption is a nice bonus.” - Macworld

The Mac Observers Editors' Choice Award 2014.

Instantly encrypt and hide any file or folder by dragging them to Hider 2 — it’s that simple! Our user-friendly application makes sure all of your personal files and folders will be encrypted, hidden and protected by password.

It’s incredibly secure.
• Each file you hide is AES-256 encrypted.
• Keeps your data locked up and password protected.
• Hide data on an external drive for an extra layer of security.

Stay organized.
• Create custom file groups to keep your data categorized.
• Finder tags are imported into the app to make organization simple.
• Hide and encrypt entire folders instead of selecting tons of individual files.
• Write down confidential data into an encrypted, in-app Secure Note.

Accessible to you (and only you).
• Your files will be hidden from Finder or Spotlight.
• Access recently hidden items directly from your menu bar.
• Do a full app search among all your hidden files within the app.
• Instantly lock the app or hide of all your files with global shortcut keys.

Download Hider 2 now and never again worry about your private data going public.

What’s New

Version 2.5

Stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Halfmoonh4 ,

Works, Fast... You still have to backup

Does what it says.... I've had this for years, never had an issue. ....however, "never" is a long long time. I've noticed about ten 1-star reviews by users all PO'd about losing all their data. [Possibly the only users that had a bad experience.] My comment to that is, don't these people back their data? As the saying goes, "data doesn't exist if doesn't exist in 3 places". I've taken their bad experiences to heart, yes, Hider could trash my data, and I could lose my hard drive.... and I only use Hider on my everyday computer. However, I back up unencrypted versions to an external drive.

Tim’s Vermeer ,

Anyone who keeps extensive amounts of data on their computer should consider buying this app.

This is an excellent application for protecting the security and safety of files. I reviewed many other similar applications before choosing this one.

This app did, however, take a while to learn how to get the best from it. In retrospect, I should have spent more time before using it deciding on the organization and structure of the intended files on the computer, including any attached drives. Doing this ahead of time will make maintaining and updating the system much easier as more and more documents and files are added. For example, separate folders can be assigned specific documents—taxes, medical care, expenses, housing repairs, car expenses, wills, etc. Also, folders with very large numbers of documents may be able to be subdivided by category and use. Initially, I ran into warnings that certain files could not be updated or moved to another folder. This was, I believe, because I had attempted to move certain file folders from one category of my file system to another. As pointed out by another reviewer, this is allowed, but only if the file is renamed. At one point, I elected to re-organize the entire system. If there are over-riding concepts of how the app works with multiple files in a hierarchical system structure, it would be great if the creators of the app could write a brief set of instructions for its use.

I highly recommend this application.

Murderizer9000 ,

Best of its kind, however...

This app is, by far, the most convenient and well-designed on-the-fly file encryption system I have been able to find that runs on MacOS.

However, there is one big problem I've been able to find. While the files themselves are encrypted on your computer, the FILE AND DIRECTORY NAMES ARE NOT. They're simply scrambled, not hashed. And the directories themselves are not compressed/zipped, meaning anyone can comb through the directories and see how many subdirectories and files each one has. This is, in my opinion, a massive flaw for any piece of software claiming to provide a file encryption service.

This means that anyone with the vague-est idea of what files they're looking for on your computer will be able to simply go to your .hvault file, right click > show package contents, click on the "Indicum" file (which appears to be where all encrypted files are stored) and then unscramble the names of each directory. Not so difficult when Hider 2 doesn't even change which letters are capitalized, just changes their places.

I'm starting to have my doubts that this application actually encrypts the files you feed it, instead of just scrambling their contents somehow and calling it "AES-256 Encrypted" in all their advertising material.


MacPaw Inc.
7.5 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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