The Notes App on Mac can be used to store all kinds of useful information for easy access. In case required, you can even password protect Notes on Mac to prevent anyone from getting access to your personal information and thoughts.
Protect Notes With A Password On Mac
As mentioned above, the Notes App on your Mac can be an ideal place to store all kinds of information, ranging from things like Login details for social media sites to cut-off dates and amounts for payment of bills.
For those who are creative and full of ideas, the Notes App can be a handy tool to jot down your thoughts and ideas as soon as they occur to you.
You can attach Photos, Videos, Maps, Documents and URLs to webpages or websites in your notes. The Notes App also allows you to sketch using your finger on iPhone or iPad and attach the sketch to your Notes.
What’s even better is that you can access your Notes on any iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) and the password protection will still remain in place.
Password Protect Notes on Mac
1. Click on the Launchpad on your Mac
2. On the next screen, click on the Notes App to open it on your Mac
3. Once the Notes App is open, you can either Create a new Note by clicking on the New File icon or open an existing Note by clicking on it in the sidebar listing (See image below)
4. Next, click on the Lock icon in the top toolbar of the Notes app and choose Lock This Note from the drop-down menu.
5. On the next screen, Enter a Password, Verify your Password, Type a Password Hint and click on Set Password button.
The Password that you are setting up for Notes is different from the Login password for your Mac. However, you can use the same password for Notes, in case you want to.
6. After setting up the Password, close the Notes App and open it again. This time you will be greeted with “This Note is Locked Message”.
The only way to access a protected Note on your Mac, iPhone or iPad is by entering the password.
7. In case required, you can remove the Lock on a Note by clicking on the Lock icon and choosing Remove Lock option from the drop-down menu (See image below)
What You Need to Know About Protected Notes
Now that you know how to Password Protect Notes on Mac, here is some more information about protected Notes that you should be aware of.
1. The first line in your protected Notes will be visible in the form of Title for the protected Note. Hence, it is important to make sure that the first line of your protected Notes is not giving away much information and revealing the likely content of your Notes.
2. You will be prompted to enter the Password only for protected Notes. You will still be able to access all your unprotected Notes without entering a password.
3. Unlocking one Locked Note unlocks all other Locked Notes, and locking one Note Locks all other Locked Notes. There is no provision in the Notes App to create multiple passwords or different password for different Notes.
4. After setting up the password, you can protect any existing unprotected Note at any time by Right clicking on the Note and choosing Lock This Note option from the side-menu (See image below).
5. When you have finished reading or editing a Protected Note, make sure that you either Quit the Notes App by clicking on the Red Close Button in the top-menu bar or click on the Lock icon and select Close All Locked Notes option from the drop-down menu (See image below)
It’s important to either Quit the Notes App or close Locked Notes by choosing “Close All Locked Notes” option to make sure that all your Notes remain protected.