I have been attempting to password protect a folder on macOS Catalina. I did read through a couple of articles and previous answers and all of them talk about creating an encrypted disk image or password protected .zip folder. I need to have my folder such that, I double click on this normal regular looking folder and it prompts me for a password and if I type in the correct password it opens up the finder with the contents of that folder and/or I click on the folder again and it behaves like a regular folder. How can I achieve this?

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    You can't. Return to your original references - or don't let other people know the password to your account. – Tetsujin May 27 '20 at 17:41
  • Why does Linux distributions and Windows allow this but not macOS? – Stephen Griden May 27 '20 at 17:47
  • How is it achieved on Windows or nix? – Tetsujin May 27 '20 at 17:49
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    You get the behavior you describe by using an encrypted DMG. – nohillside May 27 '20 at 18:15
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    Creating a “locked” folder is such a work around on Win10 that it’s better to either use an encrypted external disk (or flash drive), or a password protected zip folder. Do the same on a Mac. – Allan May 27 '20 at 20:19

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