Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/194671/how-to-hide-files-and-folders-on-every-operating-system/
A hidden file or folder is just a normal file or folder with a “hidden” option set. Operating systems hide these files by default, so you can use this trick to hide some files if you share a computer with someone else.
Good article but I've never heard anyone referring to quotes (open, at the beginning and closed at the end) as "Inverted Comas"
While technically "hidden," these folders are extremely easy to find and access. If you want to hide something, there are better methods.
If one is going through the trouble of accessing File Explorer - Tools - "hide / unhide" files each time... it might be just as easy to download a free app (e.g. Axcrypt) and securely encrypt/decrypt file(s) with a simple right click. Just as easy, but a lot more secure (esp. with a decent password).
These files show up as soon as someone does the unhide option... Is there a way to put passwords on files and folders??
This is the first thing someone who actually knows something about computers will look for if they are trying to find something you hid from them. Instead, create a folder with a mundane sounding name such as 8-17-2012 ( a date from several years ago) then put that in a folder that has a lot of similar looking folders such as your my pictures folder. The pictures folder will be opened with a pictures program - such as picassa that will ignore non picture folders ( picassa also has a do not include option for when your hidden folder has pictures.) This is an example of security by obscurity and while it is not perfect, no security really is. A casual user will not typically look for hidden stuff there. The FBI computer forensics lab will find it within seconds. Right after they look at those obviously hidden files.
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