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A lot of people can't do more with a computer than type a Word document or make a "picture", so called, on Paint. Of course most people reading this instructable will know a bit more about Windows than that. But even people whose knowledge is limited to browsing the Web have digital secrets they would like to conceal from prying eyes (and chances are, the more you know about computers and related items, the more you will have to hide). This -ible is meant to give a few ideas to people who can really use computers about hoarding information, teach people who know the basics a few ways to hide sensitive data, and perhaps inspire the computer illiterate to learn something (though the last group will most likely never get a chance to read this page).
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> A Computer
> A Little Bit of Your Time
> A Little Patience: this is my first instructable.

  • This instructable is not meant for people who are so completely "computer illiterate" that they do not understand computer basics, such as how to navigate directories, save documents, etc. If you have trouble saving a Word document to your desktop instead of My Documents, I advise you to learn the simple things first (just opening My Computer and browsing folders is surprisingly informative) before continuing here.

Step 1: Making a “Hole-In-the-Wall”

This is a very useful way to hide things from view, but if a nosy user searches for material hidden in this folder (yes a Hole-In-the-Wall is simply a folder) the material will emerge from hiding. These folders are very useful for storing Caches, Strongboxes, and Crates, which you will learn about later.
Open C: and navigate to some little-opened directory. My favorite is C:\WINDOWS\system32, but you could build a Hole anywhere in the Master Drive (or any drive, really). Program Files is another good place; just build the Hole in the files of some random game. Once you have your "Wall" create a new folder (right-click, New, Folder) and name it. If you really want, you can name it "My Hole-In-the-Wall where I store my secret files" but this defeats the purpose. A Hole is supposed to be inconspicuous, so it is best to name it something like "sat" or "pta" (this is why WINDOWS is a good place; it is full of folders with names like "oobe" and "ras"). Now, simply put your files into your new hiding place and leave them there. It is a good idea to change the names of these files if they are really incriminating: use numbers or symbols, or even type the names backward; this way someone poking through your C: won't be tempted to open them if they do stumble upon your Hole-In-the-Wall. Now just memorize the file path and you have a secret folder!

