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Spotlight's Privacy Tab in Preferences
Authored by: deepkid on May 15, '05 11:45:27PM

As I mentioned on here when Tiger first came out, I can't believe that Apple shipped Spotlight with such loose security in the privacy tab in preferences. Consider that if content you wish to be excluded from its search is highly-sensitive, it's just sitting there in the open for anyone else using the machine to see. Spotlight's privacy tab should be password protected at the very least.



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Spotlight's Privacy Tab in Preferences
Authored by: cfoster on May 17, '05 10:36:43AM

I could be wrong, but it seems like Spotlight still indexes items in the 'privacy' tab, but just doesn't display the results.

I say this because I was copying over a large number of documents to my desktop (which is in the private space to avoid indexing transient files) and AFTER the copy was complete I could hear the hard drive grinding away like mad still. A quick check of the process monitor showed 'mds' (the Spotlight engine) chewing up a bunch of processor time so it seems likely it's the one grinding away on my drive.

I have a dual 2GHz G5 with a gig of RAM and I still find my machine becomes unresponsive when mds is doing it's thing in the 'background.' I've tried renicing it, but to no avail.

I wonder how much extra stress Spotlight puts on a drive and whether it leads to their early demise?



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