Windows software of the day [June 8, 2012]

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Software for June 8, 2012

Hide Folders

People using your computer is a big security risk. They can not only accidentally download something bad, they can also peek at your private files, which is totally uncalled for. If you store sensitive information on your computer, it’s best to encrypt and hide it. You can get the hiding part done with Hide Folders.

With Hide Folders, you can hide sensitive folders from the simple interface. To do that, just open the main interface and select Add Folder. From there, select your folder. You’re good to go! With Hide Folders, all of your potentially sensitive data can be safely hidden from sight.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.5

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: 2.4MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Hide Folders homepage

ImageHide

Have you heard of steganography? It’s a very cool technique to hide information from one file inside of another file in a way that obscures that it’s even there. It’s common to, for instance, hide an encrypted text document inside of an image file, as the large size of the image file makes up for the increased filesize.

ImageHide is quite easy to use. You simply click the buttons in order: open a picture, click Encrypt, type/paste the data in, click Encrypt again, type in a password, click Close, and lastly write data. Now, when you send the modified image to a friend, they’ll never suspect the existence of the hidden message. You can use this to do things like share sensitive information, as it uses the relatively secure RC4 encryption method along with some simple hashing.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.0

Supported OS: Windows 

Download size: 530KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

ImageHide homepage

Auto Screenshot

Want to keep track of your computer usage? You may want to consider Auto Screenshot, a free program that takes screenshots on a given interval. If you’re managing a coffee shop, you can use it on your internet-connected computers; if you’re an avid procrastinator, you can use it to go back in time and see how you procrastinated (while still procrastinating).

Auto Screenshot is a nice little program.  After choosing the location and interval of screenshots, you can change the quality and the hiding setting. If you want to, you can have AS automatically hide itself whenever you start it up, leaving it perfectly hidden that you’re monitoring everything.

Auto Screenshot is a very nice tool for taking screenshots every given interval of time, and is quite useful.

Note: upon installation, a second window will pop up asking for you to install a toolbar and a Google Chrome extension. Simply click decline on these screens to continue.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS:

Download size: 407KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43

Portability: Requires installation

Auto Screenshot homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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6 comments

  1. jayesstee

    @AlanW:
    @Debbie:
    @ArtE:

    According to Wikipedia:
    “Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message, a form of security through obscurity.”

  2. ArtE

    @AlanW:
    Definitely ‘steganography’, however, ‘stenography’ is the art or process of writing in shorthand or
    transcribing speech with a stenograph machine. Although I do not watch the TV series ‘Madmen’, I would imagine that an executive, standing near his desk with a pensive look on his face, would say to his secretary, “Take a memo!”. The secretary, her steno pad and pencil in hand, would begin to record his dictation in an unintelligible handwritten script, vaguely resembling Arabic. That was stenography.