Hiding files and folders in Windows can be easily done and easily undone, when you know how. The problem with the Windows process is that the folder and file hiding process was not designed with security in mind. The only purpose it really serves is to prevent you from deleting system files and folders on the computer that are integral part of the computer’s operation. I do have to admit, there have been those occasion where I will hide a file at work as a temporary measure to keep prying eyes out; however, anyone with any computer savvy will know how to compromise this.
A solution that I have been playing around with for awhile is a FREE file and folder hiding tool called WinMend.
The “cool factors” with this application is that the files and folders can be hidden instantly no matter the size of the data and the files/folders are invisible not only in the computer where the hiding was completed, but in any computer.
WinMend Folder Hidden is a free file/folder hiding tool. While ensuring the absolute system safety, this application can quickly hide files and folders on local partitions and/or on removable devices. The hidden files/folders will be safely hidden whether the drive is accessed in another operating system on the same computer or reinstalled on another computer. You can set a password for this application. Hidden data can be displayed and unhidden only when the user enters the valid password. The data is completely invisible to other programs or on other operating systems. However, please keep in mind that this application is for home use only. It’s not recommended for commercial settings where more strict confidentiality is required. Supports Language: English, French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Greek, Korean, Itanlian, Slovak, Vietnames.
I’m pretty certain there is a backdoor way, via the Windows command console, to compromise WinMend; BUT the advantage of hiding a file or folder is that someone is not going to go after something that they don’t know is there the begin with.
If interested, you can get WinMend [ HERE ] .
My personal experiment with WinMend on a flash drive:
What draws my attention to apps like this is trying to find a way to make it work from my flash drive. In other words, can I make it become portable to the point that I can run the app from my flash drive, on any computer (even with admin rights), and hide the files on the flash drive? For me, here is how I got it to work. I used a little program called “Universal Extractor” to unpack the WinMend install. I then copied the upacked files over to my flash drive. The first thing I did was rename the executable file (that starts WinMend) from “folderhidden” to “WinMend” so as not to give any initial clues that I had hid files or folders on the drive. I then ran the “WinMend” file to start WinMend from the flashdrive, setup my password and then used it to hide a folder on the flashdrive. What I am finding, so far, it that it is working like a charm and on one PC at an off site location, where I do not have Admin rights, WinMend still worked. Again, you may not have that same result and I am still testing this, but so far it is working and is a fast way to hide my data. I’m putting this out there in hope that another tech may also try this and give some feedback.
As with any utility, such as WinMend, ALWAYS maintain a backup of your files…