In T.V. shows like “24”, the action star often calls over the “computer guy” on staff for some light hacking. The I.T. guy or gal, who usually has punk rock hair or is wheelchair bound will then roll over, lay down about a hundred keystrokes, and suddenly a crisis is averted. Many times instead of hacking into government databases, they’re probably simply uncovering hidden files on a PC and the extra keystrokes are unnecessary and just to give a bigger bill to Jack Bauer. This article will show you how to hide and unhide files on your PC in 5,000 keystrokes or less.
People hide files on their PC for privacy, security and to protect their intellectual property. Quickly browsing through your C: drive will show you a good number of files and folders but there’s likely actually many more items there hidden from view. Besides private files hidden on purpose, there are system files disguised so that novice users don’t open them and make alterations. Hiding your files on your PC won’t necessarily protect your information from experienced hackers but it can keep your resume-updating, computerless friend from seeing the mocked up invitations to the party they aren’t invited to.
The first thing you need to do to hide a folder on your PC is to find the particular folder in your C:drive. It’s also a good idea to save the folder deep into your C:drive such as C:/Program Files/Symantec/Users/Diagnostics. Somebody who is attempting to access your information would really have to excavate the farther the file is located…rather than just going to the C:/SuperSecretFiles folder. It’s also important that you remember where in fact you save the file to access it later. Once you’ve found the folder, right click on properties then go to general attributes and check the box next to ‘hidden’. This will effectively hide this particular folder.
After you’ve hidden a folder, you need to go in and make sure that hidden files and folders aren’t visible. This is pretty easy to accomplish through My Computer and the ‘tools’ toolbar section. Next go to folder options and view hidden files and make sure the ‘do not show’ radio button is selected. You’ll have to select and de-select this option every time you want to access a hidden folder or file but at least you’ll have another wall of security for your protection.
This is a general way to hide folders or files on your PC with simply the tools available on your computer. If you want to take additional steps to hide your files, you can download a program such as Free Hide Folder which has an easy to use interface for accomplishing the task but also enables password protection and some extra security features. It might take some practice and a little adjustment getting used to it but together over time we can help put wheelchair bound, goth punk rocking, I.T. guys and gals out of work…I feel horrible.