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williamb
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2009-11-06, 04:40

Is there anyway to prevent these sensitive files from being burned onto CDs or copied onto USB drives when copying files? The .DS_Store files I've opened in TextEdit show URLs I've visited and lists files within the directory from which I copied a certain file. I'm extremely concerned about this subject.
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2009-11-06, 14:02

From what I can tell from the web, that's just something that OSX does. I'm surprised that they store that information though. As far as I can tell, they should just be storing information about icon size and arrangement.

I guess you could always go into Windows and delete them from your USB key, or burn the files onto a CD there. Other than that, I haven't got any ideas.

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2009-11-06, 14:11

You can also enable invisible files on your machine, then just delete them manually before burning the CD, or stop going to so many porn sites.
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2009-11-06, 14:14

You can remove them at the command line, or there are utilities to scrub them from a folder, such as http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10478 . You'd have to do this before copying, and *not* open them in the Finder in between, however.

Some notes though:
1) This is Finder info that is stored as soon as you open the folder in the Finder. There's no way around this. (Unless you're viewing files on a remote server, in which case you *can* shut it off: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1629)
2) The info that is stored is things like window position, view options, etc. I can't imagine why you're seeing URLs. Care to copy and paste an example?
3) Unless you're opening this USB or CD on a non-Mac, you won't see the files anyway.
4) I don't think I've heard them described as sensitive before...


Wait... are you by any chance running 10.4? In 10.4, some Spotlight info was stored in the .DS_Store file, but it was removed in 10.5. That could be the source of your 'sensitive' info.

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2009-11-06, 14:15

Swox, how would you expect Mac OS X to know when to show that little dialog "this was downloaded from internet... do you want to run it?" ? Seems reasonable place for it.

I also think there's supposed to be an option for "Windows-compatible" files which then automatically strips off the .DS_Store files.
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Swox
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2009-11-06, 14:19

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Swox, how would you expect Mac OS X to know when to show that little dialog "this was downloaded from internet... do you want to run it?" ? Seems reasonable place for it.

I also think there's supposed to be an option for "Windows-compatible" files which then automatically strips off the .DS_Store files.
I haven't a clue how these things work. As far as I know, Steve Jobs could be personally overseeing what files I download and making sure I get asked the first time I want to run an app.

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2009-11-06, 14:21

I don't know for sure but if that's where URL came from, then as I said, seems reasonable. Shocking as it may be, our technology is not sufficiently advanced to be sentient...
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2009-11-06, 14:24

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I don't know for sure but if that's where URL came from, then as I said, seems reasonable. Shocking as it may be, our technology is not sufficiently advanced to be sentient...
That's why I figured Steve must be personally doing it for me.

Not that he does it for me, personally.
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