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Espionage 3 / Re: Can't delete files
February 09, 2024, 12:06:36 AM
Hello Stevens, dragging a file from the protected folder creates a copy, because MacOS always does a copy when you drag a file from one volume to another (for example if you drag a file from your internal disk to a usb stick or external hard drive). The unlocked folder is in fact a mounted disk image volume which is shown "through" the unlocked folder, but nevertheless, it is another volume.
To change the default behaviour you do exactly what you did.
But the reason I asked is different. If you can "save" your files from the protected folder by copying them into a regular folder, then the simplest way to fix your problem is to copy all the data out of the protected folder, delete the folder from espionage and simply add it anew.
It is a bit of a quick and dirty solution, but it should work. I assume you will not have the same problem with the newly added folder, because it will create the disk image new, reset the permissions and that should make it work.
On the other hand, if you want me to troubleshoot the problem in detail, then we would need a zoom session and I can then take a look into it and try to figure out what went wrong.

If you are fine with the quick fix, then:
- create a new emtpy folder on your internal disk
- unlock the folder in espionage
- drag all the files into the new folder
- ctrl click onto folder in espionage folder list, and select force remove from database
- this will dump the disk image containing the data onto your desktop together with the password file for the disk image
- now drag the new folder to espionage and let it encrypt
- once done, check if all works fine
- if yes, you can trash the disk image and the password file

let me know how it went
Espionage 3 / Re: Can't delete files
February 08, 2024, 06:48:38 AM
Hello Stevens, in it's essence, Espionage is just administering MacOS disk images. It creates them, encrypts them, assign name and password and manipulate the mountpoint for them, but at it's core, the data is kept in MacOS encrypted disk image. So the error you are describing is an error the disk image is returning and _should_ nothing to do with Espionage. I know this does not make your life any better, but just to be clear on this.
It is probably some kind of a permission issue. Does the same happen when you try to copy a file out of the protected folder, say, you drag a file from the protected folder into a regular folder, for example into your  Documents folder?

Espionage 3 / Re: Sonoma Compatibility
February 01, 2024, 01:23:16 PM
Hello, the problem is that you cannot encrypt a folder on an external volume. What you can do is move the folder to the boot drive, encrypt it and then move the resulting disk image onto the external volume. The mountpoint folder can stay on the internal drive or you can move that one too to the external.
It is only the encryption process which does not work. Once encrypted, the folder will work normally even if it is on the external volume.
If you need assistance with that, please let me know.
Espionage 3 / Re: Serious restore folder problem
January 22, 2024, 10:31:46 AM
Excellent, thanks for the feedback.
Now, we had these before, failed restores, but we could not nail the reason for it, it is probably a permission issue but we are not sure. What we have on the to do list, though, is to stop moving the disk image into trash, and removing the folder from Espionage even if the restore fails. We will first complete the restore and if we have it confirmed as sucesfull, then we will do the cleanup.
It will be implemented in one of the future versions, till then, you will have to bear with me :-)
Thanks for your patience and sorry for the inconvenience.
Espionage 3 / Re: Serious restore folder problem
January 22, 2024, 07:31:45 AM
OK, we need the disk image password, and to get it, we have to revert to a previous version of Espionage database

In your homefolder/Library/Application Support/com.taoeffect.Espionage3 folder there should be a backup folder. This one contains backups of database3 files which are done by Espionage automatically.

To start Espionage with one of the older databases, do the following:
- quit espionage V3
- go the the folder mentioned above (Note that your home Library folder is hidden since Lion, to enter into it from Finder, switch to Finder, hold down the option key and select Library from the list of "places to go".)
- rename the database3 file which is in the Library/Application Support/com.taoeffect.Espionage3 folder (not in the backup folder) to database3-current or such, this is your latest i.e. current database. Now copy one of the backups from the Backup folder, pick one which has a time stamp before the problem occurred, into parent folder, and rename it to database3.

Now start Espionage by doubleclickng it in the Application folder, unlock it, and see if the folder you wanted to restore is listed, if yes, click onto small "i" near the folder name, this will take you to the folder information window, click onto "copy password" button.

Now doubleclick the disk image you retrieved from trash, when asked for pass, paste the one from the clipboard, if all goes well, the disk image should mount, and you should be able to copy your data out into a regular folder.

Let me know how it went

Espionage 3 / Re: Serious restore folder problem
January 22, 2024, 07:10:13 AM
Hello, can you please check if you have a disk image in the trashcan/recycle bin, if yes, move it out onto your desktop or any other location.
Is the folder you wanted to restore, still present in the espionage folder list? Probably not, but pls confirm.
Espionage 3 / Re: Rebuilding System
April 20, 2023, 01:49:30 PM
Hello, sorry for the laaate reply, it seems that forum notifications were not set up properly on my side, so your post went by unnoticed, do you still have the problem?
Hello Norm, I did not advise you to launch Advanced Mac Tuneup. We are fighting with spam all the time, and it might be that you got an email which was not written by us. Feel free to open a support ticket with us, or send me an email directly to and we can continue to communicate that way, to be sure you are getting emails from me.

