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Protecting files. Making them only openable by you. May 1, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Privacy.
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Sometimes, there are files which you just do not want anyone else to open. You could always hide it (more secure), or you could do this:

Change the file extension. This way, when someone clicks on it, it will come up with that “Choose program to run” dialog box, and the file will not open.

If you do not know how to do this…

1) You need to enable viewing of file extensions. You can do this by opening any random folder, and going to Tools>Folder Options. Then go under the View tab, and uncheck the “Hide extensions for known file types box”

2)Rename the file, changing the file extension to whatever you want(keep the period). However, be sure to remember the old file extension. Now when you try double clicking, this happens:

That’s it, your done. If you want just do the same this as step one (except recheck the box), to make it so that you can no longer see the file extension. Also, you still can open the file upon double-clicking. However, this can only be done if you double-click, and then choose the program that would normal open the file when it had the correct extension. When doing this, make sure that the “Always open files with this program” box is unchecked. NOTE: Even if this box is unchecked, choosing the correct program to open the file will place this file under “Reccommended Programs”


Invisible Folders (Better than just hidden, and with no software required) May 1, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Privacy.
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So, if you ever want to hide a folder for whatever reason, you have a few options. You could:

  1. Make the folder hidden
  2. Purchase software to hide the folder
  3. Place the folder in a completely random location
  4. Do what I tell you here

So, if you chose option #1 then you would have done this:

Right click on a file/folder, and check the “Hidden” box next to attributes.

Doing this is extremely easy. However, at this same time, it is not very secure. A user can simply…

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Tools>Folder Options
  3. Click the “View” tab and select “Show hidden files and folders”

That was easy, and many people know how to do this.

Option #2 : Well, this requires you to give up the money that you have “worked so hard to gain” (Not applicable to everyone :0). Also, just getting the software takes time, as well as learning how to use it.

Option #3 : This option is not so bad. In fact, you could combine this with Option #1and it might be pretty secure. The downside to this is that you have to remember when you put the file in the first place, and you need to navigate all the way over there. This could require more than 5 clicks (omg).

Option #4: This is probably the coolest option, and the most secure. With this option, you put everything you want hidden into a folder. Then you make this invisible and hidden. What I mean by this is that even when you view hidden files, you still cannot see it…
To do this…

  1. Right click on the folder you wish to make hidden, go into properties, and check the hidden box in the attributes section.(See picture: Picture 1)
  2. Still in properties, click the customize tab. Under the folder icons section click change icon and change it to a blank one. Then click Apply.(See picture: Picture 2)
  3. Rename the folder to just a space character. You can do this by copying the space from the Character Map, or by just simply holding down Alt, and pressing 0160 on the numpad. (Using the spacebar does not work).
  4. Now you can move the folder to wherever you desire, and no one will see it unless the click that spot, or highlight everything. However, even then, the person still may not notice. This is all they see if they highlight the area where the folder is(See picture: Picture 3).