Sunday, 23 November 2014

How To Outsmart Hackers on Text Files 2

Another way of hiding text file from hackers is to 'hide the texts inside a photo file code'. Not like physically hiding it by making it look like the background colour but by 'incorporating it' inside a code of a file! It does sounds complicated but it is not. You can do it very easy without the need of an expensive software. Here's what you will need.

  • A photo that you do not mind destroying or losing.
  • The Notepad program.

Here's what you will do.

1. Find a suitable photo.

A suitable photo is something you do not need and would not be sorry if you will lose it. Any photo file is OK. The larger the file size, the better.

2. Make the file extension visible.

In windows, the file extension is usually hidden. To make it visible whilst the folder of the file is opened in the windows explorer, go to Tools(2)>FolderOption(3)>then untick 'hide extensions for known file types'.  The file extension will show after you click apply.

3. Edit the photo extension to txt.

Right click(5) on the photo you want to use and choose rename(6) to edit the extension (in this case jpg) and replace the extension (7) to txt.

4. Open it the file.

Txt files are opened in default by the Notepad program. Double click to open it. The photo is now converted into codes(9). You can pick any where to type and hide your sensitive text file inside the code then save it.

 Allow the change by clicking yes. The file icon will transform to txt icon which looks suspicious.

5. Revert the name of the extension

You need to rename the extension file from txt. to jpg by following step 3. Just click yes(11) at the pop up prompt and the icon will be transformed(12).

6. You're done.

When somebody will click on the file, an error message will pop up. This will mimick a corrupted picture file and this will not make it look like something important to hackers and others. So this will not be a target for their suspicious eyes because only you will know what's inside it. You can read the file again by renaming (step 3) the file extension to txt and double click it to open.

Or you can right click on it and click Open With(13)>Choose Default Program(14)Click the '+' sign to expand choices(15)>Choose Note Pad(16)>untick the 'always use...'(17) then OK.

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