Hiding files problem

Hiding files problem

Have you got a file or, files that you would like to hide on your PC or, a memory stick ?

Hiding secret files

We all have private files on our PC, removable hard disk drive or, memory stick - files that we don't want others to see - our secret data !
There are many ways to password protect our private files, but would we feel happier if they were altogether invisible ?

Files that can, but can't be seen ?

In fact, I shouldn't say invisible, I should say disguised - in a format that is unrecognizable from the original file, encrypted and impossible to retrieve without a special tool.
If you need file secrecy, this is the perfect solution - especially for files that are stored on small memory sticks that are easily lost, stolen or, mislaid - don't forget to keep a back-up !

Back-up files or, take the risk ?

How many of us don't keep back-ups of our private data because we are frightened that others may gain access to it - well now, you needn't worry, you can keep as many memory stick back-ups as you like and you needn't be too concerned about anyone getting hold of them !

Hiding files problem

Article first published 19-02-2011
This week, I was going to tell you about a handy program that I have found, that enables you to encrypt and hide text or, a file, within a photograph or, a picture on your computer. What's the point ?
Well, let's say you have a Word document such as a list of passwords to various online accounts or, some other type of sensitive data saved on your computer or, a USB stick for example. If someone else uses your computer or, you lose the USB stick, you wouldn't want anyone to have access to a file containing your list of passwords so, you can take the sensitive file/data and hide it within a picture file.
There's no loss in the quality of the picture and your data is hidden from prying eyes - brilliant !
Unfortunately, I can't tell you any more because although the program has been professionally produced, there is a flaw in it which causes it to crash and lock up Windows.
As with all programs that I recommend, I always try them out first and as there is a fault in this one, I don't want to recommend it yet, but I have reported the fault to the company concerned and they are looking into the problem and will no doubt, fix the error. Once they do, I will tell everyone where they can download the program.
So, why am I telling you about it now ?
Well, the fault in the program caused Windows to lock up. My cursor disappeared and the mouse was disabled. Most computer users faced with this scenario, switch their computers off using the power on/off switch, but doing this repeatedly can cause a problem within Windows itself and can eventually lead to it having to be repaired or, even, re-installed. It's not something that you want to do regularly.
The thing that saved me from having to do a forced Windows' shutdown on this occasion was the "Windows" key on my computer keyboard and as it did, I got to thinking about just 'how' useful, but under-used, the Windows' key is. It's situated on the bottom left hand side of your keyboard between the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys (the one with the Windows' waving-flag logo on it)
The main function of the Windows' key is to save time. It gives us the option to quickly complete some of the tasks that we normally use our mouse to complete.
So, for example: to access the Windows' menu, most of us use the mouse or, mouse-pad to move the cursor to the bottom left hand corner of the screen, where we click on the Windows' rectangle or, circle (depending upon which version of Windows is being used) to gain access to the programs and applications that we regularly use.
No need ! Just tap the Windows' key and the menu opens in a flash - without touching the mouse. Press the "esc" key in the top left hand corner of the keyboard and the menu disappears just as quickly.
Why do most of us not use the Windows' key to complete certain tasks ? The answer is simple, we're in the habit of using the mouse and slow to adopt change, but give it a try and you will soon find out just 'how' handy the Windows' key really is !
There's no need to use the mouse to close down a program or, navigate between open windows or, return to your Windows' Desktop to click on the Internet Explorer icon to gain access to the internet - you can do all these things and more, using the Windows' key - give it a try !
For example, pressing the Windows' key and the letter "e" simultaneously, instantly opens Internet Explorer and loads your home page which is something that we all do regularly.

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