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hidden file

[¦hid·ən ¦fīl]
(computer science)
A disk file that does not appear in a directory listing and cannot be displayed, changed, or deleted.

hidden file

A file classification that makes a file invisible to the casual user. Hidden files are usually operating system components; however, commands issued on the command line and utility programs let users hide files to prevent unauthorized access. See dot file, Attrib, hidden file extensions, hidden network and hidden disk areas.
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Examples of software tools that employ steganography to hide data inside of other files as well as software to detect such hidden files will also be presented.
Hidden files. Some files - such as IO.sys and MS.DOS - are so critical to the computer's operation that they have been intentionally hidden by the operating system's manufacturer so that the casual user does not accidentally alter them.
Optimized encryption algorithm protects the hidden files, folders or documents from being accessed, even from shortcuts or recent document lists.
McKean speaks to victims, police officers and colleagues, and unearths previously hidden files to reveal why Smith's crimes were ignored by so many.
Also, while the lockers are perfectly secure, be aware that the hidden files and folders are hidden only while Folder Lock is running.
Experts who probed the hidden files are expected to present evidence that strongly questions the controversial verdicts of accidental death.
Nine per cent of men say they purposely keep the photos in hidden files on their computer.
New Walton MP Steve Rotheram and Garston MP Maria Eagle both previously expressed doubts to the Daily Post that the new Tory/Lib-Dem alliance was as committed to the hidden files project as the previous Labour government.
You may also want to set the individual computers to show "hidden files," as the recovery files (shown as .asd files) may not show properly.
The eight committee members walked out of a scheduled meeting with Finance Ministry officials last Sunday, declaring their intention to examine hidden files.
Secret dockets, super-sealed files, hidden files, and phony court dockets were very publicly debated when the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Chief Justice Fred Lewis' inquiry prompted by newspaper reports of abuses and mistakes.
The class will cover topics that include computer hardware and software basics, connecting to the Internet, blogs and MySpace, fraud, setting rules and expectations, chat rooms, Windows basics and finding hidden files, ID theft, methods used by sexual predators to locate and manipulate their victims, filtering, blocking and monitoring Internet activity with software, parental controls and searching a computer to see what others have been doing on it.