Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hide Data Within A Text File WITHOUT using any Software

Have you ever find yourself with too many passwords to remember and no idea where to keep them so that only you can find the password list? Yes, you can use software like Truecrypt, My LockBox and Wise Folder Hider for such purpose, but all these programs requires installation on your PC which is obviously visible to prying eyes.

In today's tutorial I’m going to show you a handy trick to hide textual data within a simple text file without requiring any third-party utility.

1. Click on the Start orb and in the search bar type"cmd" (without quotes). Hit [Enter] to open command prompt. (XP users: click Start, then Run and type "cmd" and hit enter).

2. Navigate to any destination [In our case : C:\Test].

3. Now type the following command in the console :

       notepad PublicFile.txt:password.txt            

Note: You can change PublicFile.txt and password.txt to any other name of your choice. The key point is that there can’t be any spaces between the first filename and the colon.

4. Hit [Enter] and you will be prompted to create a new file.

5. Click "Yes" and enter whatever data you want to hide.

6. Save the file and close Notepad.

7. Visit the location where you have saved the file. There you will see your non-hidden file. Notice that the main file name is “PublicFile.txt” and there are no clues from the exterior that it contains a hidden file within it.

You can even open up the file by double-clicking on it, and add whatever data you want to make the file look normal.

8. You can also hide more than one text file in the same file. Simply type the command in Step 3 but with a different name after the colon. For example :

       notepad PublicFile.txt:secret.txt        

       notepad PublicFile.txt:confidential.txt    

None of these hidden files will affect the other, or change the main file.

To view hidden data, open command prompt and navigate to the folder where the text file is located. Now type  :

       notepad PublicFile.txt:password.txt         

change the PublicFile.txt and Secret.txt with the names that you used in Step 3 and in Step 8.

If you want to delete all the hidden files from the non-hidden file, you first need to download a small command line application called Streams.exe. Once installed, type the following command in the command window :

       streams.exe -d PublicFile.txt               

where PublicFile.txt is the name of your non-hidden file.

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  1. Superb.....I am a big fan of yours....keep writing..

  2. I think this is not working.. please help... I created on my desktop (as you said above using cmd i created ) notepad test1.txt:test2.txt and wrote some text in the file (hidden file test2.txt) . On my desktop it created as test1.Like you said i opened the file its not showing any data. I entered some text (in visible file test1.txt) .. After that inorder to check the portability of the file i copied the file into C: drive and there i tried to open with command notepad test1.txt:test2.txt but the hidden file is not show with the same data which we entered previously. Instead showing it as a new file. Please help.. wat to do if we want to take our file with passwords to other system to work there if needed ??

  3. This is great to see that now we can Hide Data Within A Text File WITHOUT using any Software. We the common people don't know much about software so we need simple procedures to do the things.


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