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10th July 2009, 05:05 PM

Just created a MobileMe account yesterday and I have a question re using the Gallery.

Is there a way to protect the root of the gallery, then add different folders off the root and only make public a certain folder and sub-folders?

|---> Non Public folder
|---> Non Public folder ---> Family Photos
|---> Non Public folder ---> Holiday Photos
|---> Public Folder
|---> Public Folder ---> Public Sub-Folder 1
|---> Public Folder ---> Public Sub-Folder 2

Basically I want to be able to share some photos to ppl without them reverse engineering the rest of my gallery.


10th July 2009, 06:06 PM
You can hide a gallery from your album settings in Mobile Me so that it can't be seen from your Gallery page:

http://img.skitch.com/20090710-mpm352g7f25ymqjt6dip53s5fq.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/benreimers/bafa8/mobileme-gallery-mardi-gras-2009-70-items)Click for full size (http://skitch.com/benreimers/bafa8/mobileme-gallery-mardi-gras-2009-70-items) - Uploaded with plasq (http://plasq.com)'s Skitch (http://skitch.com)

http://img.skitch.com/20090710-nsta9chsr73u75uiqqcgqby9qm.preview.jpg (http://skitch.com/benreimers/bafae/mobileme-gallery-mardi-gras-2009-70-items)Click for full size (http://skitch.com/benreimers/bafae/mobileme-gallery-mardi-gras-2009-70-items) - Uploaded with plasq (http://plasq.com)'s Skitch (http://skitch.com)

[edit] The gallery is still available directly by using it's URL, but not from your gallery page. So long as you don't tell people the URL, they won't be able to find it.

10th July 2009, 06:40 PM
Thanks Banjo,

Should have mentioned I had worked that out.

It doesn't take much brain power for someone to work out the rest of the gallery tho - not that secure.

I don't mind posting links for public folders, but I certainly don't want strangers (as such) browsing any family albums etc which are supposedly hidden (and private).

Is there anyway around that problem?

10th July 2009, 08:05 PM
You're right, it's not terribly secure. When the album is hidden it can't be found by means than by a direct URL, but that doesn't mean somebody couldn't try to figure it out by substituting random numbers on the query string.

Unfortunately there is no real way to further protect published galleries. I much prefer Flickr's way of doing things, where you have 4 categories to allow/disallow access to your photos: public, private, friends, and family. Of course the problem is that to have not-public photos visible by your family/friends they need to have Flickr accounts as well.

Personally, I only use Flickr, but I understand that's probably not ideal.