Rick Robinette at What’s On My PC, recently wrote a couple of intriguing articles on some esoteric ways cyber-criminals can gain access to the confidential information many of us keep on our computers.
If you think your confidential files are cyber-criminal proof, because you consider yourself an astute and savvy Internet user, and your machine is protected by the latest and greatest AV products – take a look at Atypical Ways of How Your Data Can Be Stolen, and Are Wireless Keyboards Secure?, on Rick’s site. You might be in for a surprise.
Reading these two articles has prompted me to republish the following article on how we can take advantage of the freeware program My Lockbox, to keep confidential files hidden from view.
You might wonder why you would need to conceal files on your computer in the first place; after all you have nothing to hide, right? Well if you’re like the rest of us, it’s almost certain that you do have something to hide.
At a minimum, it would be sensible to conceal files that contain financial data and other confidential information, that can easily be subject to intrusive viewing by others not authorized to do so.
Files that contain financial data and other confidential information continue to be targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer; all internet connected computers are subject to attack. Masking these files then, seems like a sensible precaution.
Confidentially of course, may not be the only reason you may have to conceal files. On a shared computer for example, it may be prudent to conceal particular files to ensure that they are not subject to accidental erasure. In fact, you may have lots of personal reasons to mask special files on your machine.
My Lockbox is a freeware software application that allows you to conceal files, and then password protect those files on your computer. Other users will not have access to these files, nor will they be able to accidentally, or otherwise, view them or manipulate them in any way.
The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from all other users and applications on your computer; including the Administrator and the System. The lockbox (protected folder), is impossible to access not only from the local computer, but also from the Internet.
Following the on-screen instructions makes this program extremely easy to setup and use. The lockbox location, password, and parameters are configured during the easy setup procedure.
After the setup is completed, the lockbox will be hidden and locked until you, as the user, enter the valid password. My Lockbox Control Panel allows you easily change basic lockbox parameters: lockbox location, protection status, and password.
The program is effective, easy to use and best of all – it’s free.
Very easy to use
Almost any folder on your computer can be password protected
Instant protection – no file scrambling
Lockbox folder is inaccessible even by the system administrators
Lockbox folder is inaccessible both locally and remotely
Lockbox folder can be protected in Windows safe mode
Hotkeys support – you can popup the Control Panel with a keystroke
Skinned user interface
System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista
Download at: Download.com.
Elsewhere in this Blog there is a review, and file download, for a similar type of program that encrypts, as well as conceals your files. The following is part of the review for this open source free program… “T r u e C r y p t is a free open-source disk encryption program for Windows and Linux, which creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk. The program automatically and transparently encrypts in real time”.
Go here for the full review of T r u e C r y p t and the file download.
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