Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people

Home > Articles

Using iDisk

  • Print
  • + Share This
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Using the Public Folder

Using your iDisk's Public folder, you can share files and folders with just about anyone who has Internet access. This Public folder is a special folder on your iDisk that others can connect to without having to use your login and password. The settings for controlling it are built into Mac OS X.

Using your System Preferences, you can set access to the Public folder to allow people to see and download files from it, but not upload to it, or to both upload and download files from it. Setting your Public folder to only allow people to download items from it, however, protects you from having someone upload objectionable material or fill up the folder with stuff you don't want or need.

You upload files to this folder as you would any folder on your iDisk. The folder is special, however, in that items inside it can easily be downloaded by anyone who has access to your .Mac member name. If you're sensitive about who can access your iDisk's Public folder, you can give it a password so that only those who know the password can access it.

To set access to your Public folder

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences ( Figure 3.36 ).
    03fig36.gif

    Figure 3.36 From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences to open the—you guessed it—System Preferences application.

    The System Preferences window opens.
  2. In the Internet & Network section, click the .Mac icon ( Figure 3.37 ).
    03fig37.gif

    Figure 3.37 Some of your .Mac preferences are built into Mac OS X, and you can click the .Mac icon in the main System Preferences window to access them.

    The .Mac preferences pane opens ( Figure 3.38 ).
    03fig38.jpg

    Figure 3.38 The .Mac preferences pane defaults to the Account pane, which contains your .Mac member name and password, and it tells you how long you have until you need to re-subscribe.

  3. Click the iDisk tab. The iDisk preferences pane opens ( Figure 3.39 ).
    03fig39.jpg

    Figure 3.39 The iDisk preferences pane contains good at-a-glance information about your iDisk, including how much storage you have (and have used), whether you have iDisk synchronization turned on, and whether you allow others to upload items to your Public folder (and whether that folder is password protected).

  4. In the Your Public Folder section, do one of the following:
    • To allow users to see and download files from your Public folder but not upload to it, click the Read Only radio button.
    • To allow users to upload and download files to and from your Public folder, click the "Read & write" radio button.
    Your Public folder is ready to be used by others according to the access privileges you've just set.

To password-protect your Public folder

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences. The System Preferences window opens.
  2. In the Internet & Network section, click the .Mac icon. The .Mac preferences pane opens.
  3. Click the iDisk tab. The iDisk preferences pane opens.
  4. In the Your Public folder section, check the "Password protect your Public Folder" check box ( Figure 3.40 ).
    03fig40.jpg

    Figure 3.40 Check this box to require guests to enter a password before accessing your Public folder.

    A sheet slides down, asking for password information ( Figure 3.41 ).
    03fig41.jpg

    Figure 3.41 When setting a password for your Public folder, you have to type it twice—that's to ensure you have the proper spelling for the password.

  5. In the Password field, type the password you want to use for your Public folder. The text of the password will not appear, but you will see a bullet for each character you type.
  6. In the Confirm field, type the password a second time. This ensures that you spelled the password properly.
  7. Click OK. Your Public Folder is password-protected and you are returned to the iDisk preferences pane.

To connect to someone else's Public folder using Mac OS X 10.3 or later

  1. From the Go menu, choose iDisk > Other User's Public Folder ( Figure 3.42 ).
    03fig42.gif

    Figure 3.42 To connect to someone else's Public folder, choose Go > iDisk > Other User's Public Folder.

    The Connect To iDisk Public Folder dialog opens.
  2. In the "Member name" field, enter the .Mac member name for the Public folder to which you're connecting ( Figure 3.43 ).
    03fig43.gif

    Figure 3.43 Enter the member name of the Public folder to which you want to connect in the Connect To iDisk Public Folder dialog.

  3. If prompted for a password, enter one ( Figure 3.44 ).
    03fig44.gif

    Figure 3.44 iDisk shows its WebDAV roots when you connect to a password-protected iDisk. Here, enter the password for the Public folder to which you want to connect (the name "public" is already filled in for you).

    The Public folder is mounted on your Desktop, and you can upload and download files to and from it.

To connect to someone else's Public folder using Windows XP

  1. Download and install iDisk Utility for Windows as described in steps 1–10 in "To connect to iDisk using Windows XP," earlier in this chapter. The iDisk Utility for XP dialog opens ( Figure 3.46 ).
    03fig46.gif

    Figure 3.46 The iDisk Utility for Windows XP lets you connect to Public folders as well as iDisks.

  2. Click the Public Folder radio button.
  3. In the "iDisk account" field, enter the member name for the Public folder you want to use ( Figure 3.47 ).
    03fig47.gif

    Figure 3.47 Click the Public Folder radio button, and in the "iDisk account" field, type in the .Mac member name for the Public folder to which you want to connect.

    If the Public folder has a password, a dialog opens asking you to enter it ( Figure 3.48 ). (If it doesn't, the iDisk mounts, and a message appears, letting you know that the iDisk has been mounted successfully.)
    03fig48.gif

    Figure 3.48 The "Public login" dialog opens if the Public folder has a password.

To connect to someone else's Public folder using Windows 2000

  1. Double-click the My Computer icon. The My Computer window opens.
  2. From the Tools menu, choose Map Network Drive ( Figure 3.49 ).
    03fig49.gif

    Figure 3.49 To begin creating a connection to a .Mac Public folder in Windows 2000, choose Map Network Drive from the Tools menu.

    The Map Network Drive dialog opens.
  3. At the bottom of the dialog, click "Create a shortcut to a Web folder or FTP site" ( Figure 3.50 ).
    03fig50.gif

    Figure 3.50 Click "Create a shortcut to a Web folder or FTP site," which will take you to a dialog where you can type in the URL for the Public folder.

    The Add Network Place Wizard dialog opens.
  4. In the field marked "Type the location of the Network Place," type http://idisk.mac.com/membername-Public? (replacing membername with the .Mac member name for the Public folder you're accessing) ( Figure 3.51 ).
    03fig51.gif

    Figure 3.51 To connect to a Public folder using Windows 2000, you have to type in the member name for the Public folder, and then follow that with Public? for the complete location. An example for my Public folder is shown here.

  5. Click Next. If the Public folder has a password set, the Enter Network Password dialog opens.
  6. In the "User name" field, enter public ( Figure 3.52 ).
    03fig52.gif

    Figure 3.52 Once you've entered a location for the Public folder, you'll be asked for the password—if one was set.

  7. In the Password field, enter the password for that Public folder.
  8. Click OK. The Add Network Place Wizard opens, asking you to name your new Network Place.
  9. In the Network Place name field, type a name for your Network Place (such as Bill's Public Folder) ( Figure 3.53 ).
    03fig53.gif

    Figure 3.53 When completing the Public folder setup, you'll be asked for a name for the connection. A suggested name is already entered for you—often, that's descriptive enough for most purposes and you can just click Finish.

  10. Click Finish. iDisk opens in a new window ( Figure 3.54 ).
    03fig54.gif

    Figure 3.54 Once you've finished your Public folder's connection setup, a new window opens for it, showing you its contents.

http://homepage.mac.com/yourmembername/.foldername/filename
   
  • + Share This
  • 🔖 Save To Your Account

Peachpit Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from Peachpit and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about Peachpit products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information


To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites; develop new products and services; conduct educational research; and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email ask@peachpit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information


Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information


If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by Adobe Press. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.peachpit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information


Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents


California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure


Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact


Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice


We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020