  • Search Instructables for "How To Make An Invisible Folder". This is useful too.
<p>1. do we use Storage bin creator1 or 2?</p><p>2.neither of them make the padlock file....</p>
<p>Excellent tips, i must say. I have also mentioned a few things one must consider hiding from his/her desktop. http://techyuga.com/things-you-need-to-hide-on-your-computer/</p>
<p>To get the .tmp to work I just changed the file extension to &quot;.exe&quot; and it booted no issue.<br><br>Thanks for the help too, Mano!</p>
I like making caches...<br><br>I thought of that a long time ago and saw that it was on Instructables...<br><br>It is very cool though!
Batch files are way too easy to read, by just right clicking on them and selecting &quot;edit&quot;. Not a bad idea if the person looking for stuff like that knows anything about batch files.
You can easily change the file extension back to .txt to make it readable in notepad. Using software to hide text, pics, etc, inside a picture works very well. There are several programs out there that can do that. Hide a porn pic inside a background or other normal pic. Only you know which picture contains it.<br>You and your friends can communicate privately by typing your text and hiding it in a picture, send the picture and they can decode it. Don't modify the picture in any way after you encode it with text, or the text will become unrecoverable.<br>
Ok i'm sorry to break it to you but your thinking to hard. some on can just right click on the batch press edit and get pass.&nbsp; i suggest that you put the batch&nbsp; in a hole in the wall.<br />
If you don't want that to happen, go to f2ko.com and download their .bat to .exe converter.
there are people amongst us, that reverse an exe built by a novice within seconds...
first thing I do, if I cannot open a file is look at it with my trusty hex editor.
Personally I use a separate partition. When not in use, I go into Disk Management, and remove the drive letter. The drive goes away until you reapply a drive letter to it in Disk Management. I am sure you can apply more security to this 'hidden' drive, but it serves my purposes ;)
TrueCrypt is great for that, too.
&nbsp;How about disguising a batch file in a steganograph? Check my recent instructable &quot;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Steganography-the-easy-way/" rel="nofollow">steganography the easy way</a>&quot; to know how, or maybe just disguise the file with steganography in the first place...
Fuel bills would be a bit expensive =)<br />
&nbsp;Very Very Good, but i was wondering why, whenever i open the Batch file that the text has filled another line. Please help me.
I'll try to answer both questions at once.&nbsp;<br /><br />By &quot;multiple files&quot; I'm guessing you want to get sveral identical text files unpacked, perhaps in seperate locations?<br /><br />Where does this extra line appear?
&nbsp;The &nbsp;text appears underneath the original text, and i wish to make more than one DIFFERENT batch files please help
For each line you want unpacked, put it between &quot;echo&quot; and &quot;&gt;&quot;/&quot;&gt;&gt;&quot;<br /> <br /> echo Hello! I am a text file.&gt;X.txt<br /> echo This is a second line beneath the previous one.&gt;&gt;X.txt<br /> echo The End&gt;&gt;X.txt<br /> <br /> This would create a txt file with three lines, line one saying &quot;I am a text file,&quot; and line three saying &quot;The End.&quot;<br /> <br /> To create multiple files:<br /> <br /> echo I am file # 1&gt;PATH\File_1.txt<br /> echo I am file # 5345422A&gt;PATH\File_5345422A.txt
&nbsp;you can right-click-&gt;edit a batch file and it'll show everything in it. This isn't a very good way to store things
&nbsp;and how do i create multiple &quot;batches&quot;?
on my pc it saves the files as .tmp....is that problem from my pc or????
Try to make a "Cache" with the .txt document instead of archive.That text can be seen when you open your picture with notepad.It will be situated at the end of the whole text in Notepad.And your picture can still be opened as a picture
Good idea...It wouldn't work with most files, but it would be a handy way to hide passwords.
You are right.These methods are very useful but if you want to hode something from FBI or police you will need something more secure.WinRAR can encrypt files and add a password to the archive.It uses a very interesting way of encryption.Even FBI uses this method to hide their information.Such archives can only be decrypted using &quot;brute force&quot; methods.You will need to check ALL possible combinations.Someone will need many thousands of computers connected with each other to check these combinations fast.And with something like &quot;BHvhFBHHfvvfz562562y*%*&amp;*%&quot; acting like a password decrypting will last for centuries and it will take too many resources to end with something like these:&quot;George Bush is a motherf***er!!!F*** yourself motherf***ing reader of this f***ing crap!&quot;.<br/>P.S. I have nothing to say against George Bush in this post.I'm from Russia and my opinion about him sounds better in Russian than this bunch of endless F-words written above.Russian people have much more words than you can imagine to describe something motherf***ing.<br/>
Mate, thank you for the great 'ible. This instructable has unlocked secrets of xp I did not even know existed. Thank you again.
you could also change the font on all of your word documents into the symbols and then place them into the secret file
Nice car! Where did you get it from? :D
hmmm, good idea, but the program doesnt seem to be working for me. any idea about that?
Storage Bin Creator is in batch now. Let me know if it doesn't work.
I know that two of the three computers in my house have AVG 8 virus protection, which prevents the program from running, showing a message titled "Storage Bin Creator.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close...", followed by a "Threat detected; Heal, Move to Vault; Ignore" window. I had to uninstall AVG to compile the batch file. I compiled the .bat file because the safe icon looks better than the batch file icon, but there's no point if one can't run the program; I'll add the batch version as soon as I can.
well this was nice<sup>i say this know that im REALLY good with pcs</sup>i would like to know how to compile a .bat file to a .exe file<br/><br/>and you should add a step about turecrypt <br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.truecrypt.org/">http://www.truecrypt.org/</a><br/>
You can find a fairly good batch compiler <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.f2ko.de/English/b2e/download.php">http://www.f2ko.de/English/b2e/download.php</a>. I couldn't get this program to work until I disabled my virus protection; AVG immediately tagged any .exe it compiled as a virus, and promptly destroyed it.<br/><br/>Yes I know about TrueCrypt. Ironically, I discovered it literally five minutes after I published this instructable.<br/>
wow thats funny and thanks for the link
btw is that a Ogame background?
sure looks like ogame or evogame
It is simply a wallpaper. I needed a picture for the intro, so I took a screenshot of my desktop.
as a technician, I can say that in the course of diagnosing a computer, I would likely discover or delete any and all data stored in these manners... I would read any bat files I find, definitely check out any nonstandard folders, and open any "misbehaving" image files with a hex editor ... these are common virus techniques for basic obfuscation... I would not trust them for anything more than simple "security through obscurity" ... which is only useful if no one skilled wants your information.
First of all, nothing is ever, <em><strong>ever</strong></em>, completely secure. If you can access something, there are probably six ways to crack, trick, or manipulate it. These are ways you could hide things from nosy family members, coworkers, and/or friends, but yes, as you made clear, no one with expert PC knowledge and a couple of good programs would be fooled.<br/><br/>Second, what is a hex editor?<br/>
a hex editor is a program that allows you to view and change any file as straight hexadecimal numbers... most hex editors also show binary and ascii (or unicode) representations... they are pretty darn useful in reverse engineering or editing compiled programs or file formats that don't provide a spec... also useful for figuring out when a jpeg isn't a jpeg, or when programs' skin files are really renamed zip files or such things...
If the cops are looking at your computer, they'll hand it off to a computer forensics specialist who will run a program that scans every disk block, searching for incriminating content. It will even pick up deleted files - hiding things with odd file or directory names won't help. The only security is encryption - and even that is true only if you can ensure that non unencrypted copy is ever written to disk.
As I said above, these are methods of hiding things from your family and friends. They would never keep anything from a skilled technician. If you have reciepts for murder weapons or files you use on your underground Anti-Obama radio show and the cops are closing in on you, I advise you to A) Encrypt everything on your computer, or B) Place a large pile of thermite on top of your poor PC and cremate it.
I would suggest just using a <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sandisk.com/Enterprise/">secure USB drive</a><br/>

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