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 2.4.9

Improved UI to support new Dark Mode
Stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
40 Ratings
40 Ratings
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.


Newest version made a lot of good improvements

There were a few pretty big flaws in previous versions, such as a temp cache hidden within the .hvault file that would increase in size without clearing, requiring you to manually delete what is in it (and also potentially failing to delete unencrypted cached files, which was a big security risk), but almost all of it has been fixed now and I really appreciate that the developer is putting in the effort to continually improve this application.

There is one problem I’ve encountered, though, which is that if you do go back to that temp cache, you can find encrypted files/ file directories that (while the contents are scrambled and unreadable) the file and folder names themselves have just had their placement scrambled and therefore the true names of the files and folders can be figured out pretty easily.


Do not buy/use - Not trustworthy

If you reformat your machine or move to a new Mac you won’t be able to open your existing data vault, as a new empty one is created whenever Hider 2 is installed and opened for the first time. For opening and access the one you backed up, I had to contact Customer Support, who provided me with a list of long commands to use in Terminal. It worked, but it is cumbersome, as you don’t work in the normal Finder folders, but copy your existing vault into a inner hidden folder opened/uncovered by the Terminal commands.
Creepy thing is you don’t know if in the future your data will be always safe and available. The app should allow to easily open or import prior vaults, just as when you move/open an encrypted zip file in another computer.

Developer Response

Dear customer, thank you very much for your feedback. We will absolutely take it into consideration and make Hider 2 more convenient for you and for all our customers. Sincerely, MacPaw Team.


MacPaw Inc.
7.2 MB
OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© MacPaw Inc.


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