In the mean time we will try to figure out what is going on with the forum.

Espionage 3 / Re: Rebuilding System
November 15, 2017, 12:52:25 PM
Hello, if you send me your email to then I can search our license database to determine if you have a valid license for version 3. Anyway, in case you are protecting a folder on an external disk, then the sparsebundle names will bear the name of the folder you are protecting, same as in Espionage 2. However in Espionage 2 the sparse bundle was located inside the folder you were protecting and in Espionage 3 they can be in any folder you want. So I guess it is indeed an Espionage 3 setup.

If this is so, then, whereas the password for sparsebundles in Espionage 2 were user defined, i.e. where those you used to unlock the folder, in Espionage 3 they are application generated and can be seen only if you deliberately copied them out of Espionage using the copy password button in folder info window. So unless you did that, you will not be able to import the sparse bundles.

If you have a backup of the espionage folder inside your home/Library folder, we can revert the espionage to an older date state and then you can copy the passwords out, if you do not have a backup then the data is lost.

Let me know if I can help you further,


Espionage 2 is not compatible with OS X since Maverick and, we informed all our registered users quite a few years ago.

If you have some data to recover, then follow the first part, if not then just skip to the second part of this post.

There is a way to recover your data but requires some time and patience. First you have to recover your data, and then uninstall Espionage 2. Once you did all that, you can go ahead and download espionage 3 from and add your folder back to it. Espionage 3 is fully compatible with Maverick and Yosemite and is actively developed and supported.

Here is what to do:

- download the following software 
- launch it, and click on "make files visible" button (in case OS X does not allow to launch ivisible, you have to go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy, click on padlock icon in lower left corner and authenticate, then under General Tab, under "Allow apps downloaded from" select anywhere, wait for confirmation window, and then try to launch iVisible again)
- now revisit the protected folder and you will see a disk image inside, named same as the folder name, but having a dot in front of the name
- dobleclick it, it should ask you for password, enter it, and the image will mount as a volume, like for example an USB stick would mount
- open it and you will access to all your files
- copy them out, unmount the volume and delete the protected folder containing the disk image you just opened

once you have all your data back, you should uninstall Espionage 2. You can try either by selecting Uninstall option from Espionage's Espionage menu, or if that does not work, then you can manually remove all the files, here is a list:
Note that some files are in your home Library folder and some in your root Library folder. Your home Library folder is hidden since Lion, to enter into it from Finder, switch to Finder, hold down the option key and select Library from the list of "places to go".:

/Users/[your username]/Library/Application Support/Espionage
/Users/[your username]/Library/LaunchAgents/com.taoeffect.EspionageHelper.plist
/Users/[your username]/Library/Services/EspionageMenu.service (might not exist)
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.taoeffect.Espionage.plist (might not exist)
/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.taoeffect.Espionage (might not exist)

once you removed the files/folder, please reboot your Mac

Let me know if you get stuck.

Espionage 3 / Re: Espionage 3 with Google backup/sync
November 07, 2017, 12:25:09 AM
Hello, no this is not possible.
Espionage stores the data in encrypted disk image which is recognized only by Mac OS. To Google drive it will look like a folder with a bunch of files in it, these are so called stripes of the disk image. So again, in short, this is not possible.....unless, you combine with another app called tresorit. We tested this to some extent but we never officially embrace it, so you are doing it on your own responsibility, but I will be more then happy to assist you with the process.
Basically, what you do is use Espionage to protect the data on the Mac, and sync the unlocked folder with Tresorit clould, then you use tresorit app to access the files on the iOS or on their web front end.

If you are interested in details, let me know,

Hello, first of all, my appologies for deleting your previous post, we are fighting spammers on the daily basis, and I was carried away during clicking.

What you say is rather strange, but fortunatelly I encountered the same thing, but not in Espionage!

I downloaded the damn Adobe Flash updater, just as I did thousand times already, and when I doubleclicked on it it mounted as Google Updater??? and it was empty.

But when I check the mounted volumes in /Volumes folder the it is Adobe Flash updater, and there is a file inside, the updater app, but when I try to launch it, it says it does not exist.

So there is something fishy in High Sierra and Volumes, but I had no time to investigate it, because I encountered it during work, and today I'm away traveling.

I will come back on this, in the mean time if you find something on the google, please let me kniw,

Espionage 3 / Re: High Sierra
October 09, 2017, 05:55:28 AM
I know that this will be difficult to provide, but if you see that it crashed, can you quickly launch console application and check the allmessages and system log for espionage entries?

In fact, you can do that even now if it crashed recently, just enter in the console search field


see if it returns anything,

Espionage 3 / Re: High Sierra
October 02, 2017, 10:39:22 AM
I encountered this problem with a USB stick, but not with an External Hard Drive, although, there should be no difference. I will test it again and let you know if I figure something out.
Espionage 3 / Re: High Sierra
September 30, 2017, 01:02:09 PM
Hello again, I tested once again, this time with an external disk instead of (slow) USB stick and all works fine, no delays of any kind and it is possible to lock the folders.

Thanks for your input so far, if you encounter any problems, please let us know