There are a few reliable methods for keeping important files safe from unwarranted access. Many could easily be executed with simple components of Windows Operating System. For example, encryption and password-protection are commonly used methods on Widows operating desktops and mobile computers. There are also a plethora of online utilities that could help with your privacy and hiding needs. If you want to be creative, I would suggest using your images as host files for hiding important files.
Do you have unwanted, embarrassing images sitting idly in your personal or business laptop’s hard drive? Veneer is an entirely free readily available software package that allows users to hide a computer file in image files. Veneer works in a very discrete manner and leaves almost nothing behind to cause suspicion. The ‘processed’ image file opens normally and the content is left intact with absolutely no change in image’s content and attributes. Furthermore, the image file retains its original file extension code. Only detectable alteration is the change in the size of the image file which is predictably larger after the Veneer process. Needless to say, Veneer can also reverse the hiding process.
Veneer is popular for a good reason. Executing the hiding function in four simple steps, it sports an incredibly user-friendly interface. When Veneer is running, users see 6 Titles on top of the Veneer window. After clicking on “Bind File” title, users can browse and select an image file to be used as the host file. Below, I present a brief summary of what follows:
- Once settled with a host image file, click “proceed” to initiate the process.
- Browse and select the file to be embedded and hidden into the host file and click the “proceed” button.
- “File binding is in progress” and user does not need to intervene.
- Veneer produces a link for the “binded” file and reports the size of the new file.
As I mentioned previously, Veneer can also “unbind” the new files. This process requires less involvement from the user. Once user selects “Unbind File” title, the process is as follows:
- Browse and select a previously “Binded” file
- Once again, Step 2 requires no user intervention
- Veneer breaks up the “binded” file back into the host (image) and embedded file.
Veneer is a fun and useful program that could potentially relieve users from utilizing more demanding and hardcore hiding methods.