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Windows Folder Enclosing Techniques

by: Cresencio Daffon Jr. | 24 Jan, 2011 22:47:59

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For you to keep others in seeing your personal data, the best thing that you can do is Folder Enclosing. This is your shield for those people who are spying on your data, and it would be the best technique to secure your precious private information. On the other hand, Folder Enclosing has an adverse effect as well. Because with this method, another user who are trying to get an access to a visible folder will have a loud clue that the owner of the said file is indeed hiding confidential information which no other people are allowed to view.

For this reason, a lot of utilities which are sold commercially are saying that they are able to hide folders securely. On the contrary, to secure Folder Enclosing in Windows without the risk of experiencing a lot of issues in the OS are absolutely a bit hard to achieve and issues may arise practically speaking. You need to consider seriously the need to recover the folder files when system goes down, program scanning, backing up folders which are hidden, and recovery of the deleted hidden folders inside a folder which is visible.

But on the heavier side, these commercially manufactured programs offering Folder Enclosing may also end up being uninstalled and apparently got no worth in the first place. It is therefore advised that you keep your folders in a secret location which is a much simpler technique using the hidden attributes of Windows rather than using costly and complex utilities of security. You may protect your folders that are hidden using free enclosing programs which are open source.

The more popular feature which is called Read Only is working almost the same way like the hidden attributes of Windows which can be turned on and off because of its folder and file property. You may do the TEST task for yourself by creating a folder within My Documents. On your folder, you may now duplicate a pair of files which are unimportant. You may right click on the icon of the folder for turning on the attribute which is hidden; choose the General Tab after Properties before Hidden box selection by ticking it. You should see that from My Documents, the folder should vanish away, otherwise to display files which are hidden, you need to do Windows Explorer configuration. For checking the box which contain – Do not show hidden files and folders – you may choose Tools>Folder Options>View to do the change and the result would be the disappearance of the test folder. You may choose the caption that says – Show hidden files and folders – for the reappearance of the test folder. You now have an option using your folder settings to reveal a folder which is hidden after hiding it.

At this point, you are about to learn an easy technique that permits you to access your folder which is hidden without modifying the settings folder regularly. You have to be sure that the folder should be hidden, but you should not hide the files within it.

You need to ensure that the TEST folder is viewable after going to My Documents. You may use Control A after choosing all the files upon opening the TEST. You may choose Properties / General and the Hidden attribute should be unchecked after right-clicking on any place on the chosen files.

You may hide the folder by modifying the settings of the folder after you go back to My Documents. From My Documents, your folder for the test should vanish away.

The folder which is hidden can be navigated is another technique because it is permitted by Windows. You may type – \test – as quickly as possible after My Documents with no spaces in between and hit the Return key while you are in the folder of My Documents. You may now see the visibility of all your documents because of your very confidential folder called TEST.

Take note that is not good to imagine if a different user enables the hidden files display, because your personal folder will be instantly exposed when you locate it. Bear in mind that your folders should be kept from a location where it is easy to navigate but it cannot be easily accessed by other people. You can also put a not-so-attractive folder name for supplemental protection.

You need to perform Folder Enclosing to protect your folders which are hidden in a proper way and keep from the sight of individuals who have a subconscious interest on your files.


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