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Hide all Files in a Folder.

Encrypting files prevents anyone reading or using the files without the correct Pass Phrase or Password. However, encrypted files are obvious on a system. If someone is dedicated enough they may well eventually break the encryption by guessing the password.

However if you hide the files, most people will not even know they are there to try and decrypt.

You can hide unencrypted files, encrypted files or both together, the choice is yours.


How do I hide all the Files in a Folder?

To hide all files in a folder select a folder from the QuickCrypto full menu “Hide>Hide Folder …” or click the "Hide Folder" button on the main console screen. Once selected all files in the folder will be hidden.

All Files can be hidden from within the CryptoExplorer. Select a folder and ‘right-click’, then select ‘Hide/Unhide Folder’ or click the 'Hide Folder' button on the top toolbar.

All Files in a Folder can be hidden from within the Windows Explorer®. Select a folder and 'right-click', then select 'Hide'.


How do I ‘unhide’ Files?

Files can only be unhidden by using the Crypto Explorer!

View hidden files by clicking “Options>Show Hidden Files” from the CryptoExplorer menu or click the 'Show Hidden Files' button on the top toolbar.

Any hidden files (encrypted or not encrypted) will be shown highlighted in red text with a red shield icon.

To unhide the full folder (all hidden files in the folder), ‘right-click’ the folder and choose ‘unhide folder’ option or click the 'UnHide Folder' button on the top toolbar.

NOTE – To password protect the displaying of hidden files, tick the “The Default Password is Required to View Hidden Files” option box in the Configure menu. With this option enabled only those people who know the system default pass phrase will be able to view hidden files even with the Crypto Explorer.


Where are the hidden files?

The hidden files are still within the original folder but do not register with most normal Windows® software (e.g. Windows® Explorer and most applications that process files).


Files (and secret messages) can also be hidden in image and sound files using the steganography function.


CAUTION: Folders that have hidden files appear empty. If the ‘empty’ folder is deleted so are the hidden files. It is usually prudent to leave at least one file unhidden in a folder with hidden files - to help prevent accidental removal!

WARNING: Some back-up software may NOT back-up hidden files!