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Hiding stuff on your PC

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by jamoor, 2 Mar 2006.

  1. jamoor


    Joined: 22 Jun 2005

    Posts: 8,824

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    I was having a discussion at school about this, you know with kids trying to hide pron and all.

    Is it possible to hide stuff on your pc , like encrypt it or something?
    Password protection is possible but it musnt be able to be traced by the slightly above average computer user.
  2. Etaqua


    Joined: 25 Nov 2005

    Posts: 478

    1. Rename the files (xxxsecks.mpg -> system32.bat, for example) and change their icon.

    2. Use XP's built in encryption.

    3. Create another partition.

    4. Shove it all in an encrypted RAR archive with a subtle name.
  3. GlasgowTitan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,416

    Location: Glasgow

    Right click on a file, go to properties. Near the bottom of that window is box called Hidden, tick it. Now you can only see that file if you open up the folder, go to tools > folder options > view tab > check box saying "show hidden files and folders"

    This only really works on computer illeterate people like mums and dads. ;)
  4. jamoor


    Joined: 22 Jun 2005

    Posts: 8,824

    Location: Nottinghamshire

    no, the people we are up against are one stage up, i.e. "Head of IT" they know more than necessary and possibly a network admin,
  5. snow patrol


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,911

    Location: London

    lock folder xp is a good little program that will hide files/folders completely.
  6. Psyk


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,444

    Location: Leamington Spa

    Head of IT? Pah. Just stick it in a folder called "work". They'll never know.
  7. marc_howarth


    Joined: 29 Jul 2005

    Posts: 445

    Location: Matlock

    Or do what i did and just remove all the admin from the NTFS securtiy settings :p
  8. Keylow


    Joined: 8 Mar 2005

    Posts: 854

    Rename "pron.exe" to something like UI.DLL and throw it into system32 :D
  9. Lummux


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 377

    Thats easy to get around you just take ownership of the file/folder and it restores the permissions.
  10. QuantumXP


    Joined: 20 Dec 2002

    Posts: 376

    If you only want to hide a small quantity of data, a USB Mem stick is your best bet.
  11. MNuTz


    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 4,935

    Location: Market Drayton, Salop

    Zip all your files into one zip and password protect it.

    If someone tries to open the zip file they will still be able to see all the file names inside but not what they are.

    To get around this, zip the zip you have just made and password protect that.

    This way all they will be able to see is a zip file inside a zip file but nothing else.
    Now hide that zip file in some obscure location in your program files.