Saturday, 22 November 2014

How To Outsmart Hackers on Text Files 1

Hackers has one purpose, to "get in" without permission.  Clever already as they are, they become more clever everyday in dodging internet security softwares and antivirus programs. Like a virus in the real world, they dodge these "vaccines" by creating a different strain of themselves. Eventually, these vaccines will catch up again with them in due time, as security experts also take time in identifying and making a profile for the said infection or applying a patch to loopholes that the hackers learn and gain control of.

Scary as it is, but regular users like you and me can outsmart hackers with  practical computing skills. We can keep our sensitive files away from their watchful eyes even when they are able to gain access with our computers. I personally do this by camouflaging my files. And here's how.
 

Camouflaging

If you are forgetful or you have several log ins to several sites like emails, social media, banks, etc, then chances are sometimes you mix up your passwords and usernames. This confusion can lead to an account being locked out and  the recovery is painful specially when you also forgot the security answers on your account.

This happened to me many times and the obvious solution to this is to write it down somewhere. The most common place to write it down and hide this is inside the computer. And when hackers gain access to your computer, havoc begins. Outsmart them by making this passwords and user names "invisible" by camouflaging them.

The tool needed for this is already inside your computer. Access it on windows by clicking Start>AllPrograms>Accessories>Paint .

1.  Make a camouflaged text area, Click fill icon(1), Choose a black(2) background (if it has not been selected as default colour), then move your cursor to the empty area then left click(3) to fill. You can save this at his point or just minimise it.



 2.  Type your text on a text editor. (Start>All Programs>Accessories>Notepad)
The reason to do this is so that you can type and edit easier. Notepad is a basic text program that opens up quicker than other office suites.

After typing the texts, highlight it all then right click, and copy(4).



3.Make a camouflaged text colour
Go back to the saved camouflaged text area and define a text colour that is almost exactly the same as the background. Click Edit colour(5), then slide the slider(9)  up until the values come up to 7 (7). Then click OK.



4. Paste it.
After setting the text colour, click the font icon, drag the slider to cover the canvas, then click paste.


5. Here's the camouflaged file. In the first look, the canvas doesn't seem like hiding anything. Hackers do not expect you to hide something in here unless they know you have sensitive data on it. Just like leaving a spare key to under the  unsuspecting  rug or flowet pot.



6. How to read it.
 Just go to the fill icon(11) again, change the first colour to white(12) (change it byhighlighting it first and click a white colour on the pallette(12.2)), point your fill button(13) at any edge  of the canvas, making it sure to avoid any part of the text, then left click to fill.